w4l programmes & kits
holiday activity and food fund programmes and kits
We are excited to be a part of the delivery of the HAF funding provided by the Department of Education across England.
School holidays can be particular pressure points for some families because of increased costs (such as food and childcare) and reduced incomes. For some children that can lead to a holiday experience gap, with children from disadvantaged families:
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
Free holiday activities are a response to this issue and evidence suggests that they can have a positive impact on children and young people.
At Wild for Life we are passionate about the benefits that physical outdoor our links to farming, the countryside and food all make us well placed to provide exciting, educational and engaging workshops and kits to support families to:
eat more healthily over the school holidays
be more active during the school holidays
take part in engaging and enriching activities which support the development of resilience, character and wellbeing along with their wider educational attainment
be safe and not to be socially isolated
have a greater knowledge of health and nutrition
be more engaged with school and other local services
We also want to ensure that the families who participate in this programme:
develop their understanding of nutrition and food budgeting
are signposted towards other information and support, for example, health, employment and education
We work with children who are living under pressure and with disadvantage every day. Our expertise in this area is proven and we specialise in supporting children and families to develop strategies to improve their own health and wellbeing. We use the most accessible resources, most of which are free. A garden, a street or a local park all offer huge opportunities to learn, thrive and grow.
If you are a school or local authority who have funding for the Holiday Activity and Food Programme why not talk to us about what Wild for Life can offer in your region to help children already coping with setbacks in life to benefit from this experience.
what we offer
wild activity kits
We offer our Wild Activity kits that contain age appropriate activities and resources for four activities, together with a comprehensive guide for parents to accompany the kit.
It’s fun to do as a family, it involves physical activity through exploring the local area and it gives parents and carers a range of resources to use to extend the activities beyond the life of the kit. It also provides tips about conversations and approaches that can enable families to develop things like confidence or self-esteem, to prepare for change and to develop life skills and connection to the world around them.
More than that, it will hopefully inspire families to spend time together, to learn more about food and where it comes from, together with the health and financial benefits of cooking and growing locally sourced or grown produce.
The kits are supplemented by a “How to?” video that gives hints and tips about how to use the kits as well as other ideas about how to embed this approach into more of a routine in daily life, rather than something just designed for the school holidays.
wild for life workshops
We offer a range of workshops delivered face to face in the form of holiday activity clubs. These are in person activities delivered outdoors and with the connection to the outside world being a major focus.
Learning about nature and life-cycles and where we fit into that and learn to gauge our place in the world. Developing a sense of connection and learning to feel comfortable outside, by exploring and discovering what is around us.
These workshops develop confidence, problems solving skills, touch upon risk taking and dealing with challenges. Encouraging children to develop leadership skills and refine their decision making and along with that comes the self-belief and aspirations that can make the difference to how our children cope.
During these workshops children will be encouraged to reflect in their own abilities through activities like “ what is great about me” and “sticks and stones”.
Discovering, preparing and learning where food comes from will form a part of the activities and in particular the food on our doorstep and the confidence and enjoyment that comes from growing and eating our own food too.