Still time to join us to make it a super summer for our most in-need children

Published Wednesday, 9th June 2021

There’s still time for schools, voluntary and community groups and businesses in Hartlepool to get involved in a new project to provide healthy food and stimulating activities to children and young people in the town over the school holidays.

Hartlepool Holiday Fun is led by Hartlepool Borough Council using Government funding and is aimed at children who receive benefits-related free school meals, but all school-age children can take part in the activity element of the programme.

Hartlepool Holiday Fun

The project was a great success when it was launched for Easter, and now organisations and businesses are being invited to come together to make it even bigger and better for the summer holidays.   

Groups taking part will receive funding to provide free holiday activities and nutritious meals for eligible children and young people for at least four hours per day and four days per week over a four week period. If they can provide activities but are not able to provide food that's no problem, as arrangements will be made to team them up with a food provider.

Organisations wanting to take part should complete an application form which is available – together with further information – at

The closing date for receipt of completed applications has now been extended to 5pm on Friday 18th June.

Sally Robinson, the Council’s Director of Children’s and Joint Commissioning Services, said: ““Organisations taking part in Hartlepool Holiday Fun play a vital role in helping ensure that children and young people in our most vulnerable families don’t go hungry and all our children can enjoy exciting, fun activities which keep them stimulated and support their learning and development.

“Thank you to the organisations and businesses which have joined up so far, but to make this summer’s event a real success we still need more to come on board, so please get in touch.”