Parents and carers whose primary and secondary school aged children are in receipt of benefits-related free school meals will be eligible to take advantage of the free activity programme known as ‘Healthy Holidays’ over the school festive break.

Healthy Holidays clubs will involve helping young people learn new things, activities on offer over Christmas include sports, Christmas arts and crafts, storytelling, cooking, film making and drama sessions. 

The activities programme will launch in Torbay on Friday Monday 20 December 2021 and will run for 2-weeks across Torbay at locations including the Acorn Centre and Windmill Centre in Torquay, Torbay Leisure Centre and Roselands Nursery in Paignton. Each session includes a healthy lunch. Specific provisions are available for children with SEND or additional needs, at no additional costs to parents or carers.

Made possible by Torbay Council sharing out over £600,000 received as part of the national Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme to local providers, the programme helps to alleviate social isolation and some of the parental financial stresses that school holidays can bring. 

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.

  For a full list of activities and to book a place, visit our events page

Watch this short video of Marcus Rashford spreading the word about the Holiday Activities and Food Programme 2021