It’s so easy to donate a break
Our new booking system is helping us give breaks to more families than ever before…
Our aim is to double the number of families offered a break annually by the end of 2020.
And organisations are helping us by donating breaks.
Earlier this year we launched our brand new booking system – we’re now well into the 21st century!
Our role is to connect families with breaks, via referrers.
All the families we help are referred by somebody already working with them – such as a teacher, social worker or another charity. Part of our job is to make it as quick and simple as possible for them to find a break that suits the family they are working with.
It’s just as easy for us to manage tickets, transport and accommodation.
This has revolutionised the way that we work and the number and type of breaks we can offer.
We’ve made it as easy as possible for organisations to donate accommodation, transport or attraction tickets, to reach those who need it most.
Spotlight on YHA
How YHA donate short breaks to help families
One of the organisations we work with is YHA. They help transform young people’s lives through travel and adventure by providing places to stay and explore.
In August we teamed up with YHA to pilot Family Activity Camps. YHA donated the breaks to us, and we were able to give short breaks to groups of families at YHA Edale.
The trips were an opportunity for families from inner-city areas to be active together in the countryside, to have fun in learning when taking part in activities and to connect with other families on the break.
“This type of partnership work is what makes YHA one of the largest outdoor recreation charities in the UK. By teaming up with the Family Holiday Association [and Venus] we can ensure we really make a positive difference to the physical and mental well-being of people. I’m delighted it was a success and we look forward to welcoming more families in the future.”
Nick Willis, the hostel manager of YHA Edale said:
“It was a fantastic opportunity for YHA Edale to be able to welcome the families to stay with us and offer them a totally unique experience. Our staff were absolutely delighted to make such a positive impact on the lives of everyone involved. It is always inspirational to see participant’s confidence and wellbeing rise as a result of a stay with YHA – and this project was no exception.”
Families on the break said:
“It’s difficult to go out altogether but being out in the countryside made it possible because the children could run ahead [as there were support staff]. We got close to each other, doing things together.”
“Before I came here, I felt like I was in a shell but now that’s changed. I stood outside and had a nice little chat.”
We are always looking for new partners to donate a break – as accommodation, transport or attraction tickets, that we can use to help our families.
Over one hundred companies and organisations in the travel and tourism industry already partner with us to offer breaks and days out.
Get involved, donate a break.