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Holiday activities and food programme

Days until our HAF Summer programme begins

Funded by the Department for Education, our FREE holiday activities and food (HAF) programme has been a huge success, providing healthy food and enriching activities for primary and secondary school-aged children eligible for benefits-related free school meals.

The aim of the HAF programme is to support children to eat more healthily, be more active over the school holidays and have a greater knowledge of health and nutrition, as well as be more engaged with school and other local services. The video to the right gives an overview of the HAF programme.

Is my child eligible?

The HAF programme is primarily for children aged 4-18 years who are eligible for and receiving benefits-related free school meals (FSM), and their families. Children who are in receipt of a support plan via Early Help, Child In Need or Children We Look After, EHCP, or if your child receives additional hours at school then you are also eligible for the HAF programme. 

Please note that not all activity providers will be able to accommodate the full age range of the programme. Please check with the provider what age group is appropriate to their activity.

How do we access the programme?

To access the programme, simply book a place through one of the providers we list. Please note that booking details differ depending on each provider.

Do you have provision for children with SEND?

We have SEND specific and SEND accessible activities for children across the programme. Look out for this key guide:

SS - SEND Specific: solely for children and young people with SEND and their families.

S - SEND Friendly: venue or event where providers have general SEND awareness and small adjustments can be made. 

SA - SEND Accessible: physically accessible venue or event.

F - Family Friendly: accessible for all families.

What do our children, young people and their parent/carers have to say about HAF?

Watch the video to the right to hear some of the feedback we've received from those who have taken part in HAF activities.


Take a look at some of the activities that took place during the Easter HAF sessions.

A young child holds up a tie dye tshirt they have made at the Fearless Youth session
Children riding around on bicycles at the Friends Play simply cycling session
Four children appear to be standing on the ceiling during a visit to the Quirky Quarter with Friends Play
Children decorating bird houses at Cabbage Hall Allotments
A young child paints a bear made from clay
Children making slime
Children use tablet devices to create animations with lego
Children use tablet devices to create animations with lego
Children take part in a Mad Hatters Tea Party at St Helens Library
Children playing tennis
Children take part in multi-sport activities
A game of tug of war
Children take part in a three-legged race
Children take part in an archery session
Children take part in a shadow puppetry session
Two children holding small tortoise, 'Tiny Tim', during a visit from Animal Magic Mobile Zoo at the Deafness Resource Centre
Children take part in a cookery class at the Deafness Resource Centre
Children holding plant pots at the 'grow your own salad' session at Cabbage Hall Allotments
Children making dream catchers
Children enjoying water activities
Child showing the t-shirt she has designed
Children playing on swing
Young person making his graffiti art
Young person making her graffiti art
Children learning orienteering skills

HAF funded by DfE

Contact us

For any enquiries relating to our HAF programme please email or call Central Link Children's Centre on 01744 673445.