The holiday activities and food (HAF) programme runs during the school holidays to offer free, fun activities and food to children and young people aged 5 to 16 years. We understand that the school holidays can be a challenging time for parents, and the HAF can support this. All children who are eligible for benefit-related free school meals can take part.
Organisations can sign up as ‘providers’ to offer activities for children. These activities might include:
- sport or physical activity, for example football, swimming, or table tennis
- creative activities, for example music workshops or putting on a play
- experiences, for example a nature walk or visiting a museum
The HAF programme runs during the three main school holidays – Christmas, Easter, and summer.
Applications are now open for HAF Christmas 2022. It doesn’t matter if you’ve taken part in the HAF programme before or not – we welcome applications from everyone.
Every provider has to offer activities for at least the minimum amount of time - for HAF Christmas 2022, this is at least one day over the holidays, for a minimum of 2 hours per day. Ideally, you will offer activities for 4 hours per day, over 4 days.
The closing date for applications is 9am on Wednesday 19 October 2022.
Once the activities for HAF Christmas 2022 are confirmed, you’ll find a link here to sign up. Please check back closer to the time.