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Supporting children and families

Cotswold District is home to lots of families and children. We work with partners through our Children and Families partnership to provide opportunities such as holiday activities, but also give support for when things aren’t going so well. Please see below for further details.

Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme

The Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme is funded by the Department of Education, with strict guidelines on eligibility. HAF can only be offered to those in reception to year 11 who receive benefits-related free school meals. 

We understand all children and young people can benefit from a programme like HAF, which is why we’ve been working hard to secure extra funding to extend the offer to all families, just as we did in December with our Holiday Activities Programme ‘HAP’ Winter offer. 

We are happy to announce that we have now secured this additional funding for Spring 2022, so together with our local partners we will be able to offer some HAP opportunities to parents during the coming Spring, Summer and Winter holidays.

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To find out more about what’s happening in the Cotswolds this Spring, follow your district on social media.

Children & Young People's Activities

Please choose only 1 Daily Activity per child. Also, make sure you choose the correct sessions or classes for your child’s age.

Date /Day

Location

Activity

HAF/ HAP

Provider

10am -2pm Monday 11th

Stow

Stow Youth Centre are pleased to be running an Easter Holidays HAF Programme from Monday 11th April -Thursday 14th April 11am-3pm at Stow Youth Centre. Over the four days children will have access to a hot meal each day which the children will help to make, along with snacks and drinks. They will take part in different Sports, baking, cooking, various Arts & Craft activities, and Easter Egg/Scavenger Hunt as well as learning to make their own Wax Melts with a take home wax melt burner along with the melts they made during the day. An activity pack will be available for children to ensure they can take their skills they learn home to carry out activities.

Age:5 to 16yr

HAF/HAP

Stow Active Sports

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Mon 11th April 10-12

Bourton

Circus skills workshops with School of Larks

Age:5 to 10yr

HAF

School of Larks

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Monday 11th 1-3pm

Bourton

Circus skills workshops with School of Larks

Age:11yr +

 

HAF

School of Larks

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Monday 11th 10-12

Kempsford

“Go Wild” with World Jungle this Easter. Our two hour wild play sessions around the Cotswolds includes, giant bubbles, creating fires and cooking outdoors, African drumming and making your own crafts using saws and drills and also trying out the giant slingshot. We will also be joined by our Gloucester City Football star who will share some of his skills and get a game going for everyone to join in.

Age:5 to 16yr

HAF/HAP

World Jungle

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Monday 11th 1-3pm

Fairford

“Go Wild” with World Jungle this Easter. Our two hour wild play sessions around the Cotswolds includes, giant bubbles, creating fires and cooking outdoors, African drumming and making your own crafts using saws and drills and also trying out the giant slingshot. We will also be joined by our Gloucester City Football star who will share some of his skills and get a game going for everyone to join in.

Age:5 to 16yr

HAF/HAP

World Jungle

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Tues 12th April 10-12

Bourton

Circus skills workshops with School of Larks

Age:5 to 10yr

HAF

School of Larks

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Tues 12th -1pm-3pm

Bourton

Circus skills workshops with School of Larks

Age:11yr +

HAF

School of Larks

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Tuesday 12th

Stow

Stow Youth Centre are pleased to be running an Easter Holidays HAF Programme from Monday 11th April -Thursday 14th April 11am-3pm at Stow Youth Centre. Over the four days children will have access to a hot meal each day which the children will help to make, along with snacks and drinks. They will take part in different Sports, baking, cooking, various Arts & Craft activities, and Easter Egg/Scavenger Hunt as well as learning to make their own Wax Melts with a take home wax melt burner along with the melts they made during the day. An activity pack will be available for children to ensure they can take their skills they learn home to carry out activities.

Age:5 to 16yr

HAF/HAP

Stow Active Sports

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Tuesday 12th

Lechlade

“Go Wild” with World Jungle this Easter. Our two hour wild play sessions around the Cotswolds includes, giant bubbles, creating fires and cooking outdoors, African drumming and making your own crafts using saws and drills and also trying out the giant slingshot. We will also be joined by our Gloucester City Football star who will share some of his skills and get a game going for everyone to join in.

Age:5 to 16yr

HAF/HAP

World Jungle

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Tuesday 12th

Cirencester

“Go Wild” with World Jungle this Easter. Our two hour wild play sessions around the Cotswolds includes, giant bubbles, creating fires and cooking outdoors, African drumming and making your own crafts using saws and drills and also trying out the giant slingshot. We will also be joined by our Gloucester City Football star who will share some of his skills and get a game going for everyone to join in.

Age:5 to 16yr

HAF/HAP

World Jungle

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Wed 13th  April 10-12

Cirencester

Circus skills workshops with School of Larks

Age:5 to 10yr

HAF

School of Larks

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Wed 13th 1pm-3pm

Cirencester

Circus skills workshops with School of Larks

Age:11yr +

HAF

School of Larks

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Wed 13th

Stow

Sports (cricket, football rounder ) , Arts (wax melts) , Easter Egg Hunt and Easter baking @Stow Youth Club

Age:5 to 16yr

HAF/HAP

Stow Active Sports

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Wed 13th

Northleach

“Go Wild” with World Jungle this Easter. Our two hour wild play sessions around the Cotswolds includes, giant bubbles, creating fires and cooking outdoors, African drumming and making your own crafts using saws and drills and also trying out the giant slingshot. We will also be joined by our Gloucester City Football star who will share some of his skills and get a game going for everyone to join in.

Age:5 to 16yr

HAF/HAP

World Jungle

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Wed 13th 1pm-3pm

Bourton

“Go Wild” with World Jungle this Easter. Our two hour wild play sessions around the Cotswolds includes, giant bubbles, creating fires and cooking outdoors, African drumming and making your own crafts using saws and drills and also trying out the giant slingshot. We will also be joined by our Gloucester City Football star who will share some of his skills and get a game going for everyone to join in.

Age:5 to 16yr

HAF/HAP

World Jungle

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Thurs 14th  April 10am-12pm

Cirencester

Circus skills workshops with School of Larks

Age:5 to 10yr

HAF

School of Larks

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Thurs 14th 1pm-3pm

Cirencester

Circus skills workshops with School of Larks

Age:11yr +

HAF

School of Larks

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Thurs 14th

Stow

Stow Youth Centre are pleased to be running an Easter Holidays HAF Programme from Monday 11th April -Thursday 14th April 11am-3pm at Stow Youth Centre. Over the four days children will have access to a hot meal each day which the children will help to make, along with snacks and drinks. They will take part in different Sports, baking, cooking, various Arts & Craft activities, and Easter Egg/Scavenger Hunt as well as learning to make their own Wax Melts with a take home wax melt burner along with the melts they made during the day. An activity pack will be available for children to ensure they can take their skills they learn home to carry out activities.

Age:5 to 16yr

HAF/HAP

Stow Active Sports

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Thurs 14th 11am -1pm

Cirencester

“Go Wild” with World Jungle this Easter. Our two hour wild play sessions around the Cotswolds includes, giant bubbles, creating fires and cooking outdoors, African drumming and making your own crafts using saws and drills and also trying out the giant slingshot. We will also be joined by our Gloucester City Football star who will share some of his skills and get a game going for everyone to join in.

Age:5 to 16yr

HAF/HAP

World Jungle

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Thurs 14th 2pm - 4pm

Tetbury

“Go Wild” with World Jungle this Easter. Our two hour wild play sessions around the Cotswolds includes, giant bubbles, creating fires and cooking outdoors, African drumming and making your own crafts using saws and drills and also trying out the giant slingshot. We will also be joined by our Gloucester City Football star who will share some of his skills and get a game going for everyone to join in.

Age:5 to 16yr

HAF/HAP

World Jungle

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Thurs 14th

10-4pm

Cirencester
St. Michaels Park

Play Gloucestershire’s Play Rangers

Our Play Rangers are looking for children and young people who want to experience adventure, friendship and fun with us this Easter.

Our open access Food and Fun days are packed full of active and creative outdoor play, activities include painting, model making, face painting, clay, giant bubbles, informal sports, den building, hammocks and toasting marshmallows on the campfire.

Children get to choose what they do and how they do it, supported by our kind and trusted Play Rangers. A healthy lunch is included and we welcome disabled children and whole families. We encourage children of all abilities to play.

Age:5 to 16yr

HAF/HAP

Play Gloucestershire

Thurs 14th
10-11:30 or 12:00-13:30

Cotswold Water Park

A fantastic opportunity for children with disabilities and siblings only to experience sailing in the beautiful Cotswold Water Park as part of the Holiday Activity Programme.

Age:6yr +

HAF/ HAP

Sailability

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Ticketed Offer:

There are also a number of tickets available for attractions around the area including Laser quest, Roller-skating, Climbing, Cotswold Wildlife Park. The site is being updated regularly so check back to see if anything new has been added.

Finally, there are some activities being offered across the county which includes the following opportunities

Family Support is also available through Barnardo’s:

Helpline *0300 124 2903*

  • 28th March - 8th April between 10am-12pm
    (Book activities/food/SEND vouchers)
  • 11th April -14th April between 9 - 4pm
    (Cancel bookings, contact families who did not attend activities on behalf of providers via text message/phone call.

Helpline offering Family Support: A family support worker and team manager will be on the helpline providing low level family support signposting, advice, information, and guidance across Gloucester City, Forest & Stroud & Cotswolds.

Face to face drop-in’s are available throughout all our Children and Family Centres, attend one of our centres and ask our Centre Facilitator on reception.

Face to face drop-in at 10 Children and Family Centres in Gloucester City, Forest & Stroud

  • 28th March -8th April between 10am-12pm
  • 11th April-14th April between 9-4pm

Service Manager – amy.young@barnardos.org.uk 

The Helpline can support families to book their SEND food vouchers or any food kits they require.
All of Children and Family Centres are accessible.

Translation (telephone service and by appointment only) for families who have English as a Second language is available. Providers can call us via the helpline and ask for translation services for a family. Equally on the helpline when families call us, we can ensure translation where needed.

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