We are really saddened to hear the news that GL1 Leisure Centre and Oxstalls Sports Centre have closed as a result of Aspire Sports and Culture Trust ceasing trading. We would like to reassure our families and partners that we, Aspire Foundation, are in no way linked to Aspire Sports and Culture Trust and we continue to operate all of our services as normal.

Gloucestershire Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF) – Winter 2021

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This winter the HAF programme is offering four days of activities and events for children and young people eligible for Free School Meals.

This scheme, called the Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF), is in partnership with district councils, the voluntary sector and other organisations in the county and is funded by the Department for Education.

The HAF programme's purpose is to make sure children and young people are entertained, active, educated, safe and fed between 20 December and 23 December.

Aspire Foundation are pleased to support this valuable programme and to help families in Cheltenham and Tewkesbury access the registration process and book activities. We will be providing “drop in sessions” at our Children and Family Centres in Cheltenham and Tewkesbury where our experienced staff will support families, with access to IT to enable them to book activities.  

We will operate a “helpline” over the 4 days of the programme to provide support to families who may have barriers to them attending a booked session and also to providers who may have queries regarding support that families may need.

How will it work?

The HAF Winter programme will run from Monday 20 December to Thursday 23 December 2021. Each day, activities and events across the county will be available either in person, or online. Each district area will have its own page so you can find activities closest to you and what is being offered.

Some in-person activities will also need you to sign up in advance so the providers know which children and young people are coming to join that day's fun and games. A meal or food kit will also be provided, dependant on each district's offer.

You will be able to sign up to our Children Activities Booking System (CABS) from November.

Bookings for the free activities and food provision will be available to book from 1 December.

Gardners Lane Children & Family Centre - 01242 252185

Hesters Way Children & Family Centre – 01242 222490

Rowanfield Nursery – 01242 524584

Oakwood Children & Family Centre – 01242 513010

Brockworth Children & Family Centre – 01452 863617

Noah’s Ark Children & Family Centre – 01684 276361

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