Family Holiday Association
For nearly 40 years, the Family Holiday Association has been working to provide short breaks for the most needy families in our community. The charity helps families in desperate circumstances:
those dealing with bereavement, poverty, chronic illness, inadequate housing, or domestic violence.
The chance to enjoy a break away from the stresses of daily life is something that many of us take for granted, but thousands of UK children have never had the chance to enjoy a holiday.
Typically, a family granted a break spends a week staying in a caravan in a UK seaside town. We have found that these simple holidays can have a positive effect on mental health, help strengthen relationships within the family and give family members a fresh perspective, providing them with the motivation to make positive changes to their lives.
All of the families we help are living in poverty and many are struggling to cope with additional issues such as poor housing, bereavement, family break-up, chronic illness or domestic violence. Families are referred to us by welfare agents such as GPs, social workers and teachers, or other charities such as Barnardo's and the NSPCC.
“My heart melts when I hear the youngest daughter talking about the fun she had on this holiday. There is very little fun in her life.”
- Welfare agent, Darlington