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As part of the Spirit of Scotland campaign, VisitScotland has – thanks to the generosity of businesses around the country – secured donated accommodation, travel and tickets to attractions to help provide 100 short breaks in Scotland for disadvantaged or vulnerable families.


VisitScotland will deliver this in partnership with The Family Holiday Association, a registered charity which will work with local charities and support organisations to identify families who will benefit the most from these breaks. These will all be families who haven’t had a break in several years, are living on a low income and are struggling with some of the toughest challenges life can bring.


Tickets will go to families referred by a number of charities and support organisations through the Family Holiday Association’s network.

Organisations looking to refer a family can visit the Family Holiday Association website for more information.



What is the Family Holiday Association?


For over 40 years, the Family Holiday Association (FHA) has provided breaks for UK families struggling with issues such as disability, severe and sudden illness, bereavement, mental health issues and domestic violence.

The majority of families it supports have never before been on a family holiday.

The evidence shows that spending time together away from their daily struggles can be life-changing for these families. The FHA's objectives are to:

  • Increase the number of families that gain access to holidays
  • Research and promote the value of holidays for families experiencing disadvantage and wider society
  • Increase awareness of the scale and scope of the problem of lack of access to holidays.

The Family Holiday Association has strong links in Scotland:

  • It helped to provide short breaks and days out to 373 Scottish families in 2015 (822 over the past three years)
  • It works with over 150 Scottish charities and supports organisations to identify families who could benefit from a break
  • It owns two caravans at Craig Tara in Ayrshire to provide families with much-needed breaks
  • It runs the Holidays Matter network, a group of charities and organisations committed to helping make sure everyone – no matter what their circumstances – can enjoy a break away from home.
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