School Holiday Help

22 Jul 2022

The school summer holidays can be a difficult time and put pressure on household budgets, especially if money is already tight. Parents can find it tricky to balance paying for essentials whilst trying to entertain their children with trips and activities and most children won’t understand the pressures caused by the rising cost of living.

In a recent StepChange survey, 37% of parents with children aged 18 and under were worried that their finances will suffer during the school summer holidays due to additional cost pressures, rising to 46% of parents with primary school children and 51% of parents in receipt of Universal Credit.

It is therefore important to know what support is available to help cope with these pressures.

Parents who are eligible for benefit-related free school meals can apply for their children to attend the Holiday Activity and Food Programme (HAF), where they will be able to do activities and receive at least one free meal per day. The HAF runs for four weeks during the school summer holiday (three if the school holiday is shorter than six weeks).

Further details about the HAF in Warrington are available on Warrington Council’s website.

Also, the Household Support Fund that was set up during the Covid pandemic has been expanded with extra funding available until 30th September 2022 with 50% of the extra funds being ringfenced for families with children. Applications can still be made online.



“Thank you so much for your help in getting me set up in my new home” 

Anonymous – WHA Resident

“We’re really grateful for the excellent service we received from Warrington Housing Association’s Money Adviser and the extra money has made a big difference, helping us hire a gardener and be able to go to LifeTime more often where we enjoy singing in the choir”

Mr & Mrs Holland – WHiA Customers

“I’m so grateful to Warrington Housing Association for reaching out to me to make sure I’m claiming my full benefit entitlements”

Ms Heseltine – WHA Resident

“We couldn’t have navigated the benefits system without the fantastic help we received from Warrington Housing Association’s Money Adviser”

Andrew & Eileen – WHA Residents

“I felt like a big weight had been lifted off my shoulders and that I had somebody on my side”

Barbara, WHA resident

Warrington Housing Association 

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Tel: 01925 246810
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Warrington Housing Association, the Gateway, 89 Sankey Street, Warrington, WA1 1SR