The Isle of Wight Council is reminding parents that some free spaces are still available for children on several activities and food schemes being run this summer holiday.
A wide range of activities are on offer for all ages — from dance and theatre workshops to sports and outdoor programmes — which also provide a nutritious meal.
There are places available on a paid-for basis as well as some free access for children who receive benefits-related free school meals — but spaces are going quickly!
Councillor Debbie Andre, Cabinet lead for children's services, said: "These schemes can be of enormous help to children from families who are facing financial difficulties.
"School holidays can be challenging because of the added expense of food and childcare, as well as reduced incomes — especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"This means some children are less likely to access organised out-of-school activities and can miss out on the social and health benefits. By taking part in a free holiday club where a nutritious meal is provided, children get to have the same rich experiences as many of their friends and peers.”
The Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme is funded by the Department for Education.
The aim is to make 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 would cover four weeks in the summer and a week’s worth of provision in the 2021 Easter and Christmas holidays.
For a full list of activities, visit: https://www.iow.gov.uk/news/Support-for-food-and-activity-schemes