Food and fun on offer during half-term school holidays for children eligible for free school meals

A WEEK of free activities for children eligible for free school meals have been announced for this half term.

Run in partnership between St Helens Children’s Centres and St Helens Youth Service, events have been designed to cater for the needs of children of all ages, from baby groups, arts and crafts classes for 5-7 year-olds – to outdoor activities, such as gardening, for children aged 11 and over.

The week of activities, starting from Tuesday, June 1, form part of the Department for Education-funded Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme, targeted at families in receipt of free school meals with the aim of encouraging children aged 4-18 years to eat more healthily and be active while not in school by attending holiday clubs during the school holidays.

During the recent Easter break, 126 activities were on offer, with food provided to all children and young people in attendance.

St Helens Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Councillor Nova Charlton, said: “Our children’s centres and youth service do a fantastic job all year round, helping with the development of our children and young people who have missed out on so much this past year – so it’s great to see more in-person events like this return and I’d encourage anyone who is eligible to attend.

“As a council, one of our key priorities is to ensure children and young people have a positive start in life and programmes like this play a big part in achieving this.”

For more information, including a full activity timetable and how to book on a session, visit

Places on any of the Children’s Centre activities can also be booked by calling Central Link Children’s Centre on 01744 673444, Parr Children’s Centre on 01744 671788 or alternatively, message via their Facebook page.

To reserve a place on any of the Youth Service activities, email [email protected] or call 07710848252.

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