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Your Holiday Hub returns to offer families free, fun activities over the Easter break

Your Holiday Hub returns to offer families free, fun activities over the Easter break

The Your Holiday Hub (YHH) programme returns this spring to offer families another school holiday programme of fun activities.

30 March 2022

YHH is a free, school holiday programme for school-age children and young people who receive benefits-related free school meals (FSM). Sessions include a variety of fun activities, including sports, music, arts and crafts, and other great opportunities to learn and develop skills like making friends and trying new activities.

In Bristol, 49 organisations and providers have received funding to host over 400 four-hour inclusive sessions across the city, from the 11–22 April. This is double the number of free school holiday clubs that were available to children and young people over the Christmas holiday. Every activity includes a healthy and nutritious meal. Encouraging children and young people to learn more about healthy eating is also part of the programme.

Councillor Asher Craig, Cabinet Lead for Children’s Services, Education and Equalities said: “I am so pleased that we are again able to offer families across the city an opportunity for their children and young people to enjoy their school holidays.

“We want to encourage eligible families to make the most of the scheme and get involved with the range of enriching activities on offer, from sports to arts and crafts, music and cooking.”

Eligible children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) or an education, health and care plan are welcome at YHH, please contact the organisation or session you would like to attend to discuss your child’s individual needs.

Children and young people who are observing Ramadan, which coincides with the Easter school holiday this year, can join in with less strenuous activities if desired, and can take home food to enjoy later.

Lyn Collins, Operations Manager of the Zebras Out of School Club, said she was looking forward to welcoming YHH families to the Easter school holiday programme at Cotham Secondary School. She said: “The school holidays are a really important time for children and families. We know parents and carers enjoy the break, while the young people get the opportunity to mix with new people and try new things. Our focus is on outdoor play and having fun; we have a bouncy castle available daily for kids to enjoy and burn off lots of energy.”

We are going to be providing eligible families FSM vouchers for the Easter break and these will be distributed by education settings.

Families of children or young people who do not get benefits-related FSM can find holiday activities by area on our Family Information Service website.

Find out more about the Your Holiday Programme, including the YHH nearest you at the Bristol City Council website here: Find a holiday activity in your area.

Bristol City Council is working with local schools, voluntary and community organisations, including Feeding Bristol, Playful Bristol, the Children’s Kitchen and Bristol’s Association for Neighbourhood Daycare deliver the government’s Holiday Activities and Food programme (Your Holiday Hub). The free places are funded by the Department for Education.

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