Community Leader

“We’re now doing more things as a family”Community learner

Mum Hayley and her two children managed to escape domestic violence, but were left with long-lasting mental scars.

Hayley is now determined to help her children make the most of their lives, so she has been studying hard in an attempt to finally gain some qualifications. She’s also been volunteering to try to gain employment. Hayley has done so well that she recently won a county award for ‘Community Learner of the Year’.

The family’s support worker got in touch with our charity in the hope of building on this momentum and giving the children a chance to enjoy new experiences. So we arranged a three-night break for the family at Haven’s Reighton Sands holiday park in Yorkshire.

On their return, Hayley told us: “It was nice to get away because the children deserved it after a tough year. It was great being at the beach, and letting the children blow off steam and really enjoy themselves.

Community leader“The break has helped us to cope better, and has reduced stress and worries. The children seem to be getting along better, and after taking part in the entertainment at the holiday park, we’re now doing more things as a family. I’d like to thank everyone who made our break possible.”

Support worker Jackie told us: “This was such a great experience for the family. It has really helped to reward them for all the hard work they’ve been through. They are now less stressed and happier. It’s a fantastic result.”

Research conducted by the University of Westminster has found that holidays have significant individual, family and societal benefits, such as increased self-esteem, improved mental health, better family relationships, and more positive attitudes towards education, employment and society.

This is a true story published with the family’s consent. Names and some other details have been changed to protect confidentiality.