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Bolton's #HAF2024

Holiday Activities and Food Programme

Get involved with #TeamBolton’s Summer HAF programme! Check out the 'tabs' below for free activities, food and support near you in Summer 2024

Funded by the Department for Education and co-ordinated locally by Bolton Council, our HAF programme supports children and families on benefits related Free School Meals with FREE fun and enriching activities alongside a meal for a minimum 4 hours a day, for 4 days a week!

Whether you love sport, enjoy the arts, or just want something fun to do with friends, our HAF programme is jam packed with unique experiences in a location near you!  Simply click on the postcode you’re interested in before following the booking instructions from you’re selected provider.  You will need to provide your HAF code when booking to prove your eligibility.

Don’t have a HAF code? Whilst the programme is aimed at children and young people on benefits related free school meals #TeamBolton’s HAF programme offers many FREE sessions to all school aged young people, as well as a free Urban Outreach packed lunch every weekday if you need it! Look out for Council run sessions in your local community, parks and youth centres….. Details of 'Open to all sessions' are in the Tabs below!

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#HAF2024 in Bolton - What else is important?

Why are the activities only in some locations?  We invite applications from activity providers across the borough who were able to meet the strict HAF criteria and limited budget. However, as you know, we live in a very diverse borough, which means there will be limitations as to where the programme can operate, so unfortunately, there may not be a scheme in every area.

Just need food support?  Click on the 'FOOD' tab above for food support and information on our partnership with local charity Urban Outreach.  Every child can access a free lunch each weekday acrooss the whole summer!

Who has funded the holiday programme?  The vast majority of sessions are funded by the Department for Education (DfE), but some are also funded by Bolton Council, Horwich Town Council, Westhoughton Town Council, EPIC (Egerton Park), Friends of Astley Bridge & Local Councillors' Area Forum budgets in Astley Bridge, Bradshaw, Bromley Cross, Breightmet, Farnworth, Great Lever, Hulton, Queens Park & Central, Westhoughton, Kearsley & Horwich wards.  Our thanks go to all who have made the programme so accessible! 

Any questions?  For important information for parents and details of further help available, please see the 'INFO & HELP' tab above.  For bookings and sessions queries, please contact the provider via. their details on the listings page and for any other (non-urgent) HAF queries please email: positive.activities@bolton.gov.uk

More help?  Cost of living - help when you need it: Are you worried about the rising cost of energy bills, food, and transport? You are not alone, the cost of living is rising and is affecting many of us, for more support visit :Cost of living – Bolton Council

And finally: For more information on the national HAF programme visit the Gov.uk websiteread the HAF 2023 Annual Report and watch the video below to see all the fun we had all across Bolton in the Summer last year:

Funded by the Department for Education