Holiday Activities & Food Programme
Chorley Borough Council are working in partnership with Inspire Youth Zone and Chorley School Sports Partnership to provide FREE holiday activity places for children in the summer holidays.
The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme or ”Summer of Fun” is aimed at providing healthy food and enriching activities for primary and secondary school aged children who are eligible for benefit related free school meals during the Summer holidays.
There are a variety of clubs on offer at a variety of sites across the borough, and transport can be provided for your child if you live in a rural area or village outside of the town. These places have been funded through the Government’s Holiday Activity and Food programme (HAF), administered by Lancashire County Council. This provision:
- Is FREE for Children and Young People in receipt of FSM and includes
- offers 4 hours of activity PER DAY
- Is for 4 Days per week
- For 4 weeks of the summer holidays
- and includes a meal and refreshments
- Transport can be provided for those in rural areas
Is my child eligible?
If your child is aged 4-16 and eligible for benefit related free school meals.
How do I book a place?
The form will ask some basic information to help us to allocate your booking and process your place. If you need a hard copy booking form, these can be requested through your school or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free holiday activities are a response to this issue and evidence suggests that they can have a positive impact on children and young people and that they work best when they:
- provide consistent and easily accessible enrichment activities
- cover more than just breakfast or lunch
- involve children (and parents) in food preparation
For some children that can lead to a holiday experience gap, and families needing extra support:
- less likely to access organised out-of-school activities
- more likely to experience ‘unhealthy holidays’ in terms of nutrition and physical health
- more likely to experience social isolation