Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) Activities
The Department for Education (2021) say: ‘School holidays can be particular pressure points for some families because of increased costs (such as food and childcare); this leads to a holiday experience gap – with children from disadvantaged families less likely to access organised out-of-school activities; more likely to experience ‘unhealthy holidays’ in terms of nutrition and physical health and are more likely to experience social isolation.
Free holiday clubs are a response to this issue and evidence suggests that they can have a positive impact on children and young people. It also shows they work best when they provide consistent and easily accessible enrichment activities, when they offer more than just breakfast or lunch, and when they involve children in food preparation’.
For Easter 2022 Rewilding are pleased to be able to offer a range of activities for children who receive ‘benefit related free school meals’ (see this link for a list of eligible benefits).
This is for children who live or are educated in either the Redcar & Cleveland or the Middlesbrough council areas; and is part of the XPlore Easter programme (further details available here).
Activities for Primary Aged Children
As part of the XPlore Easter 2022 programme we will be providing our ever popular Adventure Activity Days. Eligible children can come to four days of activities per week. See below for further details and the locations we will be picking up from.
Following a similar format of our popular Wild Activity Days, these days are for children aged 8-14 years; who are eligible for benefit related free school meals.
We will collect children from our partner’s locations (see below) and transport them to our woodland site at Dunsdale, where they will be engaged in outdoor adventure sports, including archery, axe throwing, rifle shooting and bushcraft; including breakfast upon arrival, and a hearty lunch cooked on a campfire they have lit, using firewood they have chopped!
Below is a list of pick up locations; click each link to see the dates and book your child on a Adventure Activity Day:
Activities for Secondary Aged Children
During previous school holidays there hasn’t been as much HAF opportunities for teenagers, so we have listened to the views of secondary aged young people and are able to offer: Canoe Adventure Days; Targetsport BBQ Evenings and Wild Camp Adventures. Eligible children can come to four days of activities per week. See below for further details and the locations we will be picking up from.
Our Canoe Adventure Days are a way for your child to be active, outside and to have an adventure- whilst exploring local waterways and lakes via canoes; we’re pleased to be working with our good friends at Teesoutdoors to provide this opportunity.
These days are for children aged 11-16 years; who are eligible for benefit related free school meals. We will collect children at 10.00am, from one of our partners’ locations (see below) and travel the short distance to a suitable river or lake; we will return them at 4.00pm to the same location.
IMPORTANT NOTE: your child must bring a full change of clothing, a towel and spare footwear; a full list of clothing is available via the booking links below
Below is a list of pick up locations; click each link to see the dates and further details and book your child on a Canoe Adventure Day:
Our Targetsport BBQ evenings are just that! They are for children aged 11-16 years; who are eligible for benefit related free school meals. We will collect the children at 5.00pm, from our partners’ locations (see below) and return them at 9.00pm to the same location.
We will transport the children to our activity site at Dunsdale, where they will have BBQ food and take part in a range of targetsports, including axe throwing, archery, rifle shooting and catapulting.
Below is a list of pick up locations; click each link to see the dates and book your child on a Targetsport BBQ Evening:
Our Wild Camp Adventures are a way for your child to be active, outside and to have an overnight adventure. These events are for children aged 11-16 years; who are eligible for benefit related free school meals.
We will collect children at 5.30pm from one of our partner’s locations (see the links below) and transport them to our woodland activity site in Dunsdale, where they will have an evening meal cooked on the campfire, and enjoy activities, including axe throwing and archery.
They will sleep in the woods, in either big bell tents, or under tarps. We will return them the next morning at 9.30am to the same location that we picked them up from.
IMPORTANT NOTE: your child must bring a sleeping bag & sleeping mat (we have some available to loan if needed), spare clothing/nightwear.
Below is a list of pick up locations; click each link to see the dates and book your child on a Wild Camp Adventure:
See each of the events above; underneath each is a pick up location, this is a link to the booking page.
Just select the date you’d like, select how many places you’d like then click ‘Book Now’- then you will be able to go through the checkout (but don’t worry, there’s nothing to pay…).
Yes. All you have to do is arrive at the pick up location at the time stated and we’ll collect you.
For the Adventure Activity Days, you can drop the children at Dunsdale- just select the ‘Open’ day and book that way!
No. Part of the HAF is healthy and hot food. If your child would prefer a packed lunch then feel free to send one.
They will receive breakfast upon arrival, there will be healthy snacks throughout the day and a hot lunch!
We also provide a range of drinks, including juice, milk, water and hot chocolate.
Upon booking we ask you to complete a Participant Information Form, please let us know the details of the allergy or food intolerance.
We can cater for several dies and will work with you to accommodate your child’s needs as much as we van.
We are using local schools and community organisations as pick up points; school staff are welcome to come, but there will be sufficient Rewilding staff to ensure we have at least a 1:8 ratio, or 1:4 for the Canoe Days.
These activities are funded by the DfE HAF Programme, and are free for children in receipt of free school meal related benefits.
The funding allows for children on free school meals to come to four days per week; so over the Easter holidays then can come to eight events.
They don’t have to be the same events; or if your child would prefer to come to just one day then that’s OK.
We routinely cater for vegetarian and vegan diets; if you have a specific dietary need please record it on the booking when you go through the checkout and we will aim to cater for it.
If possible please give them the medication prior to coming.
If it can be self-administered (such as an inhaler) then send it with them.
If it needs to be taken at a certain time then please send it along with instructions and inform the member of staff who is checking your child into the activity.
In all case, we ask that the medication be recorded on the Participant Information Sheet that you complete as part of the booking process.
The activities are ran by Rewilding Adventure staff, all of which have the relevant adventurous activity qualifications and outdoor first aid certificates, as well as holding a recent DBS check.
For the Canoe Adventure Days we are working with our friends at Teesoutdoors.