Our Healthy Holidays summer programme kicked off last month, and since then we’ve been providing summer holiday clubs for children across Barnsley. During the first week of the programme we saw 1,389 places filled at the holiday clubs, with 666 children accessing the programme, and as the summer holidays continue we’re urging families to take a look at the activities on offer.
Children who receive free school meals are entitled to a free place at all the Healthy Holidays clubs, and can book to attend a club every day until 27 August (subject to availability). Visit barnsley.gov.uk/HealthyHolidays for more information on the fun activities on offer and how you can book a place at one of the clubs.
We’ve got 28 holiday clubs running across the borough, from a range of different providers, offering enriching and fun activities with delicious, healthy food. From a Party in the Park at Locke Park, to Totally Runable’s sessions to get girls engaged with sport, there’s a wide range of activities available with a meal provided at each club.
As the summer programme has rolled on, we’ve listened to feedback from families and set up Healthy Holidays clubs in additional locations to meet demand, like our Dodworth Holiday Club and the Team + Go Wild club at Darton.
The Healthy Holidays scheme is backed by the Government’s Holiday and Food programme (HAF), so that children and young people can enjoy fun activities and learn and develop new skills over the holidays. We also have other funding in place which has supported families, such as the local support grant which has helped families and single people with food, energy and water costs, and to purchase items related to food, heating, lighting, cooking, water, warm clothing and more. £890,000 of the grant is being used to support over 18,000 families, including those who can’t get to the Healthy Holidays clubs.
Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Adults and Communities, said: “we’re proud to be able to support families across the borough who might need extra help in accessing food and activities to keep their children healthy through the holidays. Through the Healthy Holidays scheme and local support grant, we have some great support in place.”
“In the last few weeks of the school holidays, I urge all eligible families to take a look at the Healthy Holidays scheme and make use of the fantastic holiday clubs on offer.”
For more information on the holiday clubs available, and how you can book, visit barnsley.gov.uk/HealthyHolidays.