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Fri, 25/06/2021

The Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF) is set to return this Summer at Vibe.

The programme which is aimed at supporting families and children in the school holidays has been running since 2018 but has been significantly expanded this year in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

The programme ensures that young people have access to healthy food and enriching activities throughout the school holidays. The Government also wants children and young people to be more active during the upcoming summer holidays, so they do not become socially isolated.

Vibe’s free HAF Summer activities programme offers over 3,000 spaces for young people aged between 11 – 18 (from the age of 8 in some centres) across Huyton, Kirkby, Whiston, Prescot and Cronton and is targeted specifically at young people who are eligible for benefit-related free school meals.

Vibe programmes include a theme each week that influences music, art, cooking, sports, nutrition, wellbeing as well as outdoor activities for young people to enjoy with their friends this summer.

Charlotte Brookes, Vibe Operations Manager and the Lead for Vibe’s HAF programme said: “After the last 18 months, we know young people have faced and overcome many challenges, we are astounded by their resilience, confidence and support they offered their family and friends during this pandemic. We want to give them a summer to remember at Vibe and so we’ve been working on our summer programme for the last two months to make it as exciting and enjoyable as possible. Taking on feedback from our Easter programme, Summer will now be themed for each of the four weeks with all activities, meals and snacks relating to each theme. Like all of our Open Access offers, young people will be able to take part in a range of activities they choose once they arrive on site. We are looking forward to welcoming our young people back this summer and think the HAF programme is as inclusive for all young people.”

 The Vibe summer HAF programme will operate in a similar way to the Easter project, in collaboration with Volair Leisure Centres and as part of the Knowsley SNAP programme. Sessions are funded by the Department for Education’s Holiday, Activities and Food Grant and offers four hours of activities with a meal, four days per week over the four-week summer period. Families with Children aged 11 and over (with age 8 for all Our Place, Huyton sessions) can book now at vibeuk.org/book-online

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