HAF Winter 2023 Applications Now Open

3 October 2023


Applications for Halton Christmas School Holiday Activity & Food programme are now live! Please see link below.

The HAF (Holiday Activity with Food Programme)  is provided through funding from the Department For Education and  is primarily for school aged children from reception to year 11 and up to age 18 for SEND young people, who receive benefits-related free school meals (FSM)

Halton Borough Council would like to work together with a diverse range of children and young people’s providers, to offer positive activities and free lunches to our children and young people in Halton eligible for free school meals and others who are in need, e.g. SEN/SEND, Looked After Children, Young Carers.

They expect that all participating children and young people should benefit from a week of support which covers a minimum of 4 days over 2 weeks of the school holidays. Their preference is at least 4 days of face-to-face provision, however where this is not possible, it should consist of at least 2 days of face-to-face provision complimented by at least 2 days of HAF support which can be provided in the form of high quality food hampers and activity packs.

Are you able to offer the following? 

  • Physical activity – Minimum of 1 hour Physical activity each day. This can include a range of activities from forest school, outdoor adventure activities, as well as multi sports such as football, dance etc. 
  • Enrichment/Wellbeing activity – Arts and crafts, musical activities or, drama etc. 
  • Nutritious meal - A meal that meets school food standards must be included as part of the offer – This will either be supplied by a number of private sector organisations free of charge or provided by yourself.
  • Nutritional Education – This does not need to be formal, it could be as simple as trying new foods, growing vegetables, understanding how to read food labels, having conversations around the amount of sugar in foods. 

Please click on the link below to submit your application. 

The deadline for applications is Friday 13th October 2023 and they will be in touch to confirm the outcome of your application before Friday 27th October, 2023.


For further information contact John Bucknall at john.bucknall@halton.gov.uk