The Newcastle Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme, known locally as ‘Newcastle’s Best Holiday Ever’, is designed to address the ‘holiday experience gap’ for children and young people from low-income households.
Following the successful national pilot in 2021, the Department for Education committed over £200m per year over the next three financial years for the Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF).
Newcastle City Council has appointed StreetGames to coordinate and deliver six weeks of free holiday club provision that includes healthy food and enriching activities during Easter, summer and winter for children aged 4-16 who are eligible for benefit-related free school meals.
The Newcastle HAF programme, known locally as ‘Newcastle’s Best Holiday Ever’, is designed to address the ‘holiday experience gap’ where children from low-income households are:
- Less likely to access organised out-of-school activities
- Likely to experience ‘unhealthy holidays’ in relation to nutrition and physical health
- Likely to experience social isolation