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Holiday Activity and Food Programme Pompey

Portsmouth City Council are delighted to be delivering the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme during the Easter, Summer and Christmas 2021 school holidays. Funded by the Department for Education, funds have been made available to provide free holiday provision, including healthy food and enriching activities, for children aged 5-16 who are eligible for benefits related free school meals.

For our HAF Fun Pompey winter programme we are very thankful to the 24 providers joining us over the Christmas school holidays. We are offering over 3,500 funded spaces, in over 40 locations across the city and every child will be provided with tasty, nutritious food. Running from Saturday 18 December 2021 to Monday 3 January 2022, the festivities and activities range from cooking to sport, theatre to ice staking, art to robotics and much more. Spaces are free for those eligible for free school meals and there are ringfenced spaces for those who are non-FSM but deemed vulnerable via a professional lead referral. There are also activities for the whole family to enjoy and attend together. Bookings are now open!

To find a full list of activities on offer and to book a space follow this link to the main HAF website – https://www.pycportsmouth.co.uk/haffunpompey/ 

They also have pages for HAF ages 5-11, for ages 11-16, Family Fun and SEND Support

In Portsmouth City we have been working closely with our activity providers to make sure they are as inclusive and accessible as possible. We even have SEND specific activities on offer!

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the HAF programme support children with Special Educational Needs?

HAF is open to all eligible children  aged 5-16 and we have made sure all activities are as inclusive and accessible as possible.

We have made available online SEND training to our providers so that they can have a basic understanding to help them support the children and young people they are working with.

We have a SEND Support webpage and we are always keen to hear from families if they have any feedback and/or need more information to be provided.

Enable Ability activities for children with SEND

We have also worked with  local independent charity, Enable Ability, to offer activities specifically for children and young people with SEND.

They will be offering some HAF events over the Christmas holidays for the service users who attended the HAF playschemes in the summer. They have limited availability as they usually close over the Christmas holidays.

However, all our universal providers are happy to support SEND if they have the capacity, appropriate staff available and suitable facilities.

Feedback from a HAF parent/carer from the HAF summer programme from a universal offer

“…this week my little one with lots of additional needs has….loved it. I was a bit nervous leaving her with others that don’t know her but they’ve dealt with her amazingly. Thank you.” 

  • To find out about our HAF Fun Pompey winter offer go to HAF for ages 5-11, HAF for ages 11-16and Family Fun
  • Use the maps on the HAF pages to explore where the HAF Fun Pompey activities are being hosted during the Christmas holidays.
  • Once you have found an activity you need to book a space directly with the provider.
  • Follow their instructions under‘HOW TO BOOK’. Then follow the link or contact details provided.
  • SEND Support information is included within each provider listing under‘EVENT DETAILS’.

 

My child has 1-to-1 support, can they still go to HAF activities?

The HAF programme is fully inclusive and Children and Young people who need direct 1to1 support are absolutely welcome to attend suitable HAF fun activities.

If you have a PA or 1 to 1 already they will be welcome to join your child or young person and you will need to speak directly to the activity provider to arrange this – everything is considered on an individual basis. They will need to have the usual DBS and other checks.

If you don’t have a 1 to 1 outside of school but will need one to attend the activities there are a number of options:

  • If attending the Enable Ability activities, they are able to provide 1 to 1 support and will look to do this on an individual basis. Enable Ability will carefully consider each individual child and even come and see you all at home so they can meet your child or young person before hand. They will be keen to know lots about your child’s strengths and needs and how best they can be supported before they start at the activity.
  • For other activity providers options for 1 to 1 support will be looked at individually and close work will be done to consider how best 1 to 1 support can be delivered. For some activities this might be difficult, but each provider will tell you about this once they know more about your child’s needs. 1 to 1 support shouldn’t be a barrier to your child joining an activity and we will do our best to work closely with you and know as much about your child or young person as possible, in advance.

SEND Support information is included within each provider listing under ‘EVENT DETAILS’. Go to www.pycportsmouth.co.uk/haffunpompey to access the full list of providers and activities.

 

HAF Fun Pompey

 

What is the government HAF programme?

Funded by the Department for Education, funds have been made available to provide free holiday provision, including healthy food and enriching activities, for children aged 5-16 who are eligible for benefits related free school meals.

Aims of the programme

As a result of this programme, we want children who attend this provision to:

  • eat more healthily over the school holidays
  • be more active during the school holidays
  • take part in engaging and enriching activities which support the development of resilience, character and wellbeing along with their wider educational attainment
  • be safe and not to be socially isolated
  • have a greater knowledge of health and nutrition
  • be more engaged with school and other local services

We also want to ensure that the families who participate in this programme:

  • develop their understanding of nutrition and food budgeting
  • are signposted towards other information and support, for example, health, employment and education.

You can find out more here from the government website.

What is the eligibility criteria for accessing HAF activities?

Who can access the programme and what is the criteria?

All Children and young people aged 5-16 who are eligible for benefits related free school meals can access the programme.

What if my child is vulnerable but doesn’t meet the above criteria?

All Children and young people aged 5-16 who are eligible for benefits related free school meals can access the programme.

If your child or young person is vulnerable there is some funding available for a few places. You will need to get your school, social worker or Family hub worker to refer you to the programme. They can do this by completing a form and returning it to the HAF programme co-ordinator. Cases will be considered on their own individual needs.

If you are struggling to speak with your school and would like support from the HAF team you can send them an email at haf@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or use this contact form https://www.pycportsmouth.co.uk/contact/ 

Will I have to pay a fee?

If you are an eligible family and get benefits related free school meals you will not have to pay.

 

My child/young person doesn't meet the criteria, can I pay for them to attend?

If you are not eligible and you are not successfully referred by a professional lead, then there are some pay as you spaces available. Please check under each activity/provider listing to see if pay as you go is available.

If you are on Universal Credit, you can receive help with childcare costs – Help paying for childcare: Universal Credit and childcare – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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