Working with UK Coach Awards supporters
We are delighted to be the charity of the event at the UK Coach Awards! Find out more about the charity and see how we can work together below…
For over 40 years the Family Holiday Association has been changing the lives of those truly in need by offering them a short break or day out.
Each family helped is referred to the charity by someone already working with them in a supporting role – perhaps a health visitor, social worker, teacher or other charity such as Barnardo’s or Shelter.
Even the shortest break away can make a world of difference for families struggling with some of the toughest challenges life can bring – problems such as severe and long-term illness, mental health issues, bereavement and domestic violence.
The short breaks we offer enable individual families to spend a few nights away in a caravan at a holiday park at the British seaside. Day trips are typically a simple day out at the seaside, a local tourist attraction or museum.
A simple break away from home can improve a family’s wellbeing, bring relief from their stresses at home and the opportunity to create precious family memories to cherish forever.
“We just needed to get away, even for a day. We have had such a terrible year. We loved every moment and the excitement at just going out for the day!” – Johnson family
The wonderful UK Coach Awards
Following a review, the UK Coach Awards wanted to find a charity partner that would resonate with their existing partners in the Awards. After getting in touch with the charity, we found there is a real natural fit between both organisations. And in working together, the coach industry have the ability to help the charity in a crucial area. By providing coach travel for short breaks and holidays for those in real need, and directly helping families.
The best way that UK Coach Awards supporters, as coach operators, can help and get involved in the partnership, is by doing what they are brilliant at – coach travel!
Here are a couple of ways that you can provide coach travel, to help families trapped in desperate circumstances to experience a much-needed break…
This may support families taking a short break or day out. Sometimes all families want is the chance to go for a paddle and build a sandcastle or spend an afternoon exploring somewhere new. Some of our most popular projects in the past have simply provided transport tickets and we let families do the rest!
2) Donation of whole coach travel on agreed date/s between March to October
Provide a whole coach for return travel to enable a group to visit the seaside or an attraction. Many of the families we support lack the confidence to take trips by themselves and so organisations take groups of families away together to provide a supportive environment.
There are three simple steps for UK Coach Awards supporters to convert your generosity into precious benefits for families:
- Let us know what transport you can donate
- We will promote this to our extensive referrer network through our online booking system
- We then work with referrers to match families in their local communities with a break or day out using your transport
We have over 3,000 active referrers across 95% of local authorities in the UK. This means you’ll be able to help families local to you who are receiving support from a wide range of organisations whilst only dealing with our team at the Family Holiday Association.
Becoming a Family Holiday Association partner is a great way to show your staff, clients and customers that your organisation is committed to offering vital help to families in need from all backgrounds, and in all parts of the UK.
Start making a real difference to families today, and email Alex Bunney, call him on 020 3117 0651 or fill in our simple online form to start working together!