Holiday Activities & Food

Welcome to the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) website. Here you’ll be able to view holiday activities, find further information about the programme and learn how to become a HAF provider offering fun and creative opportunities in the Easter, summer and Christmas holidays for families in receipt of benefits related free school meals and families of children and young people with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

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Who is the programme for?

The programme is designed to provide children and young people who receive benefit-related free school meals with free fun activities across the school holidays. There are also a limited number of places made available to children and young people with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

We would like as many families getting involved in HAF, and due to the demand for places, children and young people are able to attend 4 HAF activities for free at Easter, 16 sessions throughout the summer holidays and a further 4 activities at Christmas, with places allocated on a first-come, first served basis.

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Summer holiday activities

We'll tell you all about the fun and creative activities that will take place over the summer break closer to the start of the 6 week holidays.

Holiday activities

To be the first to hear about HAF activities please make sure you are signed up to our Newsletter.

Past events

Here's what to expect on some of our HAF programmes:

HAF Providers

Here is a list of all the organisations who have received an annual grant to deliver activities in the holidays. You can find out more information about their sessions and how to book by signing up to the Newsletter and all schools will receive details about their programmes too.

  • First Step Sports (East Riding wide, primary school aged children)
  • Flying Futures (East Riding wide, primary school aged children)
  • Hull KR (East Riding wide, primary and secondary school aged children and young people)
  • Inmans Primary (Hedon, primary school aged children)
  • Abilites (East Riding wide, SEND specific, primary and secondary school aged children and young people)
  • New Pasture Lane Community Centre (Bridlington, primary and secondary school aged children and young people)
  • Ballers (East Riding wide, primary school aged children)
  • Flex Dance (Cottingham and Haltemprice area, primary school aged children)
  • Fit4Fun (Melton, primary school aged children)
  • Footballerz (Goole, and Wolds area, primary and secondary school aged children and young people)
  • Cherry Tree Community Centre (Beverley, primary and secondary school aged children and young people)
  • Debutots (Haltemprice area, primary school aged children)
  • Moorlands Community Charity (Old Goole, primary and secondary school aged children and young people)
  • Rewilding (Bridlington, secondary school aged young people)
  • Genius Tuition (East Riding wide, primary and secondary school aged children and young people)
  • Leisure Services (East Riding wide, primary and secondary school aged children and young people)
  • The Hut (Withernsea, primary and secondary school aged children and young people)

More providers will be awarded a grant to deliver activities in the Christmas, Easter and summer holidays too.

Could you be a HAF Delivery Partner?

If you can provide fun activities in the Easter, summer or Christmas holidays for children and/or young people, please get in touch with us to find out all about our grant funding scheme at haf.programme@eastriding.gov.uk We're looking for a wide range of activities from magic workshops to animal experiences, water sports to music sessions and everything in between.

What does a good HAF session look like?

It's difficult to know what to expect as each HAF programme is very unique, but a good session will have…

  • A welcoming and inclusive environment
  • Thoughtful, inspiring and friendly staff and volunteers who relate well to children and young people
  • A combination of child and adult led age-appropriate activities with periods of noise and quietness
  • Activities and conversations that raise awareness of healthy eating and healthy lifestyles, plus a free meal
  • A space to get away from activities if things become too overwhelming, with creative staff to ensure everyone can take part
  • Helpful staff who can signpost families to additional support and information, such as the Help for Household webpage on eastriding.gov.uk

All HAF delivery partners have met our operating standards.

  • All staff and volunteers must hold a valid DBS and have undertaken safeguarding training
  • A qualified first aider must be present when delivering the programme
  • Activities and venues are assessed, with measures put in place to manage identified risks
  • All staff to adhere to their organisation’s governance (safeguarding, safer recruitment, equality, privacy and health and safety policies)
  • Holds public and employer’s liability insurance to a sum of 5 million.

Map of providers

This map will be updated closer to the start of the summer holidays.

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About HAF

There are over 9000 children and young people in the East Riding who are in receipt of free school meals, and with rising food, living and fuel costs, HAF enables families to enjoy a healthy meal and enriching activities during the holidays.

The Department for Education commission the HAF scheme and local authorities have funding until Dec 2024.

You can download the Annual Programme Report (2023) to read about what is involved in HAF and the provision throughout 2022.

HAF Annual Programme Report 2023 (PDF 1.12MB)

For more information about Holiday Activities and Food in the East Riding of Yorkshire, please contact the HAF Commissioning and Quality Monitoring Officer at haf.programme@eastriding.gov.uk