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This Summer a unique partnership between the Hubb Foundation and Stoke-on-Trent City Council will ensure thousands of children across the city receive access to a host of free activity sessions through the Government-funded Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme. These will include a range of physical activities, STEM activities, arts and crafts - as well as exciting new experiences! All our holiday sessions are run by experienced organisations which will provide a safe and welcoming experience where children will have fun, make new friends, and create life-long memories!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the HAF Programme?
A. The 'Holiday Activities and Food' programme is a government initiative funded by the 'Department for Education' that offers free places for children and young people across the Easter, Summer, and Christmas holidays in 2021. The scheme provides enjoyable activities and nutritious meals for primary and secondary school aged children. Children will be able to access sessions throughout the summer holidays, including specific provisions available for children with SEND or additional needs, at no cost . The sessions will include a variety of fun activities, including sports, arts and crafts, and other exciting opportunities to learn and develop new skills (children will typically be offered free activities for four hours a day, for four days a week throughout the summer period).
Q. How can I find out when events are happening?
A. For all information relating to the times, duration, and venue of activities - please refer to our timetables which are split into the North, Central, and South areas of the city.
Q. What activities will be included?
A. We work with a number of activity providers across Stoke-on-Trent who deliver activities and additional enrichment at the sessions. This can include sports, arts and crafts, cooking, dancing, etc. There is also a meal provided at each session for attendees.
Q. How much does it cost to attend?
A. All of our sessions are free to attend.
Q. What COVID-19 measures will be in place?
A. Each venue will implement COVID-19 procedures based on their specific venue. Each venue partner is advised to visit the 'COVID-19' webpage which contains links to relevant government guidance for operating safe holiday sessions during COVID-19. Please visit here for the latest government guidance on COVID-19.
Q. Do I have to remain with my child at the session?
A. At community venues, a guardian is asked to remain with their child at all times throughout the session.
Q. What are 'closed sessions'?
A. 'Closed Sessions' refer to sessions which are coordinated directly through the school (who invite pupils to attend), these are not open to the public but we have plenty of other sessions happening across the city which are available for anyone to attend. Parents and families who would like more information about the closed sessions are advised to contact their child’s school.
Q. How can I get involved as a volunteer/provider?
A. To get involved as a volunteer or if you/your organisation is interested in getting involved as a partner, please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. What do I do if I have a complaint to make?
A. We are coordinating this programme in partnership with the council. You can make a complaint directly to us by either emailing us at email@example.com or you can follow the council's 'Complaints, Comments, & Compliments' procedure which is available at: https://www.stoke.gov.uk/downloads/file/531/complaints_comments_and_compliments_procedure
Q. How do I access the Hubb Foundation's 'Privacy Notice' regarding what information is collected?
A. For guidance relating to the use of personal data, please refer to our 'privacy notice'.
Q. What do I do if I have a safeguarding concern?
A. In the first instance, any safeguarding concerns should be reported to a member of staff who is present at the session. You can also either contact us directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) or follow the council's guidance (https://www.stoke.gov.uk/info/20009/children_and_families/391/stoke-on-trent_safeguarding_children_partnership)
If you are concerned about a child in Stoke-on-Trent, you can call the Children's Advice and Duty Service (CHAD) on 01782 235100 (Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6pm). If you need to contact them out of hours, then please call their emergency duty team on 01782 234234.