VOLUNTEERS from a Dudley housing association have teamed up with a local church to combat holiday hunger this half-term.

A Lego fun club will take place on February 21 to 23 at Milking Bank Primary School.

Children can enjoy fun, Lego themed activities and will be provided with a healthy lunch.

Anna Gillepsie, CEO of Churches Housing Association of Dudley and District (CHADD), said: "We know that families are struggling to make ends meet and provide essentials for their children, and this includes providing food during the school holidays.

"We wanted to offer something fun for children and a healthy meal so that parents can access a bit of help this coming half-term. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Living Hope Church and our suppliers to help make this happen."

The event is part of a national initiative to tackle holiday hunger experienced by children who usually receive free school meals but go hungry during school holidays.

Anna said the organisation has noticed a rise in families seeking help during the holidays. She said families who are in work are struggling to make ends meet and as a result are cutting back on food and essentials.

CHADD has helped communities in Dudley for 37 years and is supported by the Church of England Diocese of Dudley. It provides services for young people, older people, people with disabilities and mental health conditions.

The Dudley-based organisation has also provided a women's refuge for over 30 years and five families from the refuge will benefit from the volunteer-led club.

It is hoped that if demand is there and volunteers can be found, the project can be rolled out for every school holiday.

To book a place text 07983 381662 or call 01384 671370 and give the name, age and dietary requirements of each child.