Sign up for free holiday clubs this winter

Free government-funded scheme for families accessing benefits-related free school meals

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Families are encouraged to sign up now for free holiday clubs running in Leicestershire over the Christmas holiday period.

The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme is a government-funded free scheme for children aged five to 16 who are in receipt of benefits-related free school meals.

Leicestershire County Council is working with Active Together to co-ordinate the winter HAF programme which will be delivered at venues across the county by schools, voluntary and community organisations, childcare providers and sports clubs. 


I’m very pleased we are able to deliver the programme again over winter.

"This will allow us to provide activities and meals for those most in need. I’d encourage all those eligible to apply by visiting our website.”


Children and young people can access up to four holiday club sessions (16 hours) over the Christmas holidays - free of charge.

The sessions will offer a variety of fun activities, including sports, music, arts and exciting opportunities to learn and develop new skills, alongside a nutritious meal each day. 

Some holiday clubs will also offer fee paying places for children and young people not eligible for free school meals; and families who are eligible for Universal Credit may be able to claim back up to 85% of their childcare costs. 

As well as offering HAF, the council will also use government funding to provide food and fuel vouchers for vulnerable families this winter  

Find out more about the Winter HAF here

More information is also available on the national programme 


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