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School Holiday Enrichment Programme (SHEP)

Food and Fun

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What is SHEP?

The SHEP is a school-based programme that provides healthy meals, food and nutrition education, physical activity and enrichment sessions to children in areas of social deprivation during the summer holidays. ‘Food and Fun’ is the brand identity used at a local level to promote the clubs to children and families.

Working Together Food and Fun - Click here

In 2016 the WLGA piloted the SHEP model nationally in 10 schools, working with 5 local authorities and 3 local health boards. Cardiff University provided the evaluation and recommended ‘Further scaling up of the model to understand the educational and health benefits to children and their families in different contexts.’ The Welsh Government part funded the programme in 2017 to 38 clubs in 12 local authorities and all 7 local health boards. Continued Welsh Government funding has enabled the programme to grow to 77 schemes in 21 local authorities offering nearly 4,000 places to pupils in 2019. 

To see the schools involved click here


Why is SHEP needed?

During the school holidays, when Free Breakfast in Primary Schools and Free School Meals are not available, some families struggle to afford or access food that provides a healthy diet. Some children also experience social isolation and a lack of intellectual stimulation, normally provided by school or family enrichment activities, and this may contribute to widening the attainment gap.


What are the main benefits of SHEP?

The clubs make children more active

Improvements in children’s diets

Making new friends and having fun

Learning and engagement with school

Helps parents meet the costs of school holidays

Improving parents’ health and well-being

Parents learn new skills

Involves the whole family

Facilitates collaboration between agencies

Involves children in decision making

Makes better use of existing facilities

Encourages community engagement

Offers paid and voluntary employmen

Signposts to other service


How can I find out more?

The SHEP has received attention from numerous politicians, councillors, local authorities, local health boards, head teachers, school governors, agencies and parents. For more information see Miss Martin in school.