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New Record – more than 3,000 families helped in 2015

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 We have hit a record of helping more families in one year than ever before. In 2014 we enabled 2,872 struggling families to access a much-needed break. This year, we have already surpassed that figure, with more than 3,000 families helped. And we hope to help even more families before the year is over! The... Read more »
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Glasgow City Council joins the Holidays Matter network

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Speaking at the City Chambers on Thursday 25 June Cllr. Stephen Curran said “As Executive Member for Education and Young People I am committing the Council to signing up to support the Holidays Matter network. Given that our schools broke up for the summer holiday period on Wednesday afternoon, I thought it was an excellent... Read more »

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 »
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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 »