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On The Table Read, the “Best Entertainment Celebrity Magazine in the UK“, Revolution Performing Arts launches HAF programme for those on low income in Swindon this summer. Founder Fi Da Silva Adams remembers her childhood relying on free school meals. As an abuse survivor, dancing was her escape and now she is giving back.

Revolution Performing Arts (RPA) – one of the South West’s leading performing arts companies for children and young people – has been supporting the Holiday Activity and Food Programme (HAF) launched last year by celebrity footballer, Marcus Rashford MBE.

Laura Barnes, artistic director of RPA Rapport CIC and Fi Da Silva Adams founder of RPA. Photograph taken by Helen Richmond of Helen Richmond Photography on The Table Read
Laura Barnes, artistic director of RPA Rapport CIC and Fi Da Silva Adams founder of RPA. Photograph taken by Helen Richmond of Helen Richmond Photography

Founder Fi Da Silva Adams has found the scheme so successful that her team are offering support to families in hardship this summer too.

HAF Programme

The Government’s £220 million HAF programme has been available to councils across the country to run the programmes locally through various holiday clubs. Thousands of young people have already benefited and those clubs must commit to provide nutritious food as well as activities like arts and crafts, sport and music to the children who would normally get free school meals during term time. RPA is the only performing arts company in Swindon offering the programme.

Fi Da Silva Adams, said: “We piloted this programme for one week over the Christmas holidays last year. It was so successful that we ran it again for a week over Easter. The take-up was incredible – we welcomed over 70 young girls and boys who came to enjoy fun performing arts activities and a free hot meal. Without this support they may not have had this opportunity.”

Revolution Performing Arts

The activities offered in the HAF programme at RPA were singing, dancing, acting, circus and physical theatre workshops, arts and crafts, loom bands, den building, Nerf guns and outdoor activities.

 RPA leader and pastoral support worker Patricia Harewood with young participant Favour Nyamekye-Antwi on The Table Read
RPA leader and pastoral support worker Patricia Harewood with young participant Favour Nyamekye-Antwi

“School holidays can be a particularly difficult time for some families due to increased food and childcare costs and reduced incomes,” explained Fi. “It can mean that families struggle to provide food and activities for children. I believe Revolution Performing Arts is the only performing arts group taking part in this programme in Swindon/Wiltshire (?) and we are thrilled to be a part of this important Government initiative.”

Activities in August

RPA plans to offer the HAF programme again for four weeks in August. The same fun activities will be available plus some extra outdoor activities to enjoy being with nature. HAF is available for children who receive benefits-related free school meals.

“With Covid-19 having affected so many young people’s mental health, our young boys and girls need to feel great now, so I am doing all I can,” said Fi who is very passionate about the scheme as she had free school meals as a child and often felt stigmatised by it.

The HAF Programme is held at The Croft Primary School in Swindon and at Even Swindon Community Centre. All the RPA leaders have enhanced DBS police checks and have received full safe-guarding and first aid training. 

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To register an interest in booking, please contact RPA at: https://revolutionpa.co.uk or email office@revolutionpa.co.uk.

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