School holidays - Free activities, food and help for families

Free Activities:

Free, open access, summer play schemes: In Townhill Park, Harefield, Shirley, Millbrook, Woolston, and Weston. For children aged 5 and over. For more information, contact Southampton’s Children’s Play Association

Phone: 023 8043 3086 Email: [email protected]

Connect 4 Summer – Itchen College: Free holiday activities and food for 4 weeks in the summer holidays at Monday 29th July 2019 through to Friday 23rd August 2019 10-3pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the day. Each family can have maximum of 8 days. Range of activities will be sport, craft, cooking, fun specialists, dancing, martial arts, woodwork and so much more. Everyone gets a 2-course hot meal included and the opportunity to bring food home each day.

To book, phone 023 9248 9811 or complete the booking form on page 2 and Email to mailto:[email protected]

Free Food:

Dipnics: Every Thursday in August at Daisy Dip - Saints Foundation will be there from 1-4pm and free food between 3-5pm.

Kendal Kaff during the 6 weeks holidays are offering breakfasts for £1 from 07.30-10.30am.
96 Kendal Avenue, Millbrook, SO16 9LY.

Lunch Club - Thornhill Only:

FREE 2 COURSE MEAL for children every day Mon-Fri during the school holiday, freshly cooked at the Highpoint Venue Kitchen.

Starting Tuesday 30th July – Friday 30th August. Limited places available on a first come, first served basis. Book early to avoid disappointment. 

Phone Mike on 023 8161 9191 or Email: [email protected]

Please note.

  • Parents MUST provide proof of free school meals and the family MUST live in Thornhill.
  • Parents will need to register their child/ren at Highpoint before Tuesday 30th
  • Agencies can check availability with Mike throughout August.

The Good Grub Club
will run from 10.30am-1pm Tuesdays only from 30th July through 27th August at the Colne Avenue Baptist Church.

For more information, Email: [email protected] or  Phone: 07967 792349.

A few schools have written to families at the end of the year and included reference to support for feeding children in the holidays - families should check these newsletters.

A number of faith groups across the city provide meals and other family support and they may be able to help - please contact your local faith centre for more details. 

Help for Families

Families with young children: Sure Start provide a range of support for families with children under 5.

Find advice: There are a range of organisations in the city who can support and advise families in crisis:

Check benefit entitlement:  See what benefits you are entitled to claim.


Basics Bank:  This is an emergency food and clothing project, providing help for people to get through short-term crises, emergencies and problems they encounter. It cannot be accessed directly so families will need to be referred by an agency. Carers in Southampton are referral agents for SCM’s Basics Bank for emergency food and clothing. 

We can refer you using an e-voucher that you can use at any of their Basics Bank venues. 

Phone one of our link workers on 023 8058 2387.

            Food Banks (Referral Only)

  • Monday 10am-3pm: Above Bar Church, Ogle Road
  • Tuesday 10am-3pm: St Mary's Church, St Monica Road, Sholing
  • Wednesday 10am-3pm: Old Chemist, Bitterne Triangle
  • Thursday 10am-3pm: Swaythling Methodist Church, Burgess Road
  • Friday 10am-3pm: Lord's Hill Church, Lordshill District Centre

            Clothing Bank (Referral Only)

  • Wednesday 10am-3pm: Ascension Church, Bitterne Park

Help with Emergency Essentials: If covering food costs has created pressure on other parts of the household budget it may be worth checking out other help that is available:

Children in Need Emergency Essentials: (you will need to register to make a referral)

Local Welfare Line/Local Welfare Provision: The Southampton Welfare Line 023 8001 0883 is available from Monday to Friday 10am - 12:30pm and 1:30pm - 4pm.  This service can assist by providing information about support available locally. Support may also be given (depending on family circumstances) to make a one-off referral to Basic Bank or help with emergency utility key meter top-up.

School Uniform Costs: The Wulfris Education Foundation may be able to help some families with school clothing, books and equipment (children in poverty resident in Southampton). Email: [email protected]

Borrowing Money:

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