Holiday activities and food programme (HAF)

Winter 2022

Holiday activities and food Winter 2022We are looking forward to an exciting programme of fun activities for the Christmas holidays. This follows a successful summer holiday programme, when over 50% more children benefited from a funded place, than at Easter.

There are a wide range of different activities, aimed at helping children and young people to:

  • be more active
  • learn new skills
  • make new friends, and
  • work together

There will be an emphasis over the festive season to provide warm spaces and food whilst bringing families together for parties, discos and trips out. 

The activities will help to increase self-esteem, improve wellbeing and provide information and advice on healthy eating and nutrition.

Most importantly, we want children to have fun! 

The programme will run for one week over the Christmas holidays. Most districts are providing this before Christmas. There will be four hours of activities a day, including a meal, over four days.

We are working with a wide range of partners, including our district council colleagues and StreetGames, to develop new opportunities and build on existing activity programmes. Clubs and activities are being run by established community groups, creative arts, sports and youth organisations.

Who is the programme for

Funding for the programme has been provided from the Department for Education (DfE) to Lancashire County Council.

To get a free place on the Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF) your family needs to be eligible for free school meals

If you are not sure if this applies to you, ask at your child's school and they will be able to help you.

How to apply

If you have a child or young person who wants to take part in the HAF programme, book with your district council via the links below.

If your district doesn't appear yet, don't worry it will be added soon.