Funded by the Department for Education, the St Helens Council FREE Holiday Activities & Food (HAF) programme was a huge success last Christmas and summer, providing healthy food and enriching activities for primary and secondary school aged children eligible for benefits-related free school meals.
The aim of the HAF programme is to support children to eat more healthily, be more active over the school holidays and have a greater knowledge of health and nutrition as well as be more engaged with school and other local services.
The HAF programme is primarily for children aged 5-16 years who are eligible for and receiving benefits-related free school meals (FSM), and their families.
Please note that not all activity providers will be able to accommodate the full age range of the programme. Please check with the provider what age group is appropriate to their activity.
To access the programme, simply book a place through one of the providers listed. Please note that booking details differ depending on each provider.
COVID risk assessments for all HAF activities have been completed and quality assured. These will continue to be updated as national and local government guidance changes. There is also contingency plans in place to deliver activities through alternative venues or formats in the unlikely event that they cannot operate safely.
Yes, there are provisions for SEND children. Many activities will be inclusive and able to support children with SEND - look out for the 'SEND friendly' icon on the timetable.