16 Mar 2022

Book now for free Easter activity spaces

Children and young people will once again be able to enjoy a varied programme of free activities during the upcoming Easter holidays.

From 9 April through to 24 April, organisations across the Island are coming together to offer activities for five to 16-year-olds as part of the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme, which also guarantees a nutritious meal.

Free places are available for children and young people who receive benefits-related free school meals and on a paid-for basis as well.

Places are also available for children and young people on Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP), those open to social care, or with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

But with limited spaces for many of the activities, families should book soon to avoid disappointment.

Councillor Debbie Andre, Cabinet member for children's services, said: "We are really pleased with the number of organisations who have stepped forward to be part of the programme which means we can offer exciting opportunities for children and young people on the Island.

"We want to enable children and young people to try new things and make new friends and we know it is a welcome support for many families during the school holidays.

"We know that families are facing — and will continue to face — increasing pressure and the dedication of organisations to supporting families in this way means such a lot to so many.”

The Easter programme has a fantastic range of activities on offer at venues right across the Island, including horse riding, water sports, circus skills, drama, arts and crafts and even an opportunity to write and record your own song!

Details of all the activities available and further information on how to book can be found below.

The Easter (HAF) scheme is funded by the Department for Education and forms part of the council's connect4communities programme.

The following organisations are offering activities and parents and carers wishing to find out more should contact the provider directly:

Scallywags Holiday Fun Club

Scallywags Holiday Fun Club are offering spaces for ages three to 18 years old. Email: scallywags0@btinternet.com, or call 07977 709088 for more information.

West Wight Nursery

West Wight Nursery are offering places for five to ten year olds. Tel: (01983) 640190 or email: manager.westwightnursery@gmail.com 

Ventnor Community Early Years

Ventnor Community Early Years are providing sessions offering activities including gymnastics, dance, arts and crafts, sports, and woodlearn forest school and much more. For five to ten years old. Email: ventnorcommunityearlyyears@gmail.com or call (01983) 856868.

Starling Songwriters

Song writing and recording workshops for ten to 16 year olds. Absolutely no musical experience required. Please use the following form to sign-up: https://tinyurl.com/4y9whbt6

If you have any enquiries, email: starlingsongwriters@gmail.com or call Chris on 07432739733 or Maria on 07868651050.

Island Riding Centre

Riding sessions with a healthy lunch provided for ages six to 14. Bookings: (01983) 214000 or haf@islandriding.com

Aspire Ryde

Kids play sessions and healthy meal in the Kingdom play activity centre for five to 18 year olds. Email: info@aspireryde.org.uk or call (01983) 716020.

CM Foundation's Youth Days Out

CM Foundation are providing four activity days including watersports and street cooking. Especially for young people ages 11 to 16 attending secondary school. Email: sam@cm-foundation.co.uk for more information and bookings.

CM Sports

CM Sports is offering sports coaching and arts and crafts activities for eligible children aged five to 11 at Barton Primary and Nine Acres Primary. Bookings: 02392 987881 or visit: http://www.cm-sports.co.uk 

Theatre Educational

Theatre Educational has a range of professional, experienced community arts tutors who will provide arts and theatre themed activity for seven to 16 year olds at Oakfield Primary and Barton Primary schools. Visit  www.theatreeducational.co.uk for full details or call 07984 170014.

 

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  • Free places are available for children and young people who receive benefits-related free school meals and on a paid-for basis as well.
  • The Easter programme has a fantastic range of activities on offer at venues right across the Island, including horse riding, water sports, circus skills, drama and arts and crafts.
 
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