Healthy Holidays Calderdale

Building partnerships to provide free holiday activity sessions for children   

Supported by Marcus Rashford, the extended holiday activities and food support programme #HAF2021 will offer nutritious meals and fun for school aged children this summer. Places are free to those who receive free school meals. Watch this video…

Calderdale Council is working in partnership with Community Foundation for Calderdale to run a funding round worth £595,298 for the provision of holiday activity schemes in the Summer holidays. These schemes will be for children eligible for free school meals. We want to fund a rich and diverse programme of activities, delivered by a wide variety of organisations – child minders, wraparound care providers, activity groups, schools and community/voluntary sector groups.

The DfE have identified funds for local authorities to try and remove the ‘holiday experience gap.’ This is where children from lower income families lose the stimulus and physical activity from the routine of school life, during the holidays. They also lose their free school meals. In order to address this issue, DfE have provided each local authority with funds to provide holiday activity schemes aimed at children eligible for free school meals. Part of the requirement for these schemes is that at least one hot meal is provided and at least 60 minutes of physical exercise is delivered per session.

These are the main objectives for children who attend provision:

  • To eat more healthily over the school holidays
  • To be more active during the school holidays
  • To take part in engaging and enriching activities which support the development of resilience, character and well-being along with their wider education attainment
  • To be safe and not to be socially isolated
  • To have greater knowledge of health nutrition;
  • To be more engaged with school and other local services

You can download Guidelines for Applicants here:

Healthy Holidays Calderdale opens on 8th June 2021 and the deadline for applications is 10.00 am Tuesday 29th June 2021

Click on this link to access the application form:

Help and Further Information

For programme queries please contact Jess Heald, Healthy Holidays Co-ordinator, Calderdale Council:

For application queries please contact Rachel Burnett, Grants Officer, Community Foundation for Calderdale:

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