Leeds Partners HAF Resources!

Leeds Partners: Leeds Food Aid Network, FoodWise Leeds and Leeds City Council have been working hard to produce resources that can help guide HAF projects across the country. Keep reading to find out more…

Follow the link below for a Healthy Holidays Food Standards Checklist. Allowing providers and attendees track their practical progress in food standards:

Click HERE to access a Healthy Holidays Good Practice Food Guide! This resource provides:

  1. A brief introduction to why healthy eating is important
  2. Top tips for positive eating and mealtimes
  3. A food standards checklist for food provision

FoodWise Leeds have produced a Building Food Resilience Toolkit. This provides an overview of options available to people who require food access support. It also offers useful information and signposting advice to help organisations explore people’s longer-term food options and to deliver effective food aid provision. Follow this link to read more: htps://

Click this link to download the toolkit:

For more FoodWise Healthy Holiday 2021 information and for further resources check out their website:

Holiday Programmes: Feeding Bristol’s Healthy Holiday Summer 2020.

Over 2,000 children benefitted from HAF work by Feeding Bristol during Summer 2020. Follow the links below for more details, including the challenge of working with Covid-19!

Click Here to read Feeding Bristol’s Healthy Holidays- Food Provision during a Pandemic. An impact report on 2020 by Feeding Bristol.

For more information on the work done in 2020 by Feeding Britain- Click Here to read: Healthy Holidays-Summer 2020. An overview of work by Feeding Britain throughout the country. Report written by Feeding Britain’s Project Manager, Sarah Clark.

Developing your HAF 2021 local delivery: Learning from Leeds

Click here to access a presentation by F Wood Solutions, which gives practical advice for community organisations delivering HAF at a local level.

For more information on how community organisation-led HAF clubs in Leeds have developed, and the wider impacts they deliver. Please click here to listen to the GiveLoveLeeds podcast titled- Healthy Holidays Programme.

For more resources from F Wood Solutions regarding HAF 2021 programmes please click here.

Achievement For All -Update:

School Readiness: The national education charity Achievement for All has developed a comprehensive set of free resources that can be used by schools or community providers that will support the development of character, wellbeing and resilience through HAF activities. Piloted in Brent and Newcastle back in 2019, the Core Strength toolkit helps to put the development of skills for learning into the very heart of HAF provision, with little change to planned activities. A complete pack of high impact downloadable resources, including guides for parents and carers, is also available. These easy-to-access and apply materials can be enhanced by training for provider staff. 

Free Core Strength materials: 

Presentation on Core Strength (HAF Alliance Conference): 

For more information and to commission additional staff training: 

Summer of Literacy: The Summer of Literacy is a campaign to encourage all providers of summer holiday sessions to include activities that develop literacy skills through speaking, listening, reading, writing, singing, rapping and any other fun means. Through the HAF Alliance partners Achievement for All, the National Literacy Trust and the Reading Agency (in partnership with Libraries Service) are offering a multitude of ideas, campaigns and resources to ensure that every HAF provider can find a way to bring critical literacy development activity front and centre of planned activities.

HAF Alliance Summer of Literacy Bulletin:

Achievement for All’s Summer of Literacy offer: 

More information: 

New Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Alliance calls for urgent action from local authorities

New Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Alliance calls for urgent action from local authorities to access their expertise to ensure £220m school holiday programme works for the most disadvantaged.

Leading not-for-profit groups come together to offer invaluable practical expertise to help local authorities scale-up the Government’s Holiday Activities and Food programme.

“This year, especially, I want children to make the most of their school holidays” Children and Families Minister, Vicky Ford MP.

London, March 18, 2021. A new coalition of 16 not-for-profits launches today to help local authorities make a success of the government’s expanded Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme, backed by £220m, ensuring multiple benefits for children, families and communities who have been hit hard by the pandemic.

The coalition, the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Alliance, pools the expertise of some of the UK’s leading not-for-profit organisations who have years of experience working in communities to alleviate inequalities, food poverty and inactivity.

With a range of prominent experts backing the new Alliance, including Children and
Families Minister, Vicky Ford MP
, and Policy Advisor to No 10 on The National Food Strategy Henry Dimbleby, the Alliance is calling on local authorities to use their collective wisdom for strategic planning advice, implementation, delivery support and evaluation as they are preparing to deliver the Department for Education’s (DfE) HAF programme in England this summer.

School holidays can be particular pressure points for some families because of the increased costs of food and childcare, reduced incomes and the lack of free healthy meals. For some children that can lead to a holiday experience gap. Those children from disadvantaged families are less likely to access organised out-of-school activities and are more likely to experience ‘unhealthy holidays’ in terms of nutrition, social isolation and physical wellbeing.

Professor of Developmental Psychology at Northumbria University, Greta Defeyter, is one of the founding members of the Alliance. She said: “The importance of an enriching holiday experience for all children cannot be underestimated, especially following a year in which large numbers of children have not physically attended school due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This summer, it is more important than ever that children, especially those living in areas of social deprivation, have access to best-in-class holiday programmes. This means a well-structured day full of fun activities that enable children and young people to learn new skills, socialise with friends, and enjoy nutritious food in a safe environment. On top of this, HAF programmes also alleviate parental stress and support children in returning to school. In the future I would like to see access to HAF programmes provided universally to all children, as is the current practice in Sweden.”

The HAF Alliance is being introduced today to 151 top tier English local authorities at a virtual conference hosted by television presenter and campaigner, Charlie Webster. The conference aims to showcase the resources and expertise of the HAF Alliance’s charities, community interest organisations and subject matter experts to support local authorities with planning and implementation of their holiday programmes during 2021. The Alliance has provided free access to research, tools, techniques and best practice, supported by evidence from years of implementing and evaluating HAF programmes.

Speaking at the conference, Vicky Ford MP said: “Our pioneering Holiday Activities and Food programme has been expanded this year for the first time, so it will benefit many more children than ever before. This year, especially, I want children to make the most of their school holidays, so I’m thrilled that there is so much support and enthusiasm for the programme.
“This significant expansion across the country and to every local authority will support even more disadvantaged children over the holidays with healthy meals, fun activities, and learning opportunities. It’s fantastic to see the HAF Alliance coming together as we begin our work alongside local communities to deliver this hugely important support, beginning at Easter in line with remaining restrictions and growing further in the summer.”

Key-note speeches and workshops will be given by some of the country’s leading subject matter experts on food poverty, diet, healthy active lifestyles and child services, including Henry Dimbleby independent lead on the National Food Strategy and author of The School Food Plan; Andrew Forsey, National Director of Feeding Britain; and Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of Sport England.

In June 2020, following the high-profile drive for action led by Marcus Rashford, the government announced the expansion of the HAF programme for 2021 following three years of pilots funded by the DfE with a number of local and national organisations.

The new £220m grant funding is allocated to 151 top-tier English local authorities to spend in 2021 on six weeks of free holiday club provision with food and activities for children and young people, aged 5-16, who are eligible for Free School Meals.

Many local authorities have been severely stretched by the pandemic over the past year and may not yet have delivered the kind of play and youth holiday provision that is the ideal model for HAF programmes. The Alliance hopes that in sharing its expertise and best practice, it can help local authorities to develop and deliver high quality holiday programmes for their local communities.

Jane Ashworth OBE, Founder of StreetGames and HAF Alliance spokesperson, said: “We have a perfect opportunity to use the energy of the 16 HAF Alliance members to motivate local authorities to go beyond a minimum-standards approach to HAF 2021 for children and young people and build a platform for future delivery. We’re urging all local authorities to get in touch with us now through in time for the summer holidays.”