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Thousands of children to benefit from free activities and meals this Easter

More than 80 clubs across the district have been given funding to provide free food and activities for children during the Easter half term.

Thousands of children across the Bradford district will get to enjoy free fun activities and healthy meals over the upcoming Easter school holidays through a holiday club scheme organised by Bradford Council.

The council has again linked up with voluntary and community organisations to give eligible children access to healthy food and enriching, fun activities during the Easter break. Any child receiving benefits-related free school meals is eligible for the programme.

More than 80 organisations have received grant funding from the council to run holiday clubs during the Easter period.

They will be putting on a wide range of activities, such as art, sport, outdoor adventure and music at numerous venues across the district.

More than 40,000 children enjoyed similar schemes that ran last year. Image: Shutterstock.

There are activities designed for young people in primary, secondary and special schools.

The Easter of Fun project follows similar schemes that ran successfully over the Christmas and summer holidays last year and were enjoyed by more than 40,000 children and young people.

Funding has come from the Department for Education’s Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF).

Councillor Imran Khan, deputy leader of Bradford Council and portfolio holder for education, employment and skills, said: “I am delighted that this important scheme is back again for the upcoming Easter holidays.

“Every child deserves to have a fun, active, exciting school holiday but we know that financial pressures can make that very difficult for many, many families. Our HAF programme is making a huge impact on the lives of children and young people across the district, providing them with fun experiences that they might otherwise miss out on because of the expense. It also means their meal costs are covered during the holiday, as they would be during term time.

“The rising cost of living means many families are struggling to make ends meet right now. The HAF programme allows us to provide some much-needed extra support to lots of families and help keep children happy and healthy.”

Anyone who thinks their child should be receiving free school meals can apply online. Search ‘free school meals’ at bradford.gov.uk.

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