School Holiday Enrichment Programme (SHEP)

Children eating sandwiches in after school club

School Holiday Enrichment Programme (SHEP)

Children and teacher eating snack

School Holiday Enrichment Programme (SHEP)

Children playing with tyres in school playground

School Holiday Enrichment Programme

SHEP ‘Food and Fun’

‘Working together to help schools feed children, promote healthy living and provide social learning experiences during the school holidays’

SHEP ‘Food and Fun’ is a school-based programme providing healthy meals, food and nutrition education, physical activity and enrichment sessions to children in areas of deprivation during the summer holidays.

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.

Main benefits of SHEP

  1. Make children more active
  2. Improvements in children’s diets
  3. Making new friends and having fun
  4. Learning and engagement with school
  5. Helps parents meet the costs of school holidays
  6. Improving parents’ health and wellbeing
  7. Parents learn new skills
  8. Involves the whole family
  9. Facilitates collaboration between agencies
  10. Involves children in decision making
  11. Makes better use of existing facilities
  12. Encourages community engagement
  13. Offers paid and voluntary employment
  14. Signposts to other services

How can I find out more?

Each local authority will have a steering group and SHEP Coordinator. Please contact Christina Powdrill, National SHEP Coordinator at the WLGA for more details on 029 2046 8678 or

The staff at the office dealing with emails and phone calls are very prompt in answering questions and getting back in touch. I'm very impressed by their work ethic and how kind they are to speak to. I whole heartily thank you very much for your support so far.
Posted by Parent, from Carmarthenshire
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