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FREE SCHOOL MEAL ELIGIBILITY in manchester

Manchester Active and Manchester City Council are offering hundreds of FREE places for children eligible for benefit related free school meals to access a variety of activities over the school holiday periods.
 
Activities will range from Sport and Physical Activities, Arts and Crafts and sometimes can include a variety of Day Trips. Funded by the Department of Education.
 
In addition to the activities, each booked place will include a FREE meal during the day.
 
Eligibility checks are going to change in 2024 and the registration system will automatically recognise those who are eligible, with a code no longer being issued.
 
Currently all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 can get free school meals whatever your income. But, if you receive one of the qualifying incomes (see below) you will need to register for benefit related free school meals in order for the registration system to recognise that your child is eligible for a school holiday activity place.
 

scroll down to FIND OUT MORE AND see a full list of holiday activities 


In order to book your place, users are required to have a Manchester Active Go account. Manchester Active Go is a new way to manage your health and activity across Manchester and will facilitate your bookings for sessions you’re interested in. If you have not created an account you will not be able to book any activities. 

To create your account, please CLICK HERE and follow the advised steps.

Once your account is set up, please scroll to the bottom of the page, or use our Activity Finder and follow the below steps to book your space:

1. Search by Category
2. Select ‘MCR Holiday Activity’
3. Enter Postcode >______< – Search within 1 Mile
4. Organised Holiday Activity Classes
5. View Results as List
6. Scroll & Select the Activity – Book Now
7. The system will automatically show all eligible participants on your account

Your child may qualify for free school meals if you get any of the following:
 
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- The guaranteed part of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (if your annual gross income is £16,190 or less and you don’t get Working Tax Credit)
- Working Tax Credit run-off after you come off Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit that you applied for on, or after, 1 April 2018. As long as your household income is less than £7,400 a year after tax, not including any benefits
- You may also qualify if you are an asylum seeker, or if a child receives any of these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian.
 

In order for the system to automatically check your child’s eligibility for free holiday activities you need to make sure that your Go account is up to date and all your information is correct.
 
The system will automatically run checks against your child’s;
- Surname
- Forename
- DOB
- Postcode
 
It is very important that all this information is correct and up to date.

To create a Manchester Active Go account, click here

GET INVOLVED AT THESE LOCATIONS

Activity Name Time Place

Holiday Activity Camp - North City Family And Fitness Centre

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better Uk ManchesterAvailable Spaces 15
MCRactive PARTNER

Tuesdays 10:00 - 14:00

Next SessionsTuesday 02/04/2024
Minimum Age 8Maximum Age 14

Harpurhey Leisure Centre,
Upper Conran Street,
Manchester,
Manchester,
M9 4DA

Distance 2.73 Miles Away

N-gage Holiday Playscheme

Next SessionsSession Delivered by N-gageAvailable Spaces 34
MCRactive PARTNER

Tuesdays 10:30 - 14:30

Next SessionsTuesday 02/04/2024
Minimum Age 5Maximum Age 11

Ladybarn Community Centre/hub,
Royle Street,
Manchester,
Manchester,
M14 6RN

Distance 3.14 Miles Away

Holiday Activity Camp - North City Family And Fitness Centre

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better Uk ManchesterAvailable Spaces 15
MCRactive PARTNER

Wednesdays 10:00 - 14:00

Next SessionsWednesday 03/04/2024
Minimum Age 8Maximum Age 14

Harpurhey Leisure Centre,
Upper Conran Street,
Manchester,
Manchester,
M9 4DA

Distance 2.73 Miles Away

N-gage Holiday Playscheme

Next SessionsSession Delivered by N-gageAvailable Spaces 37
MCRactive PARTNER

Wednesdays 10:30 - 14:30

Next SessionsWednesday 03/04/2024
Minimum Age 5Maximum Age 11

Ladybarn Community Centre/hub,
Royle Street,
Manchester,
Manchester,
M14 6RN

Distance 3.14 Miles Away

Holiday Activity Camp - North City Family And Fitness Centre

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better Uk ManchesterAvailable Spaces 15
MCRactive PARTNER

Thursdays 10:00 - 14:00

Next SessionsThursday 04/04/2024
Minimum Age 8Maximum Age 14

Harpurhey Leisure Centre,
Upper Conran Street,
Manchester,
Manchester,
M9 4DA

Distance 2.73 Miles Away

N-gage Holiday Playscheme

Next SessionsSession Delivered by N-gageAvailable Spaces 37
MCRactive PARTNER

Thursdays 10:30 - 14:30

Next SessionsThursday 04/04/2024
Minimum Age 5Maximum Age 11

Ladybarn Community Centre/hub,
Royle Street,
Manchester,
Manchester,
M14 6RN

Distance 3.14 Miles Away

Holiday Activity Camp - North City Family And Fitness Centre

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Better Uk ManchesterAvailable Spaces 15
MCRactive PARTNER

Fridays 10:00 - 14:00

Next SessionsFriday 05/04/2024
Minimum Age 8Maximum Age 14

Harpurhey Leisure Centre,
Upper Conran Street,
Manchester,
Manchester,
M9 4DA

Distance 2.73 Miles Away

N-gage Holiday Playscheme

Next SessionsSession Delivered by N-gageAvailable Spaces 37
MCRactive PARTNER

Fridays 10:30 - 14:30

Next SessionsFriday 05/04/2024
Minimum Age 5Maximum Age 11

Ladybarn Community Centre/hub,
Royle Street,
Manchester,
Manchester,
M14 6RN

Distance 3.14 Miles Away

Wellbeing Wonders

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Z-artsAvailable Spaces 24
MCRactive PARTNER

Tuesdays 10:00 - 15:30

Next SessionsTuesday 09/04/2024
Minimum Age 6Maximum Age 11

The Zion Arts Centre Ltd,
335 Stretford Road,
Hulme,
Manchester,
Manchester,
M15 5ZA

Distance 0.94 Miles Away

Wellbeing Wonders

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Z-artsAvailable Spaces 24
MCRactive PARTNER

Wednesdays 10:00 - 15:30

Next SessionsWednesday 10/04/2024
Minimum Age 6Maximum Age 11

The Zion Arts Centre Ltd,
335 Stretford Road,
Hulme,
Manchester,
Manchester,
M15 5ZA

Distance 0.94 Miles Away

Wellbeing Wonders

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Z-artsAvailable Spaces 24
MCRactive PARTNER

Thursdays 10:00 - 15:30

Next SessionsThursday 11/04/2024
Minimum Age 6Maximum Age 11

The Zion Arts Centre Ltd,
335 Stretford Road,
Hulme,
Manchester,
Manchester,
M15 5ZA

Distance 0.94 Miles Away

Wellbeing Wonders

Next SessionsSession Delivered by Z-artsAvailable Spaces 24
MCRactive PARTNER

Fridays 10:00 - 15:30

Next SessionsFriday 12/04/2024
Minimum Age 6Maximum Age 11

The Zion Arts Centre Ltd,
335 Stretford Road,
Hulme,
Manchester,
Manchester,
M15 5ZA

Distance 0.94 Miles Away