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Wandsworth Connected – Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) Programme – Information for potential providers

What is the Holiday Activity and Food Programme

The Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme is funded by the Department of Education (DfE) to enable the provision of activities and food for children over the Easter, Summer and Winter school holidays, with a focus on those in receipt of benefit related free school meals.

Research has shown that the school holidays can be pressure points for some families. For some children this can lead to a holiday experience gap, with children from low-income households being:

  • 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

The HAF programme is a response to this issue, with evidence showing that free holiday clubs can have a positive impact on children and young people, and that they work best when they:

  • provide consistent and easily accessible enrichment activities
  • cover more than just breakfast or lunch
  • involve children (and parents) in food preparation
  • use local partnerships and connections, particularly with the voluntary and community organisation sector

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

  • eat healthily over the school holidays
  • be 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


The Wandsworth Approach

In Wandsworth we are ambitious in what we want to deliver for our children, young people and families.

We have listened to our communities, worked together with children, parents, carers, schools and community providers and they have told us that they need and want activities to take place in spaces that are familiar, local to them and in which they feel comfortable and allow them to build relationships and feel part of a community.  We also want to be responsive in what we offer and provide diversity of opportunity to all.

With this in mind we would like to develop both a Core Offer of provision and a range of Special Projects.

For the Core Offer we are looking to offer consistency to our children young people and families from organisations who will be able to develop and encourage positive relationships with our children, young people and families.  We would like to fund both local providers and dedicated providers delivering from familiar community venues (such as schools) to provide good quality, dependable activities which offer the opportunity for children and young people to make connections, be engaged and most importantly have fun. 

The Special Projects offer will run in conjunction with the Core Offer and provide a range of opportunities that respond to a specific need (i.e. Mental Health Support, Knife Crime Reduction etc) or provide opportunity to participate in something out of the ordinary (i.e. Diving camp).  

To allow for this to happen we have changed our funding procedures to enable providers to secure funding for one, two or all three of the HAF eligible holidays with one application.  This will both cut down on the amount of admin time required to submit bids and offer security of funding to ensure that providers can effectively resource plan.


How to Apply for Funding

You can apply by reading the “Wandsworth Connected HAF guidance and criteria 22-23” and completing the “Wandsworth Connected – HAF Bid Form 2022-23”.  Both can be found in the downloads section on this page.  You must then send the completed form to buy the relevant deadline below


When are the bid submission deadlines

If your bid includes Winter delivery the deadline is Midnight, Sunday 9th October 2022

If your bid is for Easter and Summer Only the deadline is Midnight, Sunday 29th January 2023

If your bid is for Summer Only the deadline is Midnight, Sunday 4th June 2023

If you are bidding for a Special Project the bid deadline will be Midnight, Sunday 9th October 2022 for Winter, Midnight, Sunday 29th January 2023 for Easter and Midnight, Sunday 4th June 2023

You will be notified of the outcome of your bid within 4 weeks of the deadline passing along with the payment schedule and next steps.


Further Support

All the information you should need can be found in the “Wandsworth Connected HAF guidance and criteria 22-23” found in the Downloads section this page.  However, if after reading this you would like any further information about Wandsworth HAF or to talk through your application with a member of the team please email

There will be a series of virtual provider events in the weeks leading up to each deadline where you can meet the team and receive pointers on how to complete your form.  We strongly recommend you attend where you can.  To book on to one of these events please email

The next Provider events are scheduled for:

Friday 23rd September – 12.00pm to 1.30pm
Tuesday 27th September – 4.00pm to 5.30pm

Last updated: 14 Sep 2022