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COMMUNITY: Sky Blues in the Community HAF programme providing free activities and food this Summer

19 August 2022

Community

COMMUNITY: Sky Blues in the Community HAF programme providing free activities and food this Summer

19 August 2022

Sky Blues in the Community have been delivering the HAF programme in Coventry this Summer, providing free activities and food!

SBitC deliver the HAF programme at venues across Coventry, including Moat House Community Centre.

The HAF (Holiday Activities and Food) programme is funded by the Department for Education and offers fun and food for Coventry pupils throughout the school holidays.

Places are completely free to children who receive free school meals, with children and young people of all ages and backgrounds welcome. 

Sky Blues in the Community HAF provides activities and food – with activities including tennis, archery, arts and crafts, football, healthy eating education workshops, fruit kebab making and much, much more!

In 2021 SBitC provided over 3700 meals throughout last Summer’s HAF programme.

Dianne Williams is the Chief Executive of Moat House Community Trust, who runs the Centre, and explained the community need for a project of this type and how it originated.

“There was a need by the community for this holiday club, because keeping kids occupied and fed during the summer holidays is a very expensive thing, particularly for a disadvantaged community," said Dianne.

“We started it in a big way about five years ago and then then the Holiday Activities and Food Programme came along in response to Marcus Rashford’s Free School Meals.

“We provide a wide range of activities but, fundamentally, it is about food and healthy, stimulating activities, be it sport or arts and crafts.

Dianne added:

“It’s not just for the kids; it’s for the parents. The stress and strains of the cost of living rise it becoming increasingly evident. We also run a ‘GrubHub’, a community supermarket, and every day they tell us that they do not know what they would do without the activities and the food being provided."

Craig White is the Inclusion Manager for Sky Blues in the Community and explained more about the process behind the HAF programme, and the wide range of activities being provided by SBitC at Moat House, and also other venues.

“Eligible children, those who receive free school meals during term time, will be given a HAF code, which they can then use to take part in activities around the city," said Craig.

“Here at the Moat House, we have arts and crafts, football and a hot meal provided, all free of charge with the funding provided by Coventry City Council.

“We have plenty of inflatable fun going on. We have an inflatable dart board, a speed-shot machine, arts and crafts, dodgeball, archery and plenty more. And then at lunch time they will be fed a hot dinner before coming back outside the enjoying some more activities.

Craig added that the increased cost of living is increasing the demand for these types of projects.

“In today’s times, we are seeing an increase all the while. This isn’t the only project that we run but we have parents and families volunteering to help us. At SBiTC, we like to think that if somebody picks up the phone in need we can help them. There is somebody here to help them, to support them and advise them.

“If they look on the Sky Blues in the Community website, or give us a call, anybody who is interest and is entitled to can come along.”

For more details, visit the Community section of our website or alternatively email sbitc@sbitc.org.uk or call 02476 786349. 

 


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