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York families benefit from summer holiday activity programme

Published Monday, 12 July 2021

Families in York are to benefit from an expanded city-wide holiday activity programme for children and young people this summer.

The programme is being funded through the government’s Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF), which provides healthy food and activities to targeted children.

The summer sessions, which all include a daily nutritious meal, are available to children who are eligible for free school meals and include schemes run by York City Football Club, York Theatre Royal, local charities and schools.

They follow pilot activities run in two York schools at Easter. The Government is scheduled to fund similar activities again at Christmas.

Cllr Ian Cuthbertson, City of York Council’s Executive member for Children, Young People and Education, said:

School holidays can be a difficult time for some families, particularly with increased food and childcare costs.

"These summer activities with healthy food will follow successful pilot schemes which ran in York at Easter. I hope that even more children and families will benefit from this programme, which builds on fantastic work that is already taking place across the city."

Andrew Forsey, Chair of the HAF Alliance, said:

The importance of an enriching holiday experience for all children cannot be underestimated.

"There is evidence that the best HAF programmes benefit children, parents and communities by enabling children to learn new skills, socialise with friends, and enjoy nutritious food in a safe environment, while supporting their return to school and alleviating parental stress. The HAF Alliance is sharing its expertise and best practice with local authorities to help them to develop and deliver excellent holiday programmes for their local communities."

Parents and carers who think their children and young people might benefit from the clubs should check with their school whether they are eligible, then see which programmes are still available. They should then contact their child’s school which will then make the bookings on behalf of the eligible children.