Young Gloucestershire is overseeing the Holiday activities and food programme across the Tewkesbury District for August 2021.


School holidays can be particular pressure points for some families because of increased costs (such as food and childcare) and reduced incomes. For some children that can lead to a holiday experience gap, with children from disadvantaged families:

  • less likely to access organised out-of-school activities
  • more likely to experience ‘unhealthy holidays’ in terms of nutrition and physical health
  • more likely to experience social isolation

What’s on offer?

Free holiday club spaces for young people, what’s included:

  • Up to four days of holiday club provision
  • A fun and exciting programme of sport and activities
  • A meal at lunchtime
  • Opportunity to learn more about food preparation with access to a range of FREE cooking recipes
  • Or alternatively to the above access to a FREE food box for the family or a FREE family day out token (depending on eligibility)

Who is the programme is for?

HAF - this holiday provision is for children who receive benefits-related free school meals.

We’ll consider requests to use up to 10% of funding to provide places for children who are considered by the local authority as vulnerable or in need of this provision. This may include, for example:

  • children assessed as being in need
  • looked-after children
  • children with an EHC plan (education, health and care)
  • children assessed as otherwise vulnerable
  • children living in areas of high deprivation

The Holiday Activities and Food Programme is funded by the Department for Education, which has set the criteria for who is eligible. However, we understand that the last 15 months or so have been hard for many more families in the county. This is why additional funding has been made available so that more children and families will have the opportunity to take part in fun, engaging activities this summer.

COMF- this holiday provision now includes opportunities for:

  • children assessed as being in need
  • looked-after children
  • children with an EHC plan (education, health and care)
  • children assessed as otherwise vulnerable
  • children living in areas of high deprivation
  • children who have been impacted by the Covid pandemic

Please note young people need to be aged 4-16 years and living in or attending schools in the Tewkesbury Borough. This includes Tewkesbury, Bishops Cleeve, Churchdown, Borckworth and  Winchcombe.

How to get involved with HAF or COMF offers?

FREE Holiday Activities or FREE Food Box- take a look at our bookings page to view all of the opportunities we have available across the Tewkesbury District during August 2021:

For instructions on how to complete the online form, please download the instructions document.

For bookings and enquires feel free to contact the YG team at: or Phone: 01452 501008 Ext 300.

There is a helpful booklet to guide and signpost you to access available food, activities and wellbeing during the school holidays - download it here.

Working Together:

Young Gloucestershire will be working with a range of providers this summer to offer a variety of holiday activities across Tewkesbury. Our current providers include:

Aims of the programme:

As a result of this programme, we want children who attend this provision to:

  • eat more healthily over the school holidays
  • be more active during the school holidays
  • take part in engaging and enriching activities which support the development of resilience, character and wellbeing along with their wider educational attainment
  • be safe and not to be socially isolated
  • have a greater knowledge of health and nutrition
  • be more engaged with school and other local services

We also want to ensure that the families who participate in this programme:

  • develop their understanding of nutrition and food budgeting
  • are signposted towards other information and support, for example, health, employment and education