Parents: this is how to book free-of-charge children’s summer holiday activities
Published: Wednesday, 6 July, 2022
The first summer holiday activities for children who live in the Stroud district will be available to book from mid-day on 11July.
There will be something for everyone, including sport, dance, drama, music, craft, and a whole host of other activities during four weeks of the school summer holiday 1 - 29 August 2022.
Stroud District Council will be co-ordinating the activities for children in the Stroud district, working closely with community groups, the voluntary sector, and other organisations.
Some of the activities will be reserved for children from reception to year 11 who receive benefits-related free school meals (the Holiday Activity Fund, or HAF).
The Holiday Activity Fund (HAF) programme is designed to make sure children and young people who receive free school meals are entertained, active, educated, safe and fed during the school summer holiday and is funded by the Department for Education.
Other activities will be available for all children and young people (Holiday Activities Programme, or HAP, formerly known as COMF) which is funded by grants.
Last year Stroud District Council partners delivered more than 2,700 summer holiday activities and almost 1,000 families in the district received a food box to help with lunchtime meals. Council staff produced more than 200 food bags which were delivered by Neighbourhood Wardens to those who don’t drive or were isolating.
Cllr Chris Brine, Stroud District Council Community Services and Licensing Committee chair said:
“We know that many parents find it difficult to keep children entertained during the summer holidays. Our popular holiday activities will help children in the Stroud district to have a healthy and happy holiday, whatever their background or life situation.”
Cllr Beki Aldam, vice chair added:
“The Holiday Activity programme supports the Council Plan to embed equality, diversity and inclusion across the district, with targeted support for those who experience the most disadvantage in our communities.”
Summer holiday activities can be booked here: https://www.stroud.gov.uk/community-health-and-wellbeing/holiday-activity-food-programme-2022
If you are booking for the first time you will need to create an account which can be done here: https://gloucestershirecounty.coordinate.cloud/account/register
Not all the activities will be available to book immediately and new activities will be added throughout the coming weeks.
Keep up to date with the holiday activity programme by following the Stroud District Council HAF page on Facebook.
To find out whether you are eligible for benefits, including Council Tax support for families on low incomes visit https://www.stroud.gov.uk/benefits
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