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Summer holiday activities for children who live in the Stroud district will be available to book from mid-day on July 5th.

Whatever your child’s interests and wherever you live there will be something
for everyone – from sport, dance and drama to music, craft, and a whole host
of other activities during four weeks of the school summer holiday from 26
July to 1 September.

Some of the activities will be reserved for children from reception to year 11
who receive benefits-related free school meals (the Holiday Activity and Food
programme, or HAF).

Sports fun for everyone. Stroud District Council HAF | On your marks, get set to book free-of-charge children’s summer holiday activities

Stroud District Council will be co-ordinating the activities for children in the
Stroud district, working closely with community groups, the voluntary sector,
Gloucestershire County Council, and district councils across the county.

The Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme is designed to make sure
children and young people who receive free school meals are entertained,
active, educated, safe and fed during the school summer holiday and is
funded by the Department for Education.

Other activities will be available for all children and young people (Holiday
Activities Programme, or HAP, formerly known as COMF) which is funded by
Gloucestershire County Council.

Last year Stroud District Council partners delivered more than 40 different
summer holiday activities and over 1400 children attended.

Children can try new sports. Stroud District Council HAF | On your marks, get set to book free-of-charge children’s summer holiday activities

Cllr Beki Aldam, Chair of Stroud District Council Community Services and
Licensing Committee said: “Keeping children entertained during the summer holiday is difficult for many parents, particularly during the ongoing Cost of Living Crisis. Our holiday activities will give children in the Stroud district access to a host of fun, healthy activities, whatever their background or life situation.”

Cllr Trevor Hall, Vice Chair added: “The Holiday Activity programme supports the Council Plan to embed equality, diversity and inclusion across the district, with targeted support for those who experience the most disadvantage in our communities.”

Summer holiday activities can be booked at www.strouddistricthaf.co.uk/
If you are booking for the first time you will need to create an account which
can be done here:  https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/education-and-
learning/holiday-activities-and-food-programme/register-for-our-childrens-
activities-booking-system/

Not all the activities will be available to book immediately, and new activities
will be added throughout the coming weeks.

Keep up to date with the holiday activity programme by following the Stroud
District Council HAF page on Facebook and Instagram.

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