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Summer of Hope

Find out what activities are on offer

Children and young people across Highland will have access to free playful, creative and engaging experiences over the summer.

The Scottish Government has announced £20m nationally to help us 'Get Into Summer' as part of the recovery from Covid-19. Supported by this funding, we want to help our children, young people and families to get outdoors and confidently socialise and re-connect after a challenging year around COVID-19. Our children and young people chose the name 'Summer of Hope' for our summer project. 

We are working with a range of Partners to build an offering of free summer experiences for children and young people as part of our Summer of Hope. Our Partners include Eden Court, Youth Highland, High Life Highland, Health and Life Sciences Centre UHI, CALA, Fèis Rois, and Partners through Highland Third Sector Interface.

The activities on offer across Highland include music, dance, football, arts and crafts, outdoor activities, writing workshops, messy play, day trips and golf. There will be snacks available at activities in case you work up a hunger!

Some activities will be available to all families across the Authority, while others may only be available to priority families – those in receipt of Free School Meals, children with disabilities or Additional Support Needs, care experienced children and young people or young carers.

The offer of the programme will not be identical across the Authority. However, every effort will be made to meet more of the specific needs of pupils by planning for experiences to reflect the unique cultural and economic profile of each local area.

Keep an eye on our social media channels and on this webpage for further details which we will continue to share over the coming weeks.

The Highlands has so much on offer which is free and fun by going outside and playing!

Third sector partners - if you have access to an indoor or outdoor venue, then please contact miriam.macdonald@highland.gov.uk to see whether we can partner with you too!