Isolation is a problem at any time
Isolation is the experience of being separated from others. It may result from being physically separated or from being emotionally removed from a community.
Does that sound at all familiar?
For 42% of the families we helped last year, isolation is a daily battle even without the social distancing measures currently in place to keep us all safe.
For parents with school age children, the closing of schools adds extra pressure. Our research How Was Your Summer, published in September last year laid bare the challenges faced by many of the struggling families we aim to help.
As one referrer noted:
“A majority of children face loneliness and isolation (during school holidays), particularly those enduring bullying or living in deprivation.”
We know that getting a break away from the daily challenges can make a significant difference. Our recent long term impact study revealed that 84% of families are less isolated and more able to engage in their communities up to 14 months after their Family Holiday Association break.
Our work makes a lasting difference to the lives of some of the most deprived families in the country. As one mum said:
“With all the difficulties I have happening in my day to day life, I am proud of myself for taking my son away. It was the best feeling in the world. It made me realise that there is a bigger world out there and I don’t have to be stuck at home. I left knowing who I was and what I am capable of. It has given me more confidence.”
At the current time it is vital that we all follow the government advice to stay at home and observe social distancing.
When we are on the other side of this crisis, there will be many more families in urgent need of a break who would be unable to access one for themselves. We will make sure we are still here and ready to support them.
As a charity whose mission relies on travel, COVID-19 will significantly affect the Family Holiday Association in 2020 – as it will many areas of our national life. Yet we know that we will be needed more than ever once things get back to normal. Your support now will help us be ready.
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