Don’t miss out on free fun activities for the family this summer

Parents and guardians are being urged to check out the vast array of activities to keep the kids busy over the Summer holidays.

Published: Friday, 23rd July 2021

Holiday Activity Fund 2021
Holiday Activity Fund 2021

Families are being encouraged to take full advantage of a whole raft of fun and free activities across the borough including football, arts and crafts, boxing, drama, gardening and much more.

The Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF) has returned for the summer to provide exciting activities, plus a meal for eligible children and young people.

Cllr Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Youth Services said:

“We know that school holidays can be a challenging time for families on low incomes and that the past year has been particularly tough due to the disruption caused by the pandemic. The programme enables children to have enriching experiences while helping to alleviate any parental pressure to keep the kids engaged with learning.

“School holidays present a fantastic opportunity for children to develop while having fun experiences, socialising with their peers and make lasting memories – and no child should miss out on that.

“I’m thankful to the incredible campaigning across the country, by the likes of footballer Marcus Rashford MBE and others, who have helped extend the scheme to cover this year’s summer holidays too.”

Any family that is entitled to benefits-related free school meals can apply for a free place for their child at a range of holiday clubs and activities. Funding has been provided by the Department of Education. More information here.

The Council is working in partnership with local schools, community organisations, faith groups as well as existing holiday and sport club providers, to provide a varied and wide-range of safe face-to-face activities suitable for 5-16-year-olds.

For those parents who take care of a disabled child, the Council’s Short Breaks for Disabled Children programme is open so families can have a well-deserved rest together and enjoy some down time.

Visit: Synergy - Enquiry ( to see the range of activities available.

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