A SUPPORT programme aimed at promoting the benefits of healthy living to deprived families in West Dunbartonshire has been hailed.

The Food, Families and Futures programme is delivered in collaboration with Children in Scotland and the food distribution company Brakes to ensure improving health and wellbeing for the most deprived families.

The pilot in West Dunbartonshire provided 400 places at the Vale of Leven Academy and Clydebank High School, running on alternate days over the first fortnight of the summer holidays.

A report to go before a council education committee this week says: “It consisted of four hour long sessions run by the Pupil and Family Support Workers and included sporting activities, cookery demonstrations, craft activities and eating together.

“Working4U were available to talk to parents about further training and employment opportunities.

“The sessions were well received, with a total of 247 adults, children and young people attending over the two weeks.”