Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme

Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme

HAF - Holiday Activities and Food programme

The government’s Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF) is funding free places at holiday clubs for children and young people entitled to benefits-related free school meals.

Bradford Council’s allocation for 2022 is approximately £2.9 million.

Easter 2022

Over the Easter school holidays around 6,000 children attended one of the HAF holiday clubs that took place across the district.

Thank you to all our partners for delivering great activities for our children and young people.



Christmas of Fun 2021      

Over Christmas 2021, around 5,500, children and young people across Bradford District who are on free school meals enjoyed free holiday club places through our #HAF2021 programme.

This opportunity was provided as part of the government’s Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme. The free places were funded by the Department for Education (DfE).

The scheme provides enjoyable activities and nutritious meals for primary and secondary school-aged children who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals. It includes specific provisions available for children with SEND or additional needs.

Bradford Council worked with local schools, voluntary and community organisations to deliver these clubs.


Summer of Fun 2021


Thousands of children and young people across the Bradford district enjoyed a summer of fun thanks to a successful collaboration between Bradford Council and the voluntary and community sector.

Close to 35,000 school-age children participated in the Summer of Fun events at venues the length and breadth of the district. Events included holiday clubs and play sessions in parks.  

The council awarded grants to 106 organisations to put on holiday clubs. The organisations included schools, charities and other voluntary and community groups.  

The clubs provided a vast range of activities for eligible children including archery, drama, gardening, hiking, martial arts and day trips. Every child who attended also received a nutritious meal as part of the session.

Of the total of 34,964 children who took part in the Summer of Fun events, 20,912 of them attended a holiday club and 14,166 of those were children in receipt of free school meals so were able to attend for free thanks to funding from the Government’s Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme.

To complement the holiday clubs, the council also laid on a series of free Play in Parks events at parks and green spaces across the district. Each day, for 42 days, the council’s sport and leisure staff took an array of play equipment such as bouncy castles, giant games and a climbing wall, to a different venue and invited children and young people in the local area to come along and have an action-packed day of fun.

More than 14,000 children attended the Play in Parks events, which also included arts, crafts and dance sessions. Of the 14,052 who attended the parks events, 8,431 were free school meal children.

Following the success of the summer programme, the council is now working with providers on plans for Christmas, when again they will provide children in receipt of free school meals with free holiday club places to enjoy fun activities and food during the school holiday. More than 70 providers have already signed up to deliver activities over the festive break. More details will be announced in the run up to Christmas.

Bradford Council were allocated almost £3.2m by the Department for Education’s Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme to provide activities and food for children on free school meals during the Easter, summer, and Christmas holidays in 2021.

Families who are not currently in receipt of income-related free school meals but believe they may be eligible can find out more on the council’s website.









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