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FUEL Programme

FUEL is the holiday activity and food programme (HAF) that is funded by the Department of Education. FUEL provides eligible school-aged children with free access to enriching activities, nutritious meals and healthy eating information during the Easter, Summer and Christmas holidays.

The HAF programme is delivered in Wiltshire using the brand FUEL (Food, Unity, Energy, Laughter) and the programme is a direct response to the growing issue of holiday hunger.  

Who is eligible for the FUEL Programme?

The FUEL Programme a bespoke provision for school aged children from reception to year 11 who receive benefit-related free school meals.

Benefits-related free school meals (FSM) are available to pupils if their parents are in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits, and have a claim verified by their school or local authority.

Further information on eligibility for Free school meals.

The FUEL Programme is also available to children that meet any of the below:

  • children that are refugees
  • children that are currently in the care system
  • young carers
  • children that are referred into the programme by a professional service (eg. Local authority, schools, social service)

Summer 2024 Community Funding - Secondary School Age: Years 7 - 11

Applications are now open for grant funding towards activities and food that are specifically for young people who are in Secondary School years 7 - 11. If you are a group or organisation able to offer high quality activities during the school summer holiday, more information can be found in our FUEL 2024 Community Funding information pack (PDF) [5MB] (opens new window) and 2024 Community funding application (PDF) [861KB] (opens new window)

Deadline for funding applications 31 May 2024.

For further enquiries, please email (opens new window).


How do I know if my child is eligible for FUEL activities?

Information about eligibility can be found on the FUEL Programme web page.

My child has Free School Meals in school because they are in Reception Class or a KS1 Class. Are they eligible for FUEL?

No. Your child is only eligible for FUEL if they would be entitled to benefit related Free School Meals. Information about eligibility is on the FUEL Programme web page.

Do I have to sign my child up for every day of the activity programme?

No, you can sign your child up for as many or as few days as you would like for them to attend.

My child has food allergies and/or other dietary requirements. How are these catered for?

Please make sure that you highlight any of these when you complete your child's details. Our food provider can cater for food allergies and intolerances. The information about dietary requirements will be shared with them and activity providers.

I have changed my mind about the activities and dates I have selected for my child. How do I let activity providers know?

You can alter your bookings on the FUEL booking page. Wiltshire Council will pass that information on to activity providers.

My child's medical information details have changed since I set up my account and made bookings. How do I make changes to these?

You can make changes in the FUEL booking system. Any changes you make will be passed to food and activity providers as appropriate.

I booked a place for my child some time ago but it is showing as 'requested'. What does that mean?

It means that the information is still being checked and has not been passed to the activity provider for follow up. The space is still reserved in our system.

Can I book more than one activity per day?

You can only book one activity per day per child.

I am trying to book activities for my child but I cannot see their name when I go into an activity. Why is that?

If your child's name does not appear, then it is probably because you have made changes to their details. You need to access the child's details via the Summary page and re-confirm their details.

I have tried to book my child on to an activity but the ones I am interested are now full. Can I be added to a waiting list?

You can express an interest in an activity that is fully booked, using the booking system. We will contact you if a space becomes available. Please do still book spaces on alternative activities if they are available.

If you have any questions please contact (opens new window).

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