HUNDREDS of children will get the opportunity to enjoy free fun activities and healthy food over the summer months in Rossendale.

Rossendale Leisure Trust will be running the summer Holiday Activities and Food Programme for the third year over four weeks.

The holiday activities and food programme is funded by the Department For Education and managed by Lancashire County Council and aims to provide a range of enjoyable activities and nutritious meals for primary and secondary school aged children who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals.

Sessions are held in different venues all across Rossendale and are for primary, secondary and pupils with Special Educational Needs, SEN, and places can be booked until 10 days before activities start on Monday July 31.

HAF Co-ordinator Paul Gallagher said: “On Day one we are offering more than 450 places making this HAF the largest one the trust has run.

“We looked at attendance levels over previous years and realised that there was a drop off on a Friday so this year we will be running sessions Mondays to Thursdays for the four weeks.

“We have new activities including a cake baking workshop and additional SEN sessions including slime for fun.

“The trust secured £240,000 of funding to provide the services in 2023 and we have used local providers to deliver the programme including the catering.

“We have new venues including the Horse and Bamboo where the Cotton Shed Theatre is the provider and we are also using St Mary’s RC School in Bacup for the first time.”

For more information about the activities over the summer holidays visit www.rltrust.co.uk/community/haf

Cathrine Smyth Media.