Ashfield District Council is rolling out the Government’s expanded Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme this summer, with the support of Marcus Rashford MBE.
The programme, backed by the Child Food Poverty Taskforce, offers fun and food for children and young people across the District during the school holidays. The holiday club places are free to those who are eligible for free school meals, with children and young people of all ages and backgrounds welcome.
The holiday programme is targeted to support children and young people who have been most affected by the pandemic, offering a safe and supportive environment where they can learn, be active and eat well, as well as make new friends locally.
The Council has joined up with several local stakeholders to offer a range of fun activities including sports, crafts, singing and dancing.
Cllr Jason Zadrozny, Leader of Ashfield District Council says “We are proud to be a part of this scheme, which offers a range of fun activities for children that may not normally have the opportunity to get involved.
“Our programme offers something for all children, whatever their interest. There are opportunities to swim and skate at our leisure centres, learn new crafts, take part in dancing and singing or play team sports like football and cricket.”
New data reveals 30% of parents of school-aged children are worried about feeding their children over the summer holidays. This is higher among parents with children (aged 8-16) on Free School Meals with 49% worried about feeding their children over the summer holidays.
Cllr Zadrozny continues “A meal is included in all sessions, relieving some of the worry parents can feel around feeding their children over the holidays. Our programme will provide a set of fun activities ensuring children can enjoy and learn new skills, as well as enjoy healthy and tasty meals, teaching children about food and nutrition in fun and active ways.”
Marcus Rashford said: “I know only too well that the holidays can be a really difficult time for families who are struggling. It’s such a weight off their shoulders to know that there is a safe space for their children to go, where their minds can be stimulated, and where they are guaranteed at least one meal a day.”
Details of all the activities available in Ashfield, along with details on how to book a place can be found at:
A number of activities are also available for children not receiving free school meals for a small fee. Full details can be found on our website.