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Holiday Provision

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.

Applications for the 2022/2023 HEP Programme are now closed!

2022 Summer Half Term timetable will be published soon!

Our successful applicants have been made aware and are now planning their May Half Term activities for the young people in the area. We are currently underway making the timetable for the programme and you can find it on this page when it is live!

Catalyst have taken the decision to merge the application for all the holidays into one application, which should hopefully make planning and budgeting a lot easier for our wonderful providers. This doesn’t mean that we expect a provider to apply for all the holidays if they don’t wish to. If a provider only wishes to apply for one then that is more than welcome.

We are delighted with the response to the new application process and we look forward to seeing what the young people get onto in the next year of provisions. The aim of the HEP programme is to provide children on Free School Meals in the 10 most deprived wards with enriching activities that they may not be able to experience in their normal day to day and alongside these activities all children who attend will be provided with a high quality, healthy meal each day.

Please note the HEP applications are only available for VCSE organisations as this is a much smaller programme, If you are in the public sector and would like to become a provider you are more than welcome to apply to be a HAF provider for the larger Holiday provisions!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Holiday Activities team at

Below are some important dates that you may need for the 2022 HEP provisions!

Summer Half Term 

Bookings System Opens: Monday 25th April

Bookings System Closes: Friday 20th May

Holiday Dates: Monday 30th May – Friday 3rd June

Autumn Half Term

Booking System Opens: Monday 19th September

Bookings System Closes: Friday 14th October

Holiday Dates: Monday 24th – Friday 28th October