fbpx Skip navigation

There is growing evidence of a holiday experience gap, with children from disadvantaged families less likely to enjoy a family holiday or access out-of-school activities.

Our themed fun days aim to address the issue of learning loss, particularly in the long summer holidays. We do so by engaging children and their families in a wide range of educational activities.

Our fun days include a free nutritious mean and have so far covered topics as varied as:

Keep an eye on this webpage for details of our new programme of Eco Explorers sessions, which will focus on nature and the environment.

Family holiday clubs

School holidays can be challenging for families with:

  • increased food costs
  • a lack of fun and stimulating activities
  • social isolation.

Family Action’s holiday activities and food (HAF) programmes, such as Holiday Hub, support vulnerable and low-income families during school holidays by providing free nutritious meals along with opportunities for family bonding.

In 2018, for instance, we supported 40 providers to set up and deliver the Families, Food and Fun programme across England, providing over 14,000 meals. Read about the impact of our holiday activities and food work.

Previous holiday activities and food programmes

Family Action has co-ordinated large DfE-funded holiday activities and food projects that aim to help children and their families to eat more healthily over the summer holidays, be more active, take part in engaging and enriching activities, be safe and not to be socially isolated, have greater knowledge of health and nutrition and be more engaged with local servicesFor example, in 2019 the London Borough of Croydon and Family Action co-ordinated 79 holiday clubs across the borough as part of the Holiday Food and Fun programme. 

Family Action has also delivered smaller HAF projects to support children and families in the holidays in areas such as Staffordshire and Stockton,