Leicestershire Holiday Activities and Food Programme - Summer 2019


Leicestershire County Council has developed a strategic partnership with the national children's charity, Barnardo's.

As a result of this partnership, Leicestershire County Council and Barnardo's (along with Leicestershire & Rutland Sport and Voluntary Action Leicestershire) have secured £798,000 from the Department for Education, for the purposes of supporting a Holiday Activities and Food programme for Leicestershire, to take place over the summer of 2019.

Barnardo's will operate as the local coordinating organisation for this programme, which will make grant funding available for any organisation that is able to deliver Holiday Activities which include Food provision, within Leicestershire, during the summer of 2019.

The programme is specifically targeted to offer provision to children who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM), for four hours a day, four days a week, for four weeks (4:4:4)

In total, funding is available to be able to support 2,852 potential places.

Aims and Objectives of the Programme

One of the objectives of the programme is to enable provision to be inclusive and accessible to all Free-School Meal (FSM) eligible children in Leicestershire. We know that provision for children in rural areas can be a particular issue and also that providers can struggle to cater for children with additional needs, such as those with SEND. Therefore, we have designated a number of places for children with Additional Needs at an enhanced rate, to take into account staffing ratios and other factors. These needs would usually be substantial and may include:

  • SEND
  • Looked After Children status
  • Significant rural isolation

The grant programme is therefore designed to develop a more efficient and joined-up approach to free holiday provision for disadvantaged children; and to ensure there is enough good quality free holiday provision to meet the demand from children eligible for free school meals in the local authority area during the 2019 summer holidays.

As a result of this, the aim is for children (and where appropriate, their parents) who attend this provision:

  • to eat more healthily over the summer holidays;
  • to be more active over the summer holidays;
  • to take part in engaging and enriching activities which support the development of resilience, character and wellbeing and other skills;
  • to be safe and not to be socially isolated;
  • to have greater knowledge of health and nutrition; and
  • to be more engaged with school and other local services and to have greater knowledge and awareness of local free holiday provision.

Who can apply for funding?

The programme will invite bids from all types of organisations, including charities and other third sector organisations, as well as existing holiday club providers who can demonstrate the ability to develop their existing provision to include food provision for FSM-eligible children.

Schools can also apply if they are operating holiday clubs.

How can I apply for funding?

The application form for the Holiday Activities and Food Programme is available to download below.

Please ensure you have read the Guidance Notes for the programme, which are available here and below.

A set of FAQs have also been produced for the programme.

You can also view Free School Meals statistics for schools in Leicestershire below.

Who do I send my application to?

Once your application is ready, please send this to Nathalie Chavrimootoo at Barnardo's:


Please note that the application form needs to be submitted in pdf format (as per the Guidance Notes).

The applying organisation's name and the words "HAF 2019 Application" should be included in the email 'subject' field when submitting your application.

Deadline for applications

The deadline for applications is midnight on Friday 31st May 2019

Partnership Opportunities

Below are details of organisations and individuals who are interested in partnering with other organisations to deliver a holiday activities and food project:

1. Bruce Harrison
Telephone: 07966 456743
Email: bruceharrison@leicestersouth.foodbank.org.uk

Bruce is involved with the following charitable organisations:

  • Midlands Langar Seva Society (a Sikh based charity in Leicester who provide food parcels to homeless people/rough sleepers)
  • Leicester South Foodbank (foodbank operating out of a church in Wigston)
  • Feed The Hungry UK (nationwide food poverty organisation with a base in Hinckley)

Bruce is interested in the providing the food element for a holiday activities project which could be delivered/funded through the HAF programme, and is looking for organisations who can deliver the activities.

Further information, advice and support

We are committed to making the Holiday Activities and Food funding available to as many eligible organisations as possible, bringing provision to a very wide range of young people within Leicestershire.

To access help, you can contact any of the organisations listed below:

Nathalie Chavrimootoo
Grants Co-ordinator
Email: n.chavrimootoo@barnardos.org.uk
Tel: (0113) 393 3234 or 07840 181667

Mala Razak
Children and Families Partnership Manager
Leicestershire County Council
Email: mala.razak@leics.gov.uk
Tel: (0116) 3058055 or 07904 547924

Noel Singh
Funding Manager
Communities, Policy & Resilience
Leicestershire County Council
Email: noel.singh@leics.gov.uk
(0116) 3057020

Jo Spokes / Annette Kendrick
Sports Development Manager / Sports Development Officer
Leicestershire & Rutland Sport
Tel: 01509 564870 / 01509 564858
Email: jo.spokes@lrsport.org. / a.kendrick@lrsport.org

Voluntary Action LeicesterShire
Helpline: 0116 2575050
Direct Line: 0116 2575032
Website: www.valonline.org.uk

Jo M Fisher
Childcare Sufficiency and Development Team Manager
Early Years Inclusion and Childcare Service
Email: jo.fisher@leics.gov.uk
Tel (0116) 3056566

For advice on provision of meals to School Food Standards:
Jackie Manship
Catering Manager
LTS Catering
Leicestershire Traded Services
Tel: (0116) 3057313 or 07983 433137
Website: LTS Catering Services | Leicestershire Traded Services