PERFORMING ARTS COMPANY OFFERS SUMMER FUN FOR ALL CHILDREN – INCLUDING THOSE ON LOW INCOME

RPA arts fun for ALL
The team at Revolution Performing Arts have joined the national HAF initiative. It’s backed by England footballer Marcus Rashford MBE.

This Holiday Activities & Food project, supported by government funding, is encouraging organisations across the UK to offer free places to children on low income. Families who wouldn’t be able to attend summer camps and sessions if their families had to pay.

Often these families have no spare income and cannot send their children to ‘summer schools’. Sometimes they cannot even afford to feed them. Eligible organisations offering places must commit to provide each child with a delicious meal every day. The places are for any child who receives free school meals.

RPA arts fun for ALL - Fiona Da Silva Adams
Commercial, PR portrait of Fiona Da Silva-Adams owner of Revolution Performing Arts based in Swindon, Wiltshire. Images taken by Barbara Leatham Photography on July 22nd 2020.

HAF places in the borough and beyond

RPA founder Fi Da Silva Adams, signed up for the project via Swindon Council. She’ll offer HAF places in all RPA’s summer activities in Swindon, Wroughton and Shrivenham.

‘Our ethos at RPA is one of inclusivity. Poverty/low income shouldn’t exclude anyone from something they enjoy. I know what that feels like. I was one of those children who had free school meals and who had to take my ‘token’ and hand it over to get food. Because of that I know what that sense of exclusion and disadvantage feels like.

These places mean that those children who wouldn’t have been able to join us before due to lack of funds now can.

Summer fun sessions

RPA is staging summer fun sessions for children aged four to 11 years. The sessions will offer them opportunities to dance, sing and act across Swindon, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. The HAF places are available for children who live in the Swindon Council area who are currently receiving free school meals.

The HAF project runs from July 26 to August 31 across the UK. It relates to activities provided by registered organisations recognised by their local authorities as offering credible summer activities for children from four years up to age 18. RPA’s activities are available for children aged four to 11.

‘Children have lost so much over the last year,’ Fi said. ‘Children need to meet and they need to have fun. We’ve designed every session with care to include green spaces so we can enjoy activities indoors and outdoors in safety.’

RPA will run sessions in singing, dancing, acting, song writing, theatre, arts & crafts, den building, outdoor water fun and more.

The sessions begin on July 26 to August 27 at four venues:

1. Lower Shaw Farm, West Swindon
2. Pineholt Village Centre, Hucclecotte, Gloucester
3. Legge House, Wroughton
4. Shrivenham Memorial Hall

Dates for each venue are available on RPA’s website: https://revolutionpa.co.uk

How to apply

Any parent who wishes to apply for a HAF placement for their child at the Swindon, Wroughton or Shrivenham venues can do it by applying via this link: www.swindon.gov.uk/HAF

If they get accepted they’ll get a unique HAF code. They can then use that to book onto RPA’s summer workshops at:
 https://revolutionpa.co.uk/holiday-fun-performing-arts-workshops/

Fi founded Revolution Performing Arts in 2007. Thee team have been running online sessions throughout all lockdowns. All RPA teachers are DBS checked, trained in first aid and receive training in safeguarding protocols.

RPA specialises in empowering young people to celebrate their individuality through the power of performing arts. For more information visit https://revolutionpa.co.uk