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HAF ‘Winter Unlocked’ Programme 2021

The Winter Unlocked programme is for young people and families in receipt of free school meals, aged 4 – 19 years (up to 25 years with additional needs) to access activities and services during the Winter Holidays, including a nutritious meal and a fun physical activity every day.

All Winter Unlocked activities will provide an element of nutritional education and the meals provided will meet dietary requirements and food standards. 

Activities last for a minimum of 4 hours per day and for at least 4 days over the Christmas school holiday. Healthy meals will always be provided.


What do you need to know?

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, with a particular focus on those in receipt of free school meals.


The aims of the programme are to encourage children to:

  • eat more nutritiously over the winter 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 nutrition and wellbeing
  • be more engaged with school and other local services
  • we also want to ensure signposting and advice is available for families who participate in this programme, and develop their understanding of nutrition.


Usage of data

We will be collecting special category data including information on ethnicity and health (including special educational needs). This data will be used as part of the mandatory requirement for safeguarding childrens’ needs. The health information will also ensure your child is safe and fully supported to take part in our holiday activities.

Aggregated data will be shared with the Department of Education to ensure future funding for holiday activities. This will be provided to them anonymously and collectively, not at an individual child level.

More information on data privacy notices can be found on our booking system.


How to book?

  • click on the link under 'Downloads' to look at our programme of activities with your child/ren to decide which they would like to attend. There are activities for parents, carers and guardians too
  • you can filter the activities by age and by location, but you can go anywhere in Wandsworth to attend an activity! 
  • all places are booked on a first come, first served basis. However, there may be cancellations, so keep checking online - a space may become free!
  • you will be able to see all the activities, what time they start and finish, and where they are located on your profile homepage, making it easier for you to know where to go

SEND: if your child has special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), please provide more information online when you are making the booking.
This is to ensure that your child is supported to take part in and enjoy the activity, so please provide as much detail as you can. If your child has a high level of support and/or behavioural needs, or you would like any support to book onto an activity, please get in touch with us:

Please note: when booking, please ensure that you read the activity information and recommended ages to avoid being turned away; the council cannot take any responsibility if this happens


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Who to contact

Contact Name
Katie Thomson

Time / Date Details

Time of day
Session Information
Monday 20th - Friday 24th December 2021
Wednesday 29th - Friday 31st December 2021

Last updated: 13 Dec 2021

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