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Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme 2022 in Suffolk

HAF is backed by around £200m per year for the next three years, providing enriching activities to children and young people, particularly those who receive free school meals. The holiday clubs can involve helping young people experience new and enriching activities from sport to music, dance, drama, art, cooking and gardening, as well as improving socialisation, helping young people to have fun with friends during the holidays.

Parents and carers across Suffolk may be eligible to benefit from free holiday clubs places for children and young people over the school holidays, through the Government’s Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF). After running across all local authority areas during the Easter, Summer and Christmas school holidays in 2021, HAF is back again in 2022 and will enable children and young people to enjoy fun activities with friends and develop new skills. 

Page last updated 12/12/2022

See the map of Christmas Holiday Activities 2022 that you can book

Who is eligible and what do I need to access the programme

Free School Meals is more than just a meal.  If you are eligible, we would encourage you to register for free school meals even if your child is in reception, year 1 or 2 and receives a meal, as it opens the following benefits:

  • your child will receive a choice of meals at school free of charge
  • Your child’s school will receive additional funding to provide support that pupils may need
  • It enables you to access free school holidays activities at Easter, Summer and Christmas through The Suffolk Holiday Activity Programme
  • It enables you to access and be notified of any other school holiday support from the government if funding is made available. 

If you think that your child/children may be eligible for means tested free school meals you can check to see if you qualify and apply through Apply for free school meals 

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Information for Activity Providers

If you would like to apply for funding to be part of the delivery of HAF 2022 in Suffolk:

Further guidance about the programme can be found on Holiday activities and food programme 2022 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Introduction to Safeguarding – HAF Providers

This session will be delivered via Zoom

This training is being supplied as part of The Suffolk Holiday Activity Programme, funded by The Department for Education as part of their The Holiday Activity & Food (HAF) Programme. This course is specifically for activity providers delivering on the programme or considering future applications. However, space may be available for other children's activity providers.

This is our highly effective Introduction to Safeguarding course. This is a fully interactive ‘live in real time’ training course facilitated by an experienced Trainer online.

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Do you know how to fulfil your safeguarding responsibilities to recognise abuse and report it correctly? If you work, or volunteer, with children and/or adults at risk of harm this course is an ideal introduction, Quality Assured by the Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership, to equip you with fundamental safeguarding knowledge and skills.

It covers both children and adults so you can support families better. It is also suitable as refresher training for those who need to renew their safeguarding training. If you work with adults it will equip you to safeguard them and any children too. If you work with children it will equip you to safeguard them and also any adults you may come into contact with.

As an organisation you have a responsibility to ensure that no-one who comes into contact with your organisation is harmed and if they need safeguarding they receive safeguarding support. Any adult could become an Adult at Risk of Harm. It could be a volunteer, a Trustee or a member of staff or it could be someone who accesses your group’s services.

Who is it for? The course is introductory training for those aged 18 and over from statutory, voluntary, independent and community organisations, who work across all sections of the community. Anyone requiring introductory safeguarding training but specifically staff, including volunteers, who may become aware of possible abuse through their role.

This may include colleagues from community groups, faith groups, housing, community development roles, sports development staff and disability specialists. It identifies the need for safe working practices with Adults at risk of abuse and children, young people and families. It is interactive, informative and practical.

Questions you will be able to answer after the session:
✔ What is safeguarding and my role in safeguarding adults at risk and children?
✔ How do I recognise possible signs of abuse and neglect?
✔ How do I act upon a concern or disclosure?
✔ What is the relevant legislation and local policy and procedures for supporting and protecting adults and children?

Booking links are below:

27th February 2023 at 2pm

27th February 2023 at 7pm

Suffolk Mind - Emotional Wellbeing in Children’s Activities – Funded places available

Addressing the needs of children’s activity providers and staff/volunteers who work with children in other settings. Designed to support wellbeing in activity groups and includes ‘The Essentials’ workshop. Understanding how to meet the emotional needs of staff and students through routines, patterns, and positive expectations.

It will equip you with skills to talk with both children and adults about their wellbeing, help bring yourself and the group back into wellbeing and maintain an atmosphere of wellbeing in your group or activity.
This is a one day interactive training course delivered via zoom.

We have places available on the following dates funded through The Suffolk Holiday Programme via, The Department of Education’s Holiday Activity & Food (HAF) Programme, and are available to Activity Providers across Suffolk.

  • 13th December 2022 – Spaces now available, please book soon!
  • 8th March 2023

To book a place, please email: schools@suffolkmind.org.uk with your name, email address and organisation.
You will be contacted via email to confirm your booking and a few days before your allocated date we will send you the links to access the training.

Please see link below for more information:

Please be aware that all HAF providers may be contacted by Suffolk County Council after the training to follow up on the impact of the training on future service delivery.


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