Funded by a grant from the Department of Education, the Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF) will run throughout August and is being coordinated by Rossendale Leisure Trust with Rossendale Borough Council.

Hundreds of young people and families from Rossendale, Lancashire will benefit from free activities and food. 

Funded by a grant from the Department of Education, the Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF) will run throughout August and is being coordinated by Rossendale Leisure Trust with Rossendale Borough Council. 

It will combine more than 15 different providers from Ski Rossendale and Haslingden Community Link to The Shine Project in Bacup and Emma’s Crazy Creatures, and will see activities held in different neighbourhoods across Rossendale to make sure they are accessible for all. 

Cate Atwater, Head of Partnerships at Rossendale Leisure Trust, said: “We are delighted to be coordinating a programme for families and young people in primary and secondary schools who are in receipt of free school meals, to provide help and support over the summer holiday period.

There are 20 sessions a day running and these will be held on Tuesdays to Fridays throughout August. 

At Tor View School, they are providing a multi activity programme for young people with special educational needs and disabilities. 

We have already got more than 300 young people and families booked onto sessions and by the end of the month we hope to have supported 800-900 young people across the Valley.

The free to attend programme includes activities along with nutritious lunches for primary pupils and healthy snacks for secondary school age students. 

Anyone who is eligible for a place, should visit the Rossendale Leisure Trust website www.rltrust.co.uk/haf for further information and to book sessions. 

For more details about the programme contact the HAF team coordinator Paul Gallagher on paul.gallagher@rltrust.co.uk