Funding available for local organisations who can give children a fun and activity packed Easter

Are you an organisation, business or local group that could provide interesting activities and a healthy meal for school-aged children during the Easter break? If so, Buckinghamshire Council wants to hear from you today!

Through the government’s Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme, the Council is making grant funding available to work with local providers to help deliver a range of free holiday activity clubs for children in Reception to Year 11 who receive benefits related free school meals. The children who access these holiday clubs are those who might not otherwise be able to get a healthy meal or participate in activities during the school holidays.

It’s up to you what activities you apply to provide, as long as they are activities that children and young people would find interesting to try and that would encourage them to develop a new skill or future hobby – or would just be fun to do.

Potential activities to consider include:

  • Drama and dance
  • Sports and multi-sports
  • Gaming and e-sports
  • Photography
  • Cooking or Easter baking
  • Day trips to the cinema, bowling or other indoor leisure venues
  • Fitness and wellbeing

 

All activities must last a minimum of four hours and new ideas and suggestions are always welcome!

Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, Anita Cranmer, said:

“Every child deserves the opportunity to enjoy fun holiday activities whilst receiving a nourishing meal and getting to socialise with other young people during the school holidays. If you’re an organisation who can provide a wide range of exciting activities to eligible children, then we would love to hear from you. Not only will you be giving back to the community in a fantastic way, but you’ll be able to showcase what you can offer too.

“You don’t need to be an existing holiday care provider, as long as your organisation can offer a good holiday experience for children.

“Having the chance to try new experiences and activities during the holidays can have such a positive impact on children and young people, helping them to develop their social skills and build their confidence, all whilst having fun.”

Organisations that could provide these holiday activities can apply for a grant from Buckinghamshire Council, to help them do so.  Groups that could apply might be community and voluntary organisations, creative and performing arts providers, sports coaches, schools and others. If you can help put on a brilliant range of activities and healthy hot meals for eligible children over the Easter break then we’d like to hear from you!