In 2020, we weren’t able to provide breaks because of the Coranavirus pandemic. This means, we don’t have graphs and data to share about the impact of our work in year. Now breaks are back, we’re able to start collecting data again and will have more to share with you soon.
Our family holiday programme starts before Easter each year and runs until the end of the year. 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 2019, we provided vital breaks to 4,821 struggling families. That’s an increase of 26% compared to 2018.
More than 10,600 children and 7,800 adults benefited. Based on feedback we found that almost all the children (97%) had new experiences and created happy memories. Importantly, 92% were better able to cope after their break, the same number had reduced stress and worries and 91% were more optimistic about the future and – an important and tangible indication of the importance of breaks away from home.
We worked with referrers from 88% of all local authority areas in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
To read and download our full impact report for 2019, click here.
We have also been assessing the longer term impact of our breaks. The research demonstrates the lasting impact a break away from home can have on challenges facing families such as isolation, mental wellbeing and poor school attendance. Read more and download the full report here.