Spring into action this Easter with free school holiday activities

Published
31.03.2022

The Holiday Activities and Food Programme returns from 11 - 14 April to offer a variety of free healthy, holiday activities for families across Gloucestershire.

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Bookings are now open for the spring Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF) funded by the Department of Education, for children eligible for benefits related free school meals.

Using grant funding, the council is also once again able to offer local holiday activities which are available to all children and young people across the county.

The spring programme will run for 4 days between 11 and 14 April 2022. Families who have registered previously will be automatically enrolled and do not need to sign up again.

Gloucestershire’s HAF Programme is going from strength to strength, with the DfE confirming its continuation for the next three years and £1.59m funding for spring, summer and winter 2022.

In 2021, the council worked together with 6 district partners and over 140 activity providers to keep children and young people across the county active and engaged, with access to healthy food, for six weeks during the school holidays.

Following a successful pilot last spring, the summer and winter 2021 programmes supported:

  • 21,063 children to attend face to face activity sessions, with 8865 also supported remotely
  • 14,418 food boxes/tokens and 18,581 meals served
  • 743 children and young people with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities

Cllr Stephen Davies, cabinet member for children’s safeguarding and early years at Gloucestershire County Council said: “I’m delighted that we can confirm the Holiday Activities and Food Programme will continue for the next three years, which means the council and its partners can continue to offer this valuable support for families during the school holidays.

“The spring offer includes a variety of fun, healthy and enriching activities to keep children and young people active and entertained, building upon the success of the 2021 programme which proved so popular with families.”

Find out more about the programme here

 

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