News Archive

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside…

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Guided walks took place in nine seaside locations around Britain with local families and children, holidaymakers and more experienced walkers, taking part. Participants learnt about famous landmarks, the history of the local areas and how the charity supports struggling families who are in desperate need of a break. Local Mayors and dignitaries attended various walks,... Read more »
40 years

It’s our 40th Anniversary today!

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The origins of the charity can be traced back to Southend-on-Sea, when the founders Joan and Patrick Laurance were offered their own much-needed break. The Laurance’s, who were going through a difficult time, were invited to stay in Southend at the house of a friend who was going away. The break away from home gave... Read more »
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First Laurance Paper launched

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Commissioned in 2013 from Dr Scott McCabe of Nottingham University, the study investigates current trends in Europe and elsewhere. It analyses how social tourism already works in practice, with a comparative analysis of all 28 EU countries. It goes into more detail with case studies from Spain, France, Italy and Belgium, and outside the EU... Read more »

Ruth Rendell

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Ruth Rendell (1930 – 2015) author and patron of the Family Holiday Association Ruth Rendell died on 2 May and her life has, over the past few days, been the subject of many glowing obituaries that celebrated her almost 50 years of writing. But what many people didn’t realise was her commitment to a wide... Read more »

A simple break helps people get back into work

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New research on social tourism from Nottingham University Business School has examined the links between holiday breaks and improvements in attitudes towards unemployment and job search behaviours. Konstantinos Kakoudakis, a PhD student at Nottingham University, was a regular visitor to the charity’s offices while he worked on the research for his thesis. The study, conducted... Read more »
Holidays Matter

Putting Social Tourism on the map

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Earlier this month, at the World Travel Market, we launched the Holidays Matter network at our third annual Holidays Matter conference. Since 2012, we have brought together the tourism and travel industries to brainstorm, debate and collectively work towards promoting the benefit of tourism for everyone. Through the network, we aim to work with a... Read more »
Holidays Matter

Holidays Matter network launched at WTM 2014

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The Holidays Matter network was formally launched today at the third annual Holidays Matter Conference hosted at the World Travel Market (WTM) event in London. The network will, for the first time, provide a framework for organisations who believe that every single person in this country should have the opportunity for a break away from... Read more »

Charity President speaks out!

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In a speech given to the Holidays Matter conference at World Travel Market in London, Peter Long spoke of the millions of children and parents who could not afford a break each year and called for the Government to assess public spending to help those people. Peter Long, Chief Executive of TUI Travel PLC, one... Read more »
Akaroa Unveiled

A new addition – Akaroa

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Thank you to our generous, long-term supporter Kim Maidment, for helping us grow the number of Family Holiday Association caravans to 14. We collect many stories each year; most are from the families we help but every so often we receive a story from those who help us. In memory of her late husband, Philip... Read more »

Barnados report sparks media interest

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The children’s’ charity, Barnardos, launched a report on the numbers of children missing out on a day trip to the seaside which resulted in a great deal of media interest. The Family Holiday Association’s director John McDonald was interviewed by BBC local radio for his comments on the report. Listen to the report here. Here... Read more »