Leicestershire Holiday Activities & Food (HAF) Programme 2019 Impact Report

In December 2018 Barnardo’s and Leicestershire County Council Children’s Services developed a Children’s Innovation Partnership (CIP).

Local Context

The CIP was established to work collaboratively on co-design, coinvestment and co-create transformational changes using a ‘service design approach’.

As part of the CIP in early 2019 Barnardo’s successfully submitted a grant application to the Department for Education for
£798,000 to deliver local co-ordination of free holiday activities and healthy food for disadvantaged children (HAF) during the 2019 summer holidays.

Barnardo’s took a partnership approach to this grant opportunity and developed a network of Improvement Partners; Leicestershire County Council, Voluntary Action Leicestershire and Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport. The Improvement Partners then offered, via the Shire Grants portal, an opportunity for local providers to bid for local grants to deliver HAF to local children. The eligibility criteria for the grant was to provide services to those children who were eligible for free school meals.

This was an amazing opportunity to ‘reach’ a significant number of Leicestershire’s children and their families.

The aim was for children (and where appropriate, their parents) who attended this provision:

  • to have access to and eat healthy food over the summer holidays;
  • to be more active over the summer holidays;
  • to take part in engaging and enriching activities which support the development of resilience, character, wellbeing and other skills;
  • to access safe provision;
  • to access activities aimed at reducing social isolation; and
  • to be more engaged with school and other local services and to have greater knowledge and awareness of local free
    holiday provision.

Read the full Impact Report: FINAL 2019 Leics HAF Impact Report