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Other HAF funded projects

As well as the active child care programmes and the family activities listed in the main HAF page, Bedford Borough has used it's allocation of Holiday Activities and Food programme money to fund free places for children on income related free school meals to attend other local provision.

These spaces are already fully booked and therefore are not advertised on the main page, however we are keen for families to see how this funding is being spent.

See below for more information on the activities we are funding

Mencap Summer Playscheme

Bedford Mencap runs a playscheme for 3 weeks in the summer school holidays. This is staffed by paid professional and volunteer helpers and offers a wonderful opportunity for children and young people with learning disabilities to take part in fun activities and trips.

Through it's HAF funding, Bedford Borough council is fully funding the places of all children eligible for income related free school meals who are attending the provision.

Autism Bedfordshire Summer Playscheme

Autism Bedfordshire runs holiday schemes for children and young people with autism: Junior Activity Scheme is for autistic children aged 3-9 years, and provides 1:1 support. Holiday Club is for autistic young people aged 10-17 years with moderate to severe learning difficulties with 1:1 support provided. Summer Fun is for autistic young people aged 10-17 years with Asperger’s Syndrome or lower support needs.

Through it's HAF funding, Bedford Borough Council is paying the fees of all children booked onto the scheme who are eligible for income related free school meals.

Adolescent Response Team @ Canoe Trails

Bedford Borough is using some of the Holiday Activities and Food funding to offer an amazing opportunity for 16 young people involved with the Adolescent Response Team to access 3 days of adventure school through Canoe Trails.

Activities include:

➼ Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle Boards, and Canoeing.
➼ Bushcraft Activities
➼ Team Challenges
➼ Paddle START Qualification
➼ Climbing
➼ Bouldering
➼ Campfire Cooking
➼ Raft Building
➼ Orienteering
➼ Tracking games
➼ Adventure School Certificates
➼ Knot skills
➼ Archery
➼ Field Games

BDCPS

BDCPS provides playschemes and youth clubs for children and young people with complex disabilities (aged 0 to 25). 

This summer, Bedford Borough Council is using it's HAF funding to pay the fees of all children and young people attending BDCPS playscheme who are eligible for income related free school meals

IMPAKT Holiday Clubs

Impakt young people helps support young people aged 5-16 years through after school and holiday clubs. The clubs mix fun with learning. There are 4 weeks of holiday activities this summer.

Impakt have always offered free bursary places for eligible children and this year they are teaming up with Bedford Borough Council who are using the HAF funding to pay for the food and places of all children eligible for income related free school meals

BASH

BASH stands for Brilliant Activities in the School Holidays and is a series of activities for children and young people (predominately) aged 5-25. BASH is available for Looked after Children, Care Leavers, children and young people on a CP/CiN Plan, those who are adopted or on an SGO, those open to the Children with Disability Team and Kids who Share. In line with Covid, 2021 Summer BASH will be a series of online and face-to-face sessions.

Bedford Borough is supporting 108 children to access activities via the BASH programme of activities using it's Holiday Activities and Food Programme funding

High Level Young Carers @ Canoe Trails

Bedford Borough has teamed up with Carers in Bedfordshire to offer and amazing opportunity for 16 high level young carers to access 2 days of adventure school through Canoe Trails.

Activities include:

➼ Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle Boards, and Canoeing.
➼ Bushcraft Activities
➼ Team Challenges
➼ Paddle START Qualification
➼ Climbing
➼ Bouldering
➼ Campfire Cooking
➼ Raft Building
➼ Orienteering
➼ Tracking games
➼ Adventure School Certificates
➼ Knot skills
➼ Archery
➼ Field Games