Bedford Borough launches Summer 2024 holiday activities programme

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HAF activities include music, sports, arts and crafts plus outdoor adventure sessions. Images: Bedford Borough Council
HAF activities include music, sports, arts and crafts plus outdoor adventure sessions. Images: Bedford Borough Council

The Council has announced that its summer holiday activities and food (HAF) programme is to return this July, providing activities and free childcare places for low-income families across the Borough.

The programme will roll out again from the week beginning Monday, 22 July, with low-income families receiving 16 four-hour sessions for each statutory school-aged child up to 16 years old.

Every eligible child also receives a free hot meal at each HAF activity session they attend.

Vouchers will be sent out to eligible households on Wednesday, 19 June and bookings will go live the same day.

Since 2021 the national scheme works with different local providers to offer activities that include sports, arts and crafts, music and outdoor adventures.

There are also clubs specifically for SEND children.

A Bedford Borough Council spokesperson said: “We’ve changed how we allocate places for our HAF programme this year, to ensure that we reach as many families as possible.

“This reflects how popular our HAF sessions have been, and how much children have enjoyed going to them – but it does mean that children and young people who wish to attend one venue for eight hours on a single day will need to use two voucher credits.

“We’re sure that families across Bedford Borough once again will feel the benefit of this great offer/ We look forward to seeing you there.”

You can find out if your child is eligible for the scheme here.