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Minister visits government funded activities for children on FSM

14 Apr 2022
Minister for Children and Families Will Quince made a visit to the government funded Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme at Crewe Lifestyle Centre.

The aim of the programme is to ensure that children and young people who are eligible for free school meals (FSM) eat more healthily and remain active over the school holidays. At these events the children learn about health, nutrition and enjoy time with other children in a safe environment.

He said: “Crewe Lifestyle Centre’s Holiday, Activities and Food (HAF) programme is exemplary. I’ve been on a tour of HAF clubs this week and it’s great to see the real benefits they are having on children’s nutrition, health and wellbeing and even helping them make friends.  

“I’ve really loved seeing the range of arts and crafts and sport here, from swimming to board games as well as the focus on building strong positive relationships with the community and local police force. It’s exactly why we expanded the programme nationwide and why we will continue to back HAF clubs by over £200 million every year, for next three years.”

The Minister saw first-hand children making new friends and enjoying activities such as hockey, football and dodgeball as well as arts and crafts.

Councillor Carol Bulman, vice chair of the children and families committee at Cheshire East Council, added: “The feedback we receive from parents and carers is amazing, saying that their children are full of joy at the end of the sessions, that they have made new friends and the activities are inclusive. Importantly the children receive a healthy meal and snacks, and they tell us they have learnt many new skills from how to make a brownie to building a camp.”

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