Since 2019 Catalyst have been working with Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and the VCSE to coordinate and deliver a range of free school holiday activities such as sports, music, cooking, gardening, drama and crafts to children and families across the Borough.
Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) – Summer 2021.
The summer is coming to an end as the majority of children in Stockton on Tees return back to school next week. Organisations through DFE funding have provided a varied holiday enrichment programme which included food and activities to eligible children in our borough. The dedication, hard work and passion exhibited by providers in meeting the objectives of the Summer HAF programme has shown the strength of the voluntary sector in Stockton who came together to address these these inequalities.
We are now in the process of collating the monitoring and evaluation information to support SBC to submit their report to the DFE on our achievements in Stockton. We look forward to working together again on the Christmas HAF programme.
There is a growing body of evidence of a holiday experience gap – with children from disadvantaged families less likely to access organised out-of-school activities; more likely to experience ‘unhealthy holidays’ in terms of nutrition and physical health and more likely to experience social isolation and learning loss. In addition, the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on mental health, wellbeing and financial insecurity is now well understood.
For 2021/22 Stockton-on-Tees, Public Health Team is funding half-term holiday provision for the October half term.
This smaller, targeted scheme is intended to work alongside and complement the DfE Holiday Activities Fund.
As the October half term approaches, we are looking for providers to provide holiday activities and nutritious food during the week of 25th October – 29th October 2021.
We will be providing application and guidance notes on this fund shortly and if you have any questions on the above fund please email email@example.com