Don’t miss out on a summer of free fun and food! That’s the message to parents and carers of children eligible for benefits-related free school meals. Hampshire County Council is reminding families to sign up now to avoid missing out on the many Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) schemes on offer during the school summer holiday (24 July to 30 August 2024).

There is a wide range of fun and interesting crafts, sports and outdoor activities for all ages to choose from, which also include a nutritious meal. Free spaces are available for children who receive benefits-related free school meals and vulnerable children who may benefit from the programme. Many schemes also have paid-for places available.

The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme makes free places available to eligible children for the equivalent of at least four hours a day, four days a week and for six weeks a year. This covers four weeks in the summer and a week’s worth of activities in the Easter and Christmas holidays.

Parents and carers who want to find out what is on offer locally can search the Family Information and Services Hub and then register online to be able to book a space.