Happy Healthy Holidays for children this summer

During the school summer holidays, Wakefield Council and partners are offering free holiday club places to the most vulnerable children across the district.

Wakefield Happy Healthy Holidays is being rolled out for all children and young people, aged 5-16, who are eligible for free school meals. The Happy Healthy Holiday programme was nationally rolled out to all local Councils this year and is funded by the Department for Education.

There are 32 providers, from voluntary groups, sports clubs, schools and childcare providers, delivering a wide range of activities across the district including forest schools, dance, climbing walls, firefighting courses, football, family picnics days, cricket, archery, arts and crafts, and cooking.

Margaret Isherwood smiling
Cllr Margaret Isherwood

Participants will get the chance to enjoy fun activities that will enable them to learn new skills, take part in creative and physical activities, find out about food and cooking and enjoy free nutritious meals every day they attend.

Cllr Margaret Isherwood, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “We know that the school holidays can be a really difficult time for some families, and that has been made even worse by the coronavirus pandemic.

“So I’m delighted that we have received this funding to make sure that children across our district are happy and healthy during the six-week break. They will have the opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills and build their confidence. We want all our children and young people to thrive.”

All eligible children will be contacted through their schools.