Holiday Programme is Summer Hit with Local Young People

Thousands of young in Blackburn with Darwen benefitted from a bonanza of activities through the Government’s Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF) in 2021 and 2022.

Backed by a nationwide investment of around £200 million, the HAF programme ran across all local authority areas during the Summer school holidays, as well as Easter. The local programme, which was launched locally in April, is targeted at those who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals.

A total of 15 partners including charities and community groups delivered the programme in Blackburn with Darwen including One Voice Blackburn. The Department of Education’s HAF fund has provided activity and food to over 2,400 children and young people in 30 locations  – through the local authority children’s centre network, Young People’s Services (YPS), Seeds Adolescent support unit and Spring North. The provision also included over 43,000 free nutritional meals being distributed across the borough.