Resources and ideas to help HAF providers incorporate reading, storytelling and story-making into their activity programmes

The Hampshire HAF team has developed an idea that providers might like to make use of. Providers may like to work with either an author or illustrator to deliver a project along the following lines. This idea is intended to be fun and creative and therefore we are open to providers delivering this in any reasonable way.

The idea is that, by the end of the summer scheme, participants have produced a creative story-making work in which they describe their experience of participating in HAF and the impact participation has had on them. This could take the form of a booklet, performance piece, comic, graphic novel, storyboards, animation, audio-visual work or similar. Any form is acceptable as long as you can send it to the HAF team at the end of your scheme. We are hoping that we will be able to include samples in reports on the Hampshire HAF Programme, including potentially to the Department for Education as part of our end of programme report.

Please bear in mind that you should avoid using actual images of participants although we would very much like you to capture the ‘voice’ of the child. If you use IT please be sure to consider eSafety.

If you would like to involve an author in your programme you can find names in the list of authors or list of poets or on websites such as Authors Aloud or Artful Scribe.

Scheme providers are recommended to contact Hampshire Libraries who can provide collections of books for loan to enable story sessions to take place. Some libraries may be able to provide a staff member to deliver a story session (charges may apply). Hampshire Libraries has produced a video of story-telling tips.

The Book Trust also have useful resources on their website for older children. If you would like to deliver this as part of your scheme and would welcome some support, please email