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What is HAF?

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What is HAF?

The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) scheme, Funded by the Department for Education, aims to provide healthy food and enriching activities for children aged 4 to 16 who are eligible for benefit-related Free School Meals, or other criteria detailed below. The national HAF scheme has been running in South Ribble since 2021 and is available in the Summer, Christmas and Easter holidays,

We deliver a programme of activities as part of the HAF scheme, through South Ribble Leisure Centres and our high quality providers. Activities change throughout the year, but often include swimming, gymnastics, tennis, boxing skills, arts and crafts, multi-sports, football, forest school, climbing wall and much more.

The HAF scheme:

  • Is free of charge
  • Offers fun activities and experiences
  • Includes free food and refreshments


What is 'HAF Plus', running in South Ribble?

South Ribble Borough Council has invested additional money to extend the HAF programme during half term holidays to support even more local people. Called 'HAF Plus', the Council has allowed for sessions to take place during May Half Term, to ensure all children are able to keep active and healthy in the school holidays.

The Holiday Activity and Food Programme (HAF) is a national, Government funded scheme which only runs during the summer, Christmas and Easter holidays, however we knew that families also needed support during half terms, so we created HAF Plus.

 Is my child eligible?

Free School Meals

Your child is eligible if you live in the Borough of South Ribble, your child is aged 4-16 and eligible for benefit-related Free School Meals.


Other criteria

We are also able to offer a place to children who are not on free school meals, who as a result of other circumstances or vulnerabilities would still benefit from a free place. This could be:

  • children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities
  • children missing from education
  • young carers
  • those being supported on an early help plan
  • looked-after children or previously looked after children
  • children in transition phases between nursery and primary school or primary and secondary school
  • children from low-income households not in receipt of Free School Meals

This list is not exhaustive, so if you think this may apply to you please email us to discuss.


Important information:

  • Where it is a family activity (e.g. family swimming for four) if one child is eligible the rest of the family can attend.

Need to contact us?

If you have any queries, or if you have any issues accessing the information you need in the format provided above, please contact

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