Nottingham City Council has secured grants to provide holiday activities and food to pupils who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) over the Summer and Christmas holidays of 2021.

The council has secured a £1.8m grant from the Government’s Holiday Activity Fund (HAF).

The funding will provide activities and healthy meals for primary and secondary school aged pupils who are eligible. 

In Nottingham the sessions are being branded as ‘FREE Fun and Food’.

Community groups, schools and council services will deliver FREE Fun and Food Holiday Clubs in communities across the city. The FREE Fun and Food sessions will include a variety of activities, including sports, music, arts and other exciting opportunities to learn and develop skills, alongside a healthy meal each day. 

Children will be able to attend the sessions throughout the summer holidays, including specific provisions available for children with SEND or additional needs, at no cost to families.

Find out more and stay in touch!

All sessions will be advertised to families on www.asklion.co.uk/funandfood This website will list all of the sessions and the contact details for booking places. Keep checking back regularly as more sessions are being added closer to the Summer holidays.

Ahead of the Summer holidays the FREE Fun and Food sessions will be launched through the press, social media and our email newsletter called ‘Information and Support’. Click on the link to subscribe to the newsletter and be the first to know when the programme is launched!

Every month subscribers will also get a helpful round up of information about support services including the availability of food vouchers, advice on debt and benefits, reducing household bills, employment and job-hunting support including training courses and much, much more.

Publicity and promotion

Groups and organisations who have been awarded funding will need to promote their ‘Free Fun and Food’ sessions by registering with Ask Lion and also following the branding requirements outlined here.

If you have any queries regarding the HAF programme, please email freefunandfood@nottinghamcity.gov.uk