Total of 1,000 places have been on offer through the HAF winter holiday programme
Hundreds of children across Shropshire are still enjoying being active and taking part in seasonal sessions offered by the Holiday Activities and Food programme in Shropshire, ahead of the Christmas holidays.
Shropshire Council has worked with local schools, voluntary and community organisations, and childcare providers at 43 locations across the county to offer 1,000 places for eligible children this school holiday.
Kirstie Hurst-Knight, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for children and education, joined in with activities at The Bridge Youth Centre in Bridgnorth. She said:-
“Shropshire HAF has, once again, put on an excellent programme for hundreds of children and young people to enjoy. People have booked places direct with our partners, and there has been an excellent take up for the offer which has offered 1,000 sessions between Monday and Friday this week.
“Shropshire Council is committed to supporting our young people and their families, and I am so proud of how the county has really come together to offer these enriching activities over the holidays where young people can meet friends, learn new skills, enjoy delicious meals and make memories.
“Well done and thank you to all involved.”
Free places were available on the programme for children and young people aged 4 (reception class age) to 16, who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals, and for those who have been referred onto HAF by a professional. Places are also available for Ukrainian families, currently staying in Shropshire with host families.
This holiday some places were also available for those not in receipt of free school meals.