Summer holiday activities for free if your child receives free school meals

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Swimming Summer Children

Bedford Borough Council says eligible children who receive income-related free school meals can access free holiday club programmes during the summer holidays.

A mix of activities, funded by the Department for Education, will be available for children aged 5 to 16.

The aim is to help children stay healthy, active, socially connected, develop new skills and try new experiences.

Sessions include arts and crafts, multi-sports and swimming as well as some special bespoke activities like canoeing, kayaking and music activities will take place at 23 locations across Bedford Borough.

Each child taking part will receive lunch as part of the sessions.

“I’m delighted we are able to offer these experiences to children in Bedford Borough,” Cllr James Valentine, portfolio holder for Children’s Services and Education.

“I know school holidays can be particularly difficult for some families because of increased costs, such as food and childcare, and the last 18 months has only added to those pressures.

“For some children, this can mean they miss out on being able to attend a holiday club.

“These holiday activities provide an opportunity for children to learn new skills, socialise with friends and make new ones, in a safe environment.”

The holiday programme starts on Monday 26 July and continues for six weeks with different activates spread across school holidays.

Visit the Borough Council’s website for more information and to book.

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