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Pilot Summer Holiday Activity and Food Programme

Pilot Summer Holiday Activity and Food ProgrammeThe pilot Summer Holiday Activity and Food Programme is part of Government’s commitment to protect low income families against rising living costs.

We would like to thank all our providers for working with us and taking part in this year’s pilot Holiday Activity and Food programme. We know they will provide a great experience for all children attending.

If your family is a recipient of free school meals, your child will qualify for a place on these programmes. Please contact the provider directly, and mention the Holiday Activity and Food Programme free space offer.

If you are a provider (either activity or food) and want to take part in future programmes, please contact as we would love to hear from you. If this small pilot is successful, a wider offer to cover more of our Island and across all age groups would really benefit our wider community, so we would welcome that conversation. We want to work with you to support what great work you are already doing.

Below is a table with providers' contact details, dates and locations where the programme is taking place.

Venue & LocationDatesActivity providerEmail address
Peel Youth Centre 25 July to 12 August  Youth Services 
Ramsey Youth Centre 25 July to 19 August Youth Services 
Onchan Scout Hall 25 July to 5 August Youth Services
Abbey Church Hall, Ballasalla 1 August to 5 August Youth Services 
Willaston 25 July to 29 July Youth Services 
HBN School, Douglas 25 July to 19 August Youth Services 
Pulorse Youth Centre 25 July to 5 August Youth Services 
Isle of Man Children's Centre Farm, Douglas 4 days per week across Summer Holiday period Isle of Man Children's Centre
Cronk y Berry School 25 July
27 July
29 July
1 August
3 August
5 August
Active Souls
Ballacottier School 8 August
10 August
12 August
15 August
17 August
19 August
22 August
24 August
26 August
31 August
2 September
Active Souls
Onchan Hub 22 to 26 August Fit Kids


From summer 2020 vouchers for Shoprite/Coop have been given to families with children who are in receipt of free school meals through holiday periods on the Isle of Man. In addition to financial pressures to provide basic provisions for those at home, it is acknowledged that through the school holidays some families, in particular those on low-income, may be:

  • Less likely to access organised out of school activities
  • More likely to experience ‘unhealthy holidays’ in terms of nutrition and physical health
  • More likely to experience social isolation

Aims of the programme

As a result of this pilot summer programme we want children who attend this provision to:

  • Eat healthily during the summer holidays
  • Be active during the summer holidays
  • Take part in enriching activities that support resilience, character and wellbeing
  • Be safe and not socially isolated
  • Have a greater knowledge of wellbeing, health and nutrition
  • Be more engaged with local services

The core offer (who can apply for funding)

Best Practice of similar programmes in England suggests children should be offered a minimum of:

  • 4 weeks of face to face provision
  • 4 days of the week
  • For at least 4 hours of each of those days
  • At least one meal per day that meets nutritional guidance (school food standards)

As a pilot scheme, we want providers to let us know what they can offer, even if it doesn’t meet these best practice guidelines fully.

Who can apply? (Providers)

We welcome all groups to apply, from community groups, family groups, faith groups, schools, sports clubs, uniformed organisations as well as existing holiday and sport club providers who wish to extend their offer.

Please note - bids can be from individual organisations who can provide a complete provision, from consortium style bids who can provide a complete provision (with a named lead organisation) or from organisations who may be able to offer an ‘element’ of provision (I.e. food or activities) or may only be able to provide a limited number of days/weeks.

NB: Please be aware that all provision will need a minimum of 3 members of staff/volunteers on site for safeguarding and security reasons.

What is an ‘enrichment activity’?

An enrichment activity is an experience where children can extend their learning to improve or enhance skills, knowledge, and well-being. These activities can include academics, sports, arts, crafts, computer skills, mindfulness; and more, and are offered with the goal of providing entertainment and enjoyment, while sharpening and building on individual’s skill sets.

How do we get an application form?

You will need to fill in an application form and send it in to us at  Application forms have full guidance notes to let you know how we are marking the applications against specific criteria.  Although there are best practice guidelines, we recognise that some of these may be hard for some organisations to meet, for example the suggested set times for a programme.  Let us know what you can provide within your organisation, and which areas of the best practice are met.

All groups applying to act as a provider must be able to demonstrate that they have appropriate policies and procedures in place for:

  • Safeguarding, including the recruitment of staff and volunteers
  • Health and safety
  • Food business registration (for food providers)
  • Relevant insurance policies
  • Accessibility and inclusiveness

Application forms can be requested by emailing  or calling +44 1624 642639 and must be returned by 26 June 2022.

What food offering do we need to provide?

There is full guidance available with the application form, but in short, any food or drink that is provided should be in line with the School Food Standards to ensure that it is nutritious and healthy, and that food allergies are recognised and catered for. These can be hot or cold food, but should remain within the basic principles of the standards.

The meal provided can be breakfast, lunch or dinner – so as not to exclude morning or evening activity groups.

This School Food Standards guidance suggests meals should include:

  • plenty of fruit and vegetables
  • plenty of unrefined starchy foods
  • some meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein
  • some milk and dairy foods
  • a small amount of food and drink high in fat, sugar and salt

Best practice standards

The best practice standards that need to be considered are that children attending will be able to:

  • Eat more healthily
  • Be more active
  • Take part in engaging and enriching activities
  • Be safe and not isolated
  • Have greater knowledge of health and nutrition

Through providing opportunities to engage in the following

  • Physical/Wellbeing activities
  • Nutritional Education
  • Nutritious meal

Policies and procedures

All groups applying to act as a provider must be able to demonstrate that they have appropriate policies and procedures in place for:

  • Safeguarding, including the recruitment of staff and volunteers
  • Health and safety
  • Food business registration (for food providers)
  • Relevant insurance policies
  • Accessibility and inclusiveness

Whilst the scheme is a community initiative and is not intended to be a replacement for childcare, potential providers should note that the Regulation of Care Act requires that any provider of childcare to those under the age of 8, for more than 2 hours daily, should be registered. More information on the Care Standards webpage

Data collection

Data will be collected in order to assess if the aims and objectives of the pilot scheme are being met. Funding will be issued at 90% of the funding prior to the commencement of the programme, and 10% on receipt of the first weekly data sheet return.

Providers will be asked to collect the following information from all attendees which will include:

  • Age
  • Free School Meal Status
  • Total of number of days attended (unique children)

This information will be passed weekly to the coordinating team to enable evaluation of the scheme to take place. There will be a registration template to complete which will be sent out when funding is granted. On receipt of the first weekly data return, the final 10% of funding will be released.

A 'unique' child, for data collection purposes, means the same child is identified to have repeatedly accessed the sessions. This is to enable us to better evaluate the pilot, rather than collecting only total number of attendees to each session per day.

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