Hertfordshire County Council has joined forces with the Herts Sports Partnership and the Hertfordshire Community Foundation, to organise a programme for the forthcoming Easter Holidays aimed at countering the triple inequalities facing Hertfordshire’s most disadvantaged young people – holiday hunger, physical inactivity and social isolation.

If you missed the webinar that explained more about the programme, it can be watched back here. 

The grants programme for the Easter holidays is being administered by the Herts Community Foundation and applications close on Friday 5 March. Anyone hoping to deliver at Easter is encouraged to find out more about the criteria of the programme.

Click here to access the grant application
Click here to book the grants drop in session on 26 February at 10am

Free School Meals data

Please use the links below for more detailed information about the incidence of free school meals for both primary and secondary pupils across Hertfordshire:

In an initiative funded by the Department for Education, existing or prospective organisers of holiday activity programmes can access funding to deliver daily, four hour programmes where those young people in receipt of free school meals will be able to take part in a range of food, sports and cultural activities, and receive advice on nutrition and cooking skills. Programmes can be led by a range of organisations. from across the public, private and community and voluntary sectors.

Delivered across Hertfordshire throughout the Easter holidays, the HAPpy: Holiday Activities Programme will be a welcome boost to some of those facing the greatest need at this time. In the light of ongoing restrictions and uncertainty, the programmes – subject to any prevailing lockdown restrictions – will be held at a range of venues including schools, community halls, parks and leisure centres. Additionally, the scheme is being twin tracked to include a comprehensive online menu of opportunities for young people to stay active and keep connected.

The HAPpy programme will also be running for four weeks of the summer holidays and one week at Christmas. Further details for these holidays will be released in due course.

For more information please contact Jane Parker at HAF@herts.ac.uk.

Hertfordshire’s Holiday Activity Programme is being run in partnership between: