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DNA's Holiday Activities and Food Provision

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Summer Programme for 2024:

Thanks to the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Holiday Activity and Food Fund DNA, are able to bring to you our FIRST EVER Summer Programme.

Week One: Monday 29 July - Thursday 1 August 2024
OR
Week Two: Monday 5 - Thursday 8 August 2024
Venue: Dagenham Park School, Leisure Centre, School Road, RM10 9QH

For ages: 5-16 years
Timings differ for age groups:
For 5-7 years: 09:15 - 15:30
For 8-11 years: 09:15 - 15:30
For 12-16 years: 09:30 - 14:30

Join us for an electrifying summer experience in our dynamic dance workshops led by professional artists! Whether you choose week one or week two, you'll dive into specialist sessions on cutting-edge topics like dance and technology, unleash your creativity in thrilling choreographic projects, and dazzle your loved ones in a special performance at week's end. With additional activities focused on wellbeing and nutrition, this is your chance to dance, create, and thrive like never before—don't miss out!
Lunch and refreshments are included.

We have space for 90 eligible children and young people
aged 5 - 16 years.

Spaces are free of charge for young people who fit ALL the criteria below

1. Live or go to school in Barking and Dagenham
AND
2. Your Family is on benefits-related Free School Meals and/or receives additional benefits and can show DNA evidence of this when applying

We have limited paid spaces for those who do not qualify - but get in quick as we are filling up FAST! (£30.00 per child/ward)

Please note you can only sign your child/ward up for 1 week to allow everyone to attend. Our programme will be fully accessible, offering activities, breakout spaces, sensory areas, and one-on-one support, ensuring every child feels valued.

To register your child / wards interest please click our page: Book Online


Easter Programme 2024

We're thrilled to share the wonderful impact of our Holiday Activity and Food Programmes (HAF) this Easter Delivery 2024! Thanks to the generous support from the Department for Education, families across the nation are enjoying enriching activities and nutritious meals during the school holidays.

At DNA, we're proud to compliment the fantastic efforts of our suppliers in the HAF activities, including supporting Colchester United Community Foundation. It's been an absolute delight to bring the joy of dance to Easter Schools in the North of Essex. Our talented dance artist, Maisy Ritchie, said, "I really enjoyed delivering the sessions today! The engagement from the group was fantastic, and even the Colchester United team joined in, making it an unforgettable experience for everyone involved."

We're doubly excited as we celebrate our second year of hosting activities in Barking and Dagenham (LBBD). With generous support from LBBD, we've curated an inclusive programme filled with dance, crafting, nutrition, and wellbeing activities. We are proud that our programme is inclusive, offering, in addition to the activities, breakout spaces, sensory areas, and one-on-one support, ensuring that every child feels valued and included throughout the week.

These initiatives make a difference, offering opportunities beyond traditional education settings, especially for those who may have never experienced dance before or face financial barriers to such activities.
We love what we do, and if you're a supplier looking to infuse some creativity into your HAF Summer School in Essex or London, please reach out! We thank @Londonboroughofbarkinganddagenham and @ColchesterUnitedCommunityFoundation Teams for their unwavering support and trust in us. Just look at the smiles on the children's faces and some of their Easter Egg Feedback — pure joy!

Let's keep spreading positivity and making a difference together!

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