Winter activities in Oldham go down a treat

Date published: 23 January 2022

Additional funding has been approved for the continuation of Oldham's Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme which provides activities and healthy meals for young people.

The HAF programme has seen hundreds of children and young people across Oldham enjoy holiday activities for free over winter with the latest programme taking place over two weeks in December and January.

Free places were offered predominantly to children aged between 5 and 16 that were eligible for benefits-related free school meals, though the programme did offer additional places to others at a small cost.

Those involved enjoyed a range of activities with local providers, including multiple sports and games, healthy cooking sessions, festive arts and crafts workshops and even trips to the local pantomimes.

Councillor Eddie Moores, Cabinet Member for Children and Young people said: “It’s been fantastic, once again, to see our younger ones having a great time over the school holidays.

“2021 was just as testing and challenging for our children and young people, as the year before was, so they thoroughly deserved a great time over the winter holidays.

“They enjoyed all sorts of activities and day trips out over a fortnight, and I want to take this opportunity to thank our local providers for their participation in helping us put together another thrilling programme.”

The programme, which first began in Easter last year, aims to support young people to socialise with people of a similar age while having fun learning and playing new, physical and enriching sessions.

Children also get to learn about healthy eating and the preparation of food so they can put it into practice when they go home with their families.

“HAF offers much needed support to local families on low income at a time when they would otherwise face additional costs in food and childcare,” Cllr Moores added.

“What makes our offer even better, is that the children have lots of fun and learn new things too during the activities they participate in, and the latest programme is a great example of this.

“The good news now is that we have additional funding for the next three years to continue this programme and we’re already underway in organising another fantastic offer for Easter, so I’d urge everyone to keep an eye on our website and social media as we announce more information.

“We’re also on the lookout for new providers to hold activities, so if you are interested in getting involved in our next series of events, expressions of interest will be opening in the couple of weeks, so please get in touch with the HAF Team.”

Future providers can get in touch by emailing

Oldham’s programme, which is funded by the Department for Education, is scheduled to last until at least March 2025.

Details on the next Holiday Activities and Food Programme can be found here.

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