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Summer Holiday and Food (HAF) programme

July 2023

Dear Parent or Guardian

The Summer HAF programme starts on the 24th July and there are lots of great activities happening over the school holidays.  Children and young people, from reception to age 16 (including year 11 leavers), who are eligible for benefits related free school meals, will be able to access hundreds of activities throughout the summer holidays including specific provision available for children with SEND or additional needs, at no cost. There’s a great range of activities across the city including boxing, football, music, dance, cycling, cooking, discos, films, basketball, arts and crafts, drama, bbq’s, water games, trips out and much more!  Every day there will be a range of fabulous meals available with many schemes holding family events as well.

To find out where your nearest scheme and all the details of what is on click on this link – or visit and click on the Summer HAF link.

When you have chosen an activity, you will need to contact that organisation to book a place.  Each organisation will have either a telephone number, email address or online booking system.  If your child has any additional needs or dietary requirements then please discuss this with the organisation when you book.  There is no central booking system so please read the details of the programmes on the website and ring the providers directly.

Liverpool City Council is working with Mersey Play Action Council, Sutton Croft and the local schools, voluntary and community organisations, and childcare providers to deliver the Summer HAF programme.  The programme is funded by the Department for Education.


The Liverpool Family Information and SEND Directory also provides a wealth of useful information and support for families – LFISD.


Sally Dobbing

Sally Dobbing – HAF Project Manager