This summer we have teamed up with Hyndburn Borough Council alongside many other providers in the local area to ensure that children who receive free school meals are able to access free lunches and sports provision during the summer holidays.
The Holiday Activities & Food Programme (HAF) is a government funded project that is run through local councils alongside local providers up and down the country to make sure that the needs of the community are met. The project aims to make free holiday course places available to children eligible for benefits-related free school meals for 4 days a week and for 4 weeks of the holiday.
Our sessions have been held at Hyndburn Academy and St Christophers High School from late morning to mid-afternoon for 8 to 16 year olds. The children that have attending have had access to a healthy packed lunch and sport sessions led by qualified coaches, in a safe and enjoyable environment.
Lee Walsh commented, ‘ being able to offer this support to local families that can find school holidays to be a difficult time due to increased food bills or child care cost is great. HAF has allowed us to increase our offer to those that need it most. Holiday clubs can have a positive impact on children by enabling them to learn new skills, socialise and enjoy healthy food in a safe environment’.
Following the success of this summer project we are exploring options for future holidays and we are hopeful we can offer something similar during the next school holidays in October