Support for children and young people this summer

The summer holidays are almost here and although this is a time many young people look forward to, we understand that others may be feeling worried and in need of some extra support.

We’ve created a list of useful services and activities which offer support for children and young people throughout the summer.

Self-care activities

The Anna Freud Centre has lots of self-care activities to help young people look after their mental health. They also recommend useful self-help apps and discuss different types of support.


Kooth, a free online mental health and wellbeing support service, is available all throughout the summer. The website is available 24/7, and counselling is available 12-10pm on weekdays and 6-10pm on weekends.

HAF Fun Pompey

Portsmouth City Council’s Holiday, Activities and Food (HAF) programme is running from Monday 25 July until Friday 26 August. Activities include sports, theatre and film making.

There are funded HAF spaces for children aged 5-16 who are eligible for free school meals, and there are also some paid for spaces available.

Summer Stories sessions

Home Start Portsmouth is running free Summer Stories sessions from Tuesday 26 July until Tuesday 30 August. Each session will be centred around a different book with activities to match the theme.

The sessions are designed for 0-5-year-olds, but older siblings are welcome to come along too.


Find out more about mental health support for children and young people.