In 2021, working as ‘one city’, Bristol City Council, Feeding Bristol, Fareshare, Bristol Association for Neighbourhood Daycare (BAND) and Bristol Play and Youth Alliance started Your Holiday Hub (YHH). YHH offers equal access to holiday activities and clubs to those in receipt of benefits-related free school meals (FSM). We have a strong community, voluntary and play sector and we have built on these strengths to create something that is inclusive and fun. By attending sessions throughout the holidays, children and young people can build their confidence and social skills through play, sport, adventure, and friendship.

The places have been funded by the government’s Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme, which was rolled out nationally in 2021. In Bristol, we received just over £1.8m to deliver holiday activities and food to over 18,000 eligible children and young people across the city.