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Funded holiday activities, fun and financial support

Take advantage of the fun holiday activities for children and financial help and support to low-income families to help with food, heating and bills this Easter.

Councillor Kamaljit Nagpal, Ealing Council’s cabinet member for a fairer start, said: “School holidays can be a real challenge – not only keeping children occupied but also having to do so with less available money. The HAF programme not only has amazing fun activities to take part in but all those attending will get a healthy lunch, and everything is free.”

Spring into action

The spring holiday activity and food programme (HAF) is a great way for your child to get involved in activities, socialise and meet new friends during the Easter break. They can learn about nutrition, and spark some new interests and hobbies, from archery, arts and crafts, dance and drama, swimming, to football and outdoor sports activities.

It will run at different locations across the borough for the whole of the Easter break for 4 hours each day, with eligible children and young people able to attend for 4 days. It is available to children and young people in school years reception to year 11, and who are in receipt of benefits related free school meals.

The programmes vary, with different activities at each of the locations around the borough. There are also programmes that are also specifically designed to be inclusive of children with SEND needs.

Find out more and search the different programmes to find the perfect programme and location for your children.

To find out more about the HAF email HAF@ealing.gov.uk or visit the Ealing Families Directory website.

Vouchers to help with meals

The Household Support Fund, is part of the council’s commitment to tackling inequalities across the borough. The fund is allocated to the council by Department of Work and Pensions.

Families eligible for benefits related free school meals will get supermarket vouchers worth £30 per child. Families with children under the age of 5, who get housing benefit and/or council tax reduction are also eligible, as are care leavers. 

Eligible families will receive either an email or letter from our partners Blackhawk with a 16-digit, personalised code and instructions to redeem the vouchers via their website.

Local activities

Find out more about leisure activities over the spring break, from open spaces, leisure passes, to days out at the zoo, to cinema discounts .on the council’s website. 

Visit your local library for a wide range of activities, you will be surprised at the amount of fun things you can do.

For more information on help that is available, and to find out what you might be entitled to, visit the Ealing Council cost of living hub.

Cost of living support, with housing benefit, and council tax advice can be found on the council’s website.

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