Families can now find free and paid for school holiday activities across the city on the new Your Holiday Hub (YHH) website launched today (15 June).
The popular YHH programme is returning this summer offering children and young people aged four to 16 hundreds of free, fun activities across Bristol over the six-week summer holiday.
The new website now makes it easier for families to search for school holiday activities – including free YHH places with lunch provided for children on free school meals (FSM) as well as paid for activities and clubs.
Funded by the UK Government Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme, thousands of Bristol children and young people have already accessed the programme over the Easter holiday.
Bristol City Council now aims to reach many more children and young people over the summer with thousands of YHH places available.
Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Education and Equalities, Councillor Asher Craig, said: “The Your Holiday Hub programme is a wonderful initiative which allows for children and young people from all over Bristol and from all walks of life to learn something new and make new friends over the school summer holidays…
“I would like to thank the numerous organisations involved in the Your Holiday Hub programme this summer, for arranging such inspiring and inclusive activities which are available for children and young people of all ages and abilities.”
YHH activities include cookery classes, sports, drama and learning about wildlife and the environment, and each four-hour holiday activity also includes a nutritious meal and food education.
Over 65 organisations across Bristol will be involved in providing YHH activities over the summer holiday. A full list of organisations and activities is available on the YHH website. The programme is not yet fully complete, as more and more activities are being added between now and the summer holidays.
They include Cooking and Garden Crafts sessions at Redcatch Community Garden and Summer Football Camps on Filwood Fields with the Robins Foundation and a family trip to Weston-Super-Mare with Oasis Hub South Bristol .
Eligible children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) or an education, health and care plan are welcome at YHH. Families can contact the organisation or session they would like to attend to discuss their child’s individual needs.
Stephanie Barter is the owner and manager of Bizzy Kidz Club, a Bristol-based children’s club offering fun-filled activities and themed weeks ranging from arts and crafts to science experiments and woodland activities.
Stephanie said: “We understand how hard it can be for parents and carers during the long summer holiday to find things to do and keep the children entertained. We are so proud of the activities we run which are stimulating and allow children to explore, learn and practise a variety of skills and develop their knowledge outside of school.”
All of the holiday activities available across Bristol can be found on the website and conveniently searched by location, age or activity.
Organisations offering activities can also access resources on the website as well as input and update the activities and clubs they are providing over the school holidays.
The website will be updated for each holiday to reflect which activities are available over the summer, winter, and Easter school holidays.
Families of children or young people who do not get benefits-related FSM can also find holiday activities on the YHH website.