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HAF programme information for holiday activity providers

Do you deliver holiday activities for 5 to 16 year old’s living in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area? We are looking to fund a range of providers who meet the stated requirements of the holiday activities and food programme (HAF) to offer free places for children on benefits-related free school meals.

We ran a pilot programme over the Easter 2021 holiday and are looking for providers to deliver activities in the summer and Christmas holidays.

We have a rich and diverse range of activities already on offer in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, from holiday clubs to water sports, youth clubs to forest schools and we are keen to keep growing the list of providers. 

For information about other holiday activities we know about already please click here.

If you offer activities in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area and are not yet listed on the Family Information Directory please email

HAF programme aims

The aims of the HAF programme are to support children on benefits-related free school meals to:

  • eat more healthily
  • be more active
  • take part in engaging and enriching activities, which support the development of resilience, character, well-being along and wider education attainment
  • be safe and not socially isolated
  • have a greater knowledge of health and nutrition
  • be more engaged with school and other local services

We also want to ensure that children and families develop their understanding of nutrition and food budgeting as well as being signposted to additional information and support, on things such as health, employment and education.

Applying to take part for summer and Christmas 2021

We will shortly be inviting grant applications for summer 2021 provision. Further information about the programme and the grant application process for summer 2021 will be added to the HAF funding and grant information page. Please keep checking back with us as we update our information regularly.

Applications to take part in the programme can be made individually or can be made in partnership in order to deliver the aims of the programme and we look forward to receiving creative applications whereby two or more organisations present a joint application.

Organisations that might help

The following organisations may help you to meet the DfE requirements and develop some efficient and effective partnerships too.

  • Active Dorset: Active Dorset may be able to help both activity providers and education establishments with expertise and resource, to find out more please visit or email
  • Community Action Network (CAN): Community Action Network is a charity providing professional and practical support to organisations working within the voluntary and community sector in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. They provide professional expertise, practical services and a platform for promoting and sharing volunteering opportunities. They help groups set up, speak up on their behalf to ensure they have a say in the local community, support them to network, and give them the tools and knowledge they need to grow and thrive.
  • Parent Carers TogetherParent Carers Together is a friendly parent carer forum set up to represent the voices of Parent Carers of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities aged 0-25 living in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.  The forum work in partnership with the local authority, health services and other service providers to raise awareness, influence change and support parents and carers

Phunky Foods are also offering free nutrition education resources. Find out more in the downloads section.