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Yes, despite the weather it is actually summer!! 

At Easter we wrote a blog about holiday hunger and the effects it can have on children and families, well the summer holidays are upon us and many families who should be enjoying their summer will struggle for both time and money

Below is a summary of the government funded Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) also in the image on this blog you will see a summary of local cafes and restaurants providing offers for children, this is courtesy of Money Saving Central, for further information you can also visit Martin Lewis website

The HAF programme provides healthy meals and enriching activities for thousands of children and young people aged 5-16 across the borough during the Easter, Summer and Christmas school holidays.

The scheme is funded by the Department for Education and is open to families in receipt of benefits-related free school meals.

The programme aims to encourage children to:

  • eat more healthily;
  • be more active;
  • take part in engaging and enriching activities that support the development of resilience, character and wellbeing as well as their wider educational attainment;
  • be safe and not to be socially isolated;
  • have a greater knowledge of health and nutrition;
  • be more engaged with school and other local services.

Eligible families receive e-vouchers via email or directly to a mobile phone, enabling them to book activities via Holiday Activities.

Activity camps are delivered by Be Well leisure and wellbeing service plus a range of external providers. 

Available activities include sports, dance, drama, media, computing, arts and crafts, and much more – ensuring there is something for everyone.

Children are also provided with healthy and nutritious meals each day that they attend camp.

The HAF programme is for school-aged children from reception to year 11 (inclusive) who receive benefits-related free school meals (FSM).

Benefits-related free school meals are available to pupils if their parents are in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits, and have a claim verified by their school or local authority.

For further eligibility details and more information about HAF please visit the official government website.

For those who do not receive benefits-related free school meals, the following partners are also offering paid-for provision for 2023. If you would like to find out more, please contact the provider.