Support over the summer holidays from the Children and Families hub


Over the summer holidays, we have several different schemes in place to support families. We would like to make you aware of these schemes now so you can pass details onto families early , meaning they are conscious of the support available when considering their plans for the summer.


1. The Holiday Free School Meal Voucher Scheme

Once again, the Holiday FSM voucher scheme will be returning for the summer holidays. Like last year, the scheme will be covering 2 of the 6 weeks of the holidays. Parents will receive £30 per child (£15 per week, per child) from reception to year 11, that receives benefits related free school meals.

Key dates:

  • Applications will open on the 28 June and close at midday on the 12 July. A separate communication will be released to schools to announce this on the 28 July as a reminder.
  • Vouchers will be released between the 13 and 14July.

For more information, visit our website and if you have any queries, please get in touch at

2. The Holiday Activity and Food Programme (HAF and HAP)

The HAF programme will be returning from  1 to 27 August covering 4 weeks of the summer holidays to provide families with enriching activities and nutritious food for families who receive benefits -related free school meals.

Our extended Holiday Activities Programme (HAP) offer will also be returning so that all families in Gloucestershire will have the chance to participate in the holiday fun.

More information will be released from 20 June.

To stay up to date on news, families can subscribe to our HAF newsletter. For more information, visit our website.

3. Holiday food boxes

Holiday Food boxes will be available across Gloucestershire for the month of August. More information on when these will be available to book will be released from 20 June.

Eligibility for the Holiday Food Boxes requires your children to receive benefits-related free school meals.

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