Holiday and Activities and Food Programme

The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme is funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and provides enriching activities, meals, and support during the school Easter, summer, and Christmas holidays.

HAF provision is FREE to those who meet the following criteria:

  • School-aged children and young people who are currently in Reception to Year 11 who receive benefits-related free school meals.
  • Those with a Social Worker, to include looked-after children or previously looked after children
  • Young carers
  • Those with an education, health, and care plan (EHCP)
  • Those referred by the Ethnic Minority Achievement Service (EMAS) to include but not limited to asylum seekers, refugees, and those with no recourse to public funds (NRPF)

Details of the HAF programme can be found here:

Food banks

Food banks available in Brighton & Hove, as well as some for Seahaven, Peacehaven & Newhaven, Shoreham and Fishersgate.

Useful advice for those struggling to buy food.

Childcare and family support

Council’s childcare and family support page – includes information on childcare funding, Family Information Service (FIS) for support available to families in the city, Family Service Directory, Children’s Centres, etc.

Wellbeing support – For children and families.

Free or subsidised clubs for kids

Community Toddler Groups – Please contact them before attending as some groups may no longer be running or may require registration.

Children’s Centres in Brighton & Hove

Help for essentials

Household Support Fund – Extra help is available this winter for households in Brighton & Hove struggling to pay for food, fuel and other essential costs – available until 31 March 2022.

Local Discretionary Social Fund – Another local council fund to help with buying food, gas and electricity, essential items for your home (e.g. beds, cookers or fridges) or any other support you may need in an emergency.

Brighton & Hove Energy Services Cooperative (BHESCo) – offer free advice on switching and energy consumption to residents who are struggling to pay their energy bills.  They can also carry out free home visits to qualifying households to install energy-saving measures, help in dealings with energy suppliers and give guidance on efficient energy usage in the home.

NEA – Warm and Safe Homes Advice Service (WASH) – Free impartial support and advice for vulnerable and low-income customers on energy bills and keeping warm and safe in your home. Click the link for more information or contact them for advice on 0800 304 7159.

The Local Energy Advice Partnership (LEAP) – is another free advice service helping people keep warm and reduce their energy bills.

Southern Water offer help and advice for people struggling to afford water bills, including discounts and support from Southern Water and free, water-saving home visits.

Disabled Facilities Grant – A wide range of help for older and disabled people, including a Warm Safe Homes Grant, as well as grants to help prevent falls and injury in the home and assist hospital discharge. These are all non-repayable grants with a simple application process.

Hospital Discharge Grant – To make a referral or find out more, contact the Hospital Discharge Support team at Possability People on 01273 069851 or

Debt, money and benefit advice

Debt advice services available in Brighton & Hove.

Council information on benefits – from applying to requesting any extra or emergency support.


Chomp Moulsecoomb Cookbook – an amazing local collaboration with tons of recipes, put together by Sean from our Moulsecoomb Chomp.

The Children’s Kitchen – scroll down and click on the images to access full recipe books. Easy, delicious food that kids will enjoy.

Cooking on a Bootstrap – an amazing blog with tons of recipes for cooking on a budget.

Things to get involved with

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership (BHFP) Community Cookery Courses

Hangleton & Knoll Project offer local, affordable groups, activities and support available in the Hangleton and Knoll area. Click here to see what’s available.

Community Services

Community Works – Service directory to help people find local community services.

Request help for you or someone else

Brighton & Hove City Council offer an extensive list of support available from help with food, debt advice, to domestic abuse and violence support.