Thousands of Croydon children who qualify for free school meals can now sign up for free activity clubs with healthy meals over the summer holidays.
Open to eligible children and young people aged 5-16 years, Croydon’s programme offers:
- free, healthy, nutritious and tasty food
- fun physical activity sessions
- a huge range of other exciting activities for all ages
- opportunities to learn more about food and nutrition
The programme is on offer at more than 40 locations across Croydon. The list of clubs and details of how to apply for a place are now on the council’s webpage.
Croydon is delivering this with funding from the Department for Education’s Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme, which aims to encourage young people to lead healthier and more active lifestyles during the holidays.
Increased costs and reduced incomes can make the school holidays pressure points for some disadvantaged families, who might be unable to access organised out-of-school activities because of financial challenges.
“The school holidays can be an incredibly difficult time for some families and we want to do all we can to help and support them. No parent should be going into the summer worrying about how they are going to feed their children while school is out.
“That’s why we’ve teamed up with partners from across our communities to organise this fantastic programme, where children and young people of all ages can be guaranteed a healthy meal and some holiday fun. There’s a huge range of activities on offer so whatever your child’s interests, there should be something for everyone. I’d urge anyone whose family is eligible to sign up without delay.”
Councillor Alisa Flemming, cabinet member for children, young people and learning