The Government’s Holiday Activities and Food fund (HAF) primarily supports children who receive free school meals. However, here in Stoke-on-Trent, a unique partnership between Stoke-on-Trent City Council and the Hubb Foundation will ensure many more children across the city are able to access this summer’s activities programme.
The summer programme is being delivered by both schools and in community venues. Sessions at community venues will be open to children and families. School-based sessions are being coordinated directly with school lead staff who have the best knowledge of the children in their care.
Available to children aged between five and 16, the sessions will include a range of physical activities, arts and crafts and exciting new experiences run by expert organisations including STEM activities. A healthy meal will be also be provided for each attendee. Children will be offered free activities typically for four hours a day, for four days a week throughout the summer holiday period.
Details about the summer HAF programme, session details and how you can take part can be found at www.thehubbfoundation.com/haf-2021
Stoke-on-Trent City Council are continuing to work in partnership with Wonde to issue supermarket vouchers to support families on free school meals and families where children have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) in place over the summer holiday period. Each family in the city who is eligible will get a £60 voucher per child.
Families do not need to apply for a voucher if their child is at a school in the city – schools will issue the vouchers directly for children who are eligible to receive them.
Details about the food voucher scheme can be found here.