Your Holiday Hub provides free clubs over winter break

Children and young people who are eligible for free school meals will be able to access almost 200 school holiday clubs for free over the school winter break.

Your Holiday Hub will provide a range of activities for families – from cooking, arts and crafts to sports and outdoor play during the four-hour sessions provided by 35 Bristol organisations.

Experiences include creating a piece of winter music, Sail with Santa around the harbour, Hansel and Gretel outdoor theatre and learn how to make snow.

The clubs provide opportunities for children and young people “to make new friends, learn and develop new skills and build their confidence”. Those taking part will also be provided with a hot, nutritious meal.

Organisations running school winter holiday clubs this year include Redcatch Community Garden, Oasis Hub and South Bristol Children’s Centres as well as Hartcliffe and Withywood Community Partnership, Bristol City Robins and SS Great Britain Trust.

The YHH programme also includes over 3,500 food parcels from FareShare South West, which will be going to around 40 different organisations across the city, as well as 1,400 activity packs from the Children’s Kitchen, Unique Voice and Children’s Scrapstore.

Provided as part of the government’s expanded Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme, the scheme provides enjoyable activities and nutritious meals for primary and secondary school aged children who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals.

Bristol City Council is working with local schools, voluntary and community organisations, and childcare providers to provide the HAF programme (Your Holiday Hub).

The free places are funded by the Department for Education.

Families who would like to access a YHH should contact the organisations directly.

A list of all organisations and locations offering YHH places are available on the Bristol City Council website.