The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme funded by the Department for Education provides free meals and activities for eligible free school meal children across the Ribble Valley during the school holidays.  

This year there will be whole host of activity clubs in the Ribble Valley, offering a range of energetic physical activities, exciting new experiences and meeting friends.

Families can find out more here.

Information for providers 

We are seeking to fund a diverse range of projects and enrichment activities which are attractive and engaging for all ages and abilities of school children and include nutritious food. Activities can be open to all children with priority given to those receiving benefits-related free school meals. Children who are not in receipt of benefits-related free school meals can pay to attend if there are sufficient spaces and a limited number of spaces can be open to other children in need which should be agreed at the application stage. Spaces for children who are in receipt of benefits-related free school meals will be made available at no cost to the family. 

What is the aim of the programme: 

The aim of the programme is to make free places available to children eligible for benefits-related free school meals for the equivalent, but not restricted to, of at least 4 hours a day, 4 days a week, for 4 weeks. The HAF programme needs to cover 4 weeks in the Summer and a week’s worth of provision in the Christmas holidays. 

School holidays can be particular pressure points for some families because of increased costs (such as food and childcare) and reduced incomes. For some children that can lead to a holiday experience gap, with children from disadvantaged families: 

  • less likely to access organised out-of-school activities 
  • more likely to experience ‘unhealthy holidays’ in terms of nutrition and physical health 
  • more likely to experience social isolation 

Free holiday clubs are a response to this issue and evidence suggests that they can have a positive impact on children and young people and that they work best when they: 

  • provide consistent and easily accessible enrichment activities 
  • cover more than just breakfast or lunch 
  • involve children (and parents) in food preparation 
register your interest!


  • Free advert in our dedicated Summer booklet distributed through schools. 
  • Full application guidance.
  • Assistance in application completion. 
  • Social media posts sharing your business via the Ribble Valley Health & Wellbeing Partnership social media channels, alongside Roefield Leisure’s channels. 
  • Coverage in the local press. 
  • Food fully provided for each child that qualifies. 
  • Satisfaction of helping your local community. 
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