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Holidays Are Fun (HAF) Christmas Programme

All children and young people aged 5 to 16 years old who live in Stockton-on-Tees and are entitled to a benefits-related free school meal, in receipt of Universal Credit or experiencing financial difficulties are eligible to take up a place for free holiday activities, including a meal over the Christmas holidays.

What is the programme?

The programme is delivered by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council in partnership with the Department for Education and Catalyst and offers a wide range of activities such as sports, martial arts, bushcraft, film and podcasting making, arts and crafts, cooking, swimming and horse riding in the school holidays.

If you are in receipt of a benefits-related free school meals book here:

 Holidays Are Fun Christmas Booking

If you are claiming universal credit, experiencing financial difficulties, have a child with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), please request a call back from the HAF team below:

Request a call back from the team

What are the HAF Programmes intended outcomes?

  • improved mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • improved aspirations
  • improved physical activity
  • improved dietary behaviour

What are the main benefits of the HAF Programme?

  • the schemes encourage children to be more active over the holidays
  • improvements in children's diets
  • making new friends and having fun
  • helps parents meet the costs of school holidays