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Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) Programme

The Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme - named 'Wear Here 4' in Sunderland - is a Department for Education funded programme delivered locally and providing fun, enriching activities and tasty, nutritious meals during school holidays.

Wear Here 4 Spring, Summer and Winter programmes provide school aged children with an opportunity to get involved in a range of activities centred around sports, culture, arts and learning, as well as providing healthy meals and activities based on developing cooking skills and knowledge about nutrition, that families can use at home. Young people also get the chance to socialise with friends and make new ones, with children across the city coming together to get involved. 

With more clubs and an ever-growing range of activities and provision. there is something for everyone. From sports to dance, crafts, outdoor fun and there is even a spot of science.

We want to give children the chance to have healthy happy holidays so they can:

  • be more active
  • learn new skills
  • meet up with friends and make new ones
  • get a tasty nutritious meal
  • work together and stay safe

Who is the programme for?

Funding for the programme has been provided from the Department for Education (DfE) to Together for Children for families eligible for Free School Meals.

Sessions are free for children and young people who:

  • Live in Sunderland
  • Are of school age (between 4 and 16 years old)
  • Are eligible for means-tested free school meals during term time
  • Have a special educational need or disability (up to age 25)

Am I eligible for Free School Meals?

If you are a parent in receipt of any of the benefits listed below, your child is likely to be eligible for free school meals. 

If you aren't sure if you are eligible, please contact us on 0191 561 1417 or freeschoolmeals@togetherforchildren.org.uk  and one of the team will try to help you.

Your child might be able to get free school meals if you receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit -  your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)


Together for Children works with Sunderland City Council and a range of local businesses, community and voluntary organisations, clubs, and local schools to deliver activities and food. Thousands of children, young people and families from across Sunderland got involved in our activities.

If you're a provider and interested in finding out more about the programme or want to get involved in the future, please contact HAF@togetherforchildren.org.uk.

Funded by Department for Education


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