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Council to provide meals payment and holiday lunch and activities programme this summer

Posted on 21 Jun 2023

North Ayrshire Council’s free holiday school meals and activities programme is returning to a community venue near you!

Taking place throughout July, the programme provides a lunch for eligible families and a load of fun and games.

All families eligible for free school meals based on low income, will also receive the direct cash payment for the entire summer holiday period (£2.05 per weekday, per eligible child/young person).

As part of this summer’s programme, pupils can come along to their local participating community centre to catch up with their friends, enjoy a tasty lunch and take part in some fantastic free activities as the programme returns this summer break.

Available to both primary and secondary pupils who are currently eligible for assessed-need free school meals*, the lunch sessions will take place from Monday 3 July until Friday 28 July (11.30am -1.30pm) at the following venues unless stated otherwise.

 3 Towns Locality

Whitlees Community Centre –(Lunch collection only for 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th & 14th July from Ardrossan Youth Centre. No programme or lunch on 6th July.  Full programme on other days)

Argyle Community Centre

Hayocks Community Centre


Irvine Locality

Fullarton Community Hub

Vineburgh Community Centre

Youth Legacy Centre

Castlepark Community Centre

Springside Community Centre

Towerlands Community Centre

Greenwood Academy

Dreghorn Townend Community Centre



Love Hall

Nethermains Community Centre


North Coast Locality

Largs Thistle, Barrfields

West Kilbride Community Centre

Skelmorlie Library – Monday, Wednesday & Thursday (12pm lunch & activity)

Fairlie Library – Tuesday & Friday (12.30pm lunch pick up only)


Garnock Valley Locality

Bridgend Community Centre

Dalry Scout Hall

Beith Astro



High School – Activities Tues, Thurs & Friday. Packed lunches available every day for pick up. 11am-1pm



Millport library – Monday, Tuesday and Friday 1pm-2.15pm. Lunch at Garrison Café


For more information on participating community venues, opening times and contact details visit: https://www.north-ayrshire.gov.uk/education-and-learning/school-meals/holiday-school-meals.aspx

Councillor Shaun Macaulay, Cabinet Member for Education said: “We are delighted to be offering this initiative over the summer.

“We recognise how difficult the summer holidays can be for some families, particularly in the current economic climate, and hope that it helps many people during the holidays.

“A big thanks once again to our community partners for their support in helping us deliver the programme.”

*The holiday club programme is for those who have an assessed eligibility for free school meals based on low income. It is not for pupils who are part of the universal free school meals provision (however, if these pupils are attending their local club with friends, the community venue staff will welcome them).