Parents and carers across Torbay may be eligible to benefit from a free holiday clubs programme, known as ‘Healthy Holidays’ over the school summer break.
Children aged 5 to 16 years who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals will have the chance to take part in a range of free activities during the school summer holiday.
Healthy Holidays clubs will involve helping young people learn new things, taking part in enriching activities from sport to music, dance, drama, art, cooking and gardening, as well as improving socialisation, helping young people to have fun with friends this summer.
Made possible by Torbay Council receiving a share of a nationwide investment of up to £220 million, from the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme, the programme which initially ran over the Easter school holidays has been expanded to include the summer and Christmas school holidays in 2021.
The local programme will launch in Torbay on Monday 26 July 2021 and will run for 4-weeks across Torbay in youth centres and other venues. A healthy lunch will be provided to everyone taking part. Specific provisions are available for children with SEND or additional needs, at no additional costs to parents or carers.
Families whose children are in receipt of benefits-related free school meals that are interested in booking their children onto one of the sessions can do so by visiting the events page.
Watch this short video of Marcus Rashford spreading the word about the Holiday Activities and Food Programme 2021
About Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme
HAF is a national scheme being facilitated by Torbay Council in the Bay to ensure that children have access to food and activities over the school holiday periods. Torbay Council will be delivering at least four hours per day for four days per week, one week in the Easter holiday period, four weeks in the summer holiday period and one week in the Christmas holiday period.
The primary aims of the programme are to reduce social isolation and ‘holiday hunger’ for children aged 5 to 16 years who are in receipt of benefits based Free School Meals.
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