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HAF programme information for parents and carers

The holiday activities and food programme (HAF) aims to help children receiving 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 and wider education attainment
  • be safe and not socially isolated
  • improve their knowledge of health and nutrition
  • be more engaged with school and other local services

If your child is aged 5 to 16 and gets benefits-related free school meals, these activities are free. Your child will also be given a free meal which meets the school food standards when they are at the activity.

The programme is a great opportunity for children to get out and about and get active. We ran a successful pilot programme over the Easter 2021 holiday and are working with local providers to make sure there are lots of things available to do in the summer and Christmas holidays such as football, table tennis, creative activities, junk modelling, painting, trips out and lots more!

Activities will help you learn more about nutrition as a family too, and will give you the chance to have a go at cooking some tasty family meals at no cost to you.

We also want to help you and your children develop your understanding of nutrition and food budgeting.  Activity providers will also be able to help signpost you to additional information and support, on things such as health, employment and education.

How to get involved

Before the summer holiday we will list the providers who will be offering summer holiday HAF places accross Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. 

If you see an activity you like, simply contact the provider directly for more information and to book places.

If your preferred activity provider is not listed, please let them know about the programme – they might not know about it yet and may want to be involved. 

Community food support

BCP Council has created an Access to Food Map which shows the variety of community food support available throughout Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and provides information on community meals, cooked meal delivery and cooking workshops, as well as foodbanks and social supermarkets. You can view the map here.