Our family holiday programme starts before Easter each year and runs until October. Families referred to us by frontline care professionals are helped to access a break away from home during this time, and their holiday usually comprises a day trip or a few days away, often in a holiday park by the British seaside.
We always ask for feedback on the breaks we provide so that we can make any necessary adjustments and continually improve on our work.
In 2018, we provided vital breaks to 3,820 struggling families.
More than 8,500 children and 6,000 adults benefited. Based on feedback we found that almost all the children (97%) had new experiences whilst families created happy memories. Importantly, 91% were better able to cope after their break, were more optimistic about the future and 90% had reduced stress and worries – an important and tangible indication of the importance of breaks away from home.
We worked with referrers from 93% of all local authority areas in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
A more complete summary of our findings can be found in our 2018 impact report which can be downloaded here.