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Holiday activities and food programme

The Department for Education’s Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme has been expanded to reach all Local Authority areas over the Easter, Summer and Christmas holidays during 2021.

This programme has provided healthy food and enriching activities during the summer holidays to children who receive benefits-related free school meals. It offers valuable support to families on lower incomes, giving them the opportunity to access rewarding activities alongside healthy meals over the school holidays.

As a result of the extension of the HAF programme, Devon County Council will be receiving a substantial grant to develop and co-ordinate:

  • An activity and Food programme to all children (5 -16 years).
  • A programme that offers inclusive and accessible provision (for example, SEND, young carers, etc).
  • An offer that will consist of at least 4 hours, for 4 days a week, per child for 4 weeks in the summer, and for one week in Easter and Christmas holidays.

Devon County Council is keen to work with a wide range of partners to maximise resources and opportunities in the development of a countywide HAF programme. The initial plan is to develop the programme in the following areas:

  • Barnstaple
  • Beacon
  • Bideford
  • Central and Chestnut
  • West Exe
  • Dartmouth
  • Holsworthy
  • Ilfracombe
  • Newton Abbot
  • Teignmouth
  • Tiverton

Offers to deliver in other areas are also welcome, however, and the team at Devon County Council can help you to deliver the programme by providing advice, support and a grant.

If your organisation would like help us to deliver this programme in your area, or you know of an organisation or individual who may like to get involved, please complete the Expression of Interest Form. Expressions of Interest should be submitted by 3rd March 2021 at the latest.

Once the Expression of Interest form in submitted and received, we will contact you to set out the next steps in preparation for the Easter holidays – this will include details of the funding available and the evaluation process.

If you have any queries, please contact the co-ordinators:

The Goodie Box

Information for referring organisations about the Goodie Box scheme can be found on the Inside Devon website.