Buckinghamshire Council will continue to provide support for eligible children and families during the Easter Holidays as part of its Helping Hand and Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programmes.
These services provide a range of assistance, including food vouchers, holiday clubs and hot meals. There is also a range of support and advice available to help with the cost of living for families in Buckinghamshire.
Thousands of HAF holiday club places are on offer in over 45 locations for eligible children and young people in Reception to Year 11. There is a fantastic range of high-quality activities for all ages and interests including day trips, adventure activities, sports, dance, cookery and more! Each child or young person can attend up to four HAF sessions over Easter and a healthy hot meal is provided at each activity. The HAF programme is funded by the Department for Education and coordinated by the council.
Details of all the HAF holiday activities are available on Buckinghamshire Council's website.
Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Education and Children's Services, Anita Cranmer, said:
"Each year, the HAF programme is a great success in Buckinghamshire, and I am pleased that we have once again been able to provide such a great free resource for eligible children and young people. I am hoping that even more children will make use of this fun-filled programme this year, as they can enjoy a fun activity and a healthy meal, as well as learn new skills and make new friends.
"There are many fun activities running in Buckinghamshire during the Easter holidays, and if the popularity of the clubs during the last few years has been any indication, I'd urge parents and carers to use their HAF booking codes and book their children on as early as possible to avoid any disappointments."
In addition to the holiday activities, Buckinghamshire Council's Helping Hand scheme is providing eligible families with a digital £30 food voucher code to use during the Easter holidays. Children and young people who receive free school meals are eligible for a £30 voucher code, as well as those receiving early years' pupil premium or 2-year-old funded free education places. These digital voucher codes will be distributed through schools ahead of the Easter holiday. This scheme is funded from the Department for Work and Pensions Household Support Fund. The vouchers can be used in most major supermarkets in Buckinghamshire and instructions will be provided by schools when vouchers are issued.