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There are a number of charities that provide breaks in Scotland for vulnerable or disadvantaged families in need.

Some of these are listed below so you can contact them directly should you like to know more or offer support.

 

The Caravan Project

The Caravan Project is a group of community organisations that support families on low income and facing challenging circumstances such as ill health, bereavement and relationship breakdown. They provide caravan breaks for families living in Glasgow. For more information visit caravanproject.co.uk.

 

Family Holiday Association (for referrers / businesses)

Family Holiday Association is a national charity that helped over 3,700 struggling families across the UK benefit from a short break or day out in 2015. They work with partners like National Trust, National Express and Haven Holidays who are able to provide large number of breaks and tickets for distribution through a network of charities and support organisations www.familyholidayassociation.org.uk.

 

Family Holiday Association (for public)

Family Holiday Association is the only national charity dedicated to providing seaside breaks and day trips for families struggling with some of the toughest challenges life can bring.  The charity was founded on the belief that holidays are a lifeline not a luxury. Evidence shows that spending time together away from daily hardship can be life-changing for the families it works with www.familyholidayassociation.org.uk.

Glasgow Children’s Holiday Scheme

The aim of the scheme is to provide a break for children and families living within the Greater Glasgow area who are disadvantaged or socially excluded. This can be for various reasons. In so doing, there can be the opportunity to help address the imbalance of support, motivating and equipping the child to break out of what might be a long standing family cycle of poverty and just as importantly, experience fun and enjoyment in a safe and constructive way. www.glasgowchildrensholidayscheme.org.uk.

Holidays Matter

Holidays Matter is a UK-wide network that is made up of businesses, charities and tourism bodies who are committed to helping more people get a break. For more information, to join the network or access the latest research in this area, visit www.holidaysmatter.org.uk.

 

Respitality, a project from Shared Care Scotland

Respitality (respite breaks + hospitality) is a project which seeks to make connections between local organisations that support unpaid carers, and local hospitality providers such as hotels, guest houses, leisure clubs, etc.  Respitality works in five regions across Scotland: Fife, Falkirk, Dumfries & Galloway, Lanarkshire and Midlothian. For more information visit www.sharedcarescotland.org.uk/resources/respitality.

 

Scottish Youth Hostel Association

SYHA Hostelling Scotland has many years’ experience of providing residential outdooring learning programmes, which have benefited over 3,800 children since the Give Us A Break programme began in 2004. Funded by the Provident Good Neighbour Community Programme, Give Us A Break aims to tackle social exclusion by offering disadvantaged youngsters the chance to have an action-packed two night residential at a youth hostel, taking part in outdoor activities to build confidence and self-esteem.

 

Thanks to the generous donations received online and from SYHA guests and members, SYHA has also developed its youth offering including a STEM-focussed residential tied to the Curriculum for Excellence, initially developed with the ScottishPower Foundation. School and Youth groups are now being offered as a part-funded option for residential experiences at SYHA. For more information on the programmes, please visit www.syha.org.uk.

 


As well as working with organisations that are focussed on providing breaks, you could build a relationship with a local charity. Remember that it can be a lot of work for charities to support people to make use of what you offer and the break or day out may not be suitable for everyone.

If you know of any other charities that provide breaks in Scotland for vulnerable or disadvantaged people which could be featured on this page please get in touch by emailing lee.mcronald@visitscotland.com.

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