Council calls on more support for holiday activities this Christmas

As the Cost-of-Living crisis continues into winter, Stockport’s Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme is in great need of support to help families on free school meals.

Stockport Council is seeking additional help from local providers this winter to help provide free activities and nutritional meals for eligible children aged five to 16.

The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme allows children in receipt of income-based free school meals a range of engaging clubs, activities and healthy meals during the school holidays. These periods are often challenging for families, especially those on low incomes and the programme bridges the holiday experience gap to allow all children to have an active, fun and fulfilling break

Stockport Council is looking for businesses or individuals who could offer activities, classes or a club to support children and young people over the Christmas holidays. These sessions will provide children with a chance to enjoy a variety of activities and meet new friends.

The Department for Education funded programme is looking for any businesses in Stockport able to support the scheme to get in touch. Funding is available for providers and gives businesses the opportunity to work towards corporate social responsibility commitments – as well as teach Stockport’s children some invaluable skills.

This summer, children took part in a range of exciting sessions throughout the holidays. A whole host of activities were provided, including learning about cooking and nutrition, sports competitions as well as arts and crafts workshops.

HAF programme activities can include anything from art to sport, dance or music: so long as it’s suitable for children and encourages them to have fun and try out new experiences.

Stockport Council is also keen to hear from food networks that can help provide children with a nutritious meal through these holiday clubs.

Cllr Wendy Meikle, Cabinet Member for Children and Families and Deputy Leader at Stockport Council, said: “This winter we are set to see more residents being forced into poverty due to the Cost-of-Living crisis and the effect it’s having on their household budgets.

It’s incredibly important our HAF programme continues to provide activities, meals and a safe space for children during this time, as families need our help. Throughout the summer, our local providers have already provided incredible work and support through their offer to the HAF programme.

I want to keep that momentum and encourage local providers to get involved with our programme as this is what makes a huge difference across the borough".

For more information visit the council website here.