Sign up for Easter holidays and food programme - The Malvern Observer

Sign up for Easter holidays and food programme

Malvern Editorial 26th Feb, 2024   0

FAMILIES and schools can now sign up for the Easter Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme.

The scheme will enable children and young people receiving benefits-related free school meals to attend holiday activities and experiences during the Easter break.

The programme creates free places for eligible children to attend with a focus on enriching activities with a healthy meal and snacks included.

Research has shown the school holidays can be pressure points for some families so the HAF programme encourages children to access out-of-school activities to eat well, get active, have fun and make friends.

Worcestershire Children First and Worcestershire County Council partnered up with 47 providers to deliver the Winter 2023 HAF programme, which also included specialist clubs for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).

Activities ranged from sports, arts and crafts, performance, outdoor adventure, water sports, swimming, dance, animal care, yoga and life skills. The sessions were attended by 2,300 children and young people – 1,781 of those were in receipt of free school meals and 675 with SEND.

Feedback from families taking part in Christmas holiday activities was very positive.

One said: “My son came home every day happy, belly full and enjoyed his day.”

Another added: “It gives some stability to a busy and over stimulating time of year for the children that need it. It helped my son feel calmer and more settled.”

And a third said: “My two children participated in the Lakeside activities provided by Worcester University, it was fantastic.

“The kids had plenty of fresh air and were able to do things they’ve not done before.”

Coun Tracey Onslow, Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Education, said: “It’s brilliant that so many children and young people are benefiting from the HAF Worcestershire programme.

“We’re so grateful to all the providers who get involved to put on such a varied programme of activities across the county.”

Families and schools can visit to sign up to the Easter programme.

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