Visit Kent is the official Destination Management Organisation for Kent and Medway, supporting and growing the tourism industry. Visit Kent is responsible for promoting Kent as an attractive destination for holidays and events and enhancing the tourism industry, its infrastructure and product base in Kent.
As part of its activities, Visit Kent organises the Kent Big Weekend – where every year thousands of free tickets are available for local residents to enjoy the wealth of attractions in their county. In 2014, Visit Kent was able to offer hundreds of free tickets specifically for families in need, and organised coaches to enable them to access the day out experiences.
The Caravan Project is a charitable co-operative run by local people, representing the many organisations that support families and communities across the north west of Glasgow. They believe every family should enjoy the benefits that a break from home can bring, and every year they provide a one-week respite holiday to 60 families in poverty and living in the north west of Glasgow.
Shared Care Scotland is a national charity working across Scotland to improve the quality and availability of short breaks for people with care needs and their families. Their work is targeted at families that have caring responsibilities across all ages and care groups. As well as administering the Short Break Fund which supported over 8,500 break for carers and their families last year, they also provide information services, promote the cause and successful practice, and commission research in the field.
The Holiday Homes Trust is a national charity, dedicated to providing self-catering caravan accommodation for families, groups, and their carers. They own 8 caravans at 7 holiday parks round the UK and breaks are offered at affordable prices, with entertainment passes included free.
Chrysalis is a not-for-profit social enterprise, working within the remit of its parent charity – The Epiphany Trust, providing residential supported holidays in the UK and Europe for adults with learning disabilities. Established in 1991, they have grown to now offer 600 holiday places per year, and aim to offer the best possible value breaks, as well as finding options suiting all needs meaning they never turn anyone down. Grants are also available via The Epiphany Trust to fund free or discounted places for those in need.
Calvert Trust Exmoor is a charity running a fully accessible residential outdoor activity centre. They enable people with physical, learning, behavioural and sensory disabilities, and their family and friends, to experience exciting, challenging and enjoyable outdoor activities. As well as being fully accessible, their centre is the only 5 star accredited activity accommodation in the country. They fundraise to raise money for bursaries, and this funding enables guests who require financial assistance to be able to have a holiday: around 30% of guests benefit from bursary assistance.
Currently in the first year of a PhD studentship at Bournemouth University, Sian’s research is focused on gaining an understanding of how social tourism is operating in the UK. This research will focus on clearly mapping the key stakeholders within Britain’s social tourism sector and the relationships existing between them. What will also be explored is the ways in which social media could look to play an increasing role in the further development of social tourism in the future.
The Family Fund is the UK’s largest provider of grants to families of disabled and seriously ill children living on a low income. Grants provide essential and practical help, to enable families to buy items such as washing machines, fridges, specialist toys, and holidays. They also provide a range of other grants to families to enjoy recreation in their home, and grants for families to have an outing together, to suit the complex needs of the children. During 2014 they provided 24,369 grant for family breaks away. They also work to ensure that that the voices of families are heard at every level – by carrying out research, by representing families on national bodies and working with other organisations to ensure that the range of needs of disabled children are met.
The aims of the Grandparents’ Association are to support grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren, and to promote full participation by grandparents to ensure contact is maintained with grandchildren in the case of family conflict or breakdown. In 2014 they supported 32 families to take caravan holidays with the Family Holiday Association, and promoted the cause.
Brighton Pebbles are a community group for families with disabled children in Brighton & Hove. They run a weekly after-school drop-in session for families, and provide a range of different activities including days out, short breaks and holidays, targeted specifically at the needs of their service users. These activities are heavily subsidised to make them as accessible as possible.
Sebastian’s Action Trust work to support seriously ill and life-limited children and their families. They run The Bluebells, an award-winning family respite holiday home, which is the first of its kind in the UK and has specific features and facilities necessary to allow the families they support to access a holiday. This meant 375 families had a week long holiday in 2014 that they never would normally have been able to experience. They also organise support days for all members of the family.
Outward Housing has been a registered charity enabling independence in vulnerable people for over 25 years. They have renovated Nutley Edge farm in East Sussex to provide accessible rural breaks for disadvantaged people. This location is suitable for charitable organisations to use, and Outward have also provided subsidised trips for homeless families and people with learning disabilities there, targeting those most in need through referrals from subsidiary charities and services.
HF Holidays is the UK’s largest walking and leisure activity holiday organisation, with over 100 years’ experience in organising outdoor holidays and recognised by Which as one of their recommended holiday providers. They’re the only holiday provider that’s a co-operative, and built into their ethos is the belief that they have responsibility to encourage as many people as possible to engage with the great outdoors. This has led them to build a “Feel Good Break” programme, where families who would not normally be able to access a break away from home are targeted to enjoy a fully-funded active weekend away in the UK Countryside. 3 of these breaks have been organised so far, benefiting around 90 people.
StreetGames is a sports charity, supporting a network of projects which give sports and volunteering opportunities to young people in disadvantaged communities across the UK. Their delivery method is doorstep sport – bringing sport close to home in the most appropriate way for the community. Last year StreetGames Young Volunteers went on a residential, there was a Camp during the Commonwealth Games, and many days out were organised, providing sporting days out for thousands of young people.
The Family Holiday Association helps struggling families have a break. The holidays we provide can be anything from a simple day out to a few days in a caravan at the British seaside.
We co-ordinate the Holidays Matter network as we recognise a need to help organisations across the UK work together to help more people get a break.
Revitalise are a national charity providing holidays (respite care) for people with physical disabilities, as well as Alzheimer’s and dementia, and for carers. They can cater for over 150 disabilities and provide a variety of breaks for lots of levels of care need, in their 3 holiday centres in Southampton, Essex and Southport. Last year almost 5,000 weeks of holidays were offered, and each break is subsidised by the charity.
A Day of Sunshine (formerly A Ray of Sunshine) is a Lancashire based children’s charity aiming to bring a little sunshine into the lives of local deserving children, by providing them, and their families, with an all expenses paid holiday either in Spain, or the Uk.
The Glasgow Children’s Holiday Scheme is run to provide benefit to needy children and families by providing holiday accommodation in the interests of social welfare so that the conditions of life of such children and families may be improved. This is achieved by providing holidays for children and families who are in distress by reason of poverty, deprivation, ill-health or other adverse circumstances.
CHICKS is a national children’s charity which provides disadvantaged children in the UK with free, week-long, respite breaks at our retreats in Devon and Cornwall. The children we support are aged between eight and 15.
The Women’s Holiday Centre is a non-profit charitable co-operative, running a large house with 20 bed spaces in the Dales. The house was set up in 1980 by women working in various organisations who had identified a great need for affordable short break accommodation for women and children on low incomes. We provide a friendly, welcoming and safe place for women and children to have an affordable break for a few days.
The vision for Flat Spaces is to provide high quality, fully accessible holiday accommodation for the severely disabled and less abled traveller by means of a UK and overseas network of well equipped, internally identical flat space bungalows. Flat Spaces mission is to enable those with severe disabilities to take a holiday, in the full knowledge and confidence that their needs will be catered for. Our identical, three bedroom purpose built bungalows are exceedingly spacious, fully equipped and will be in beautiful locations, or close to care facilities, which will offer added benefits. Grants and sponsorship will enable a full spectrum of guests to enjoy our holidays, resulting in improved mental health and coping ability for a person and their families as a result of a break. Our first bungalow is part of the Watercress Lodges and Campsite – next to the Watercress Steam line, in Ropley, Hampshire
Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The park adjoins our own private, sandy beach, making it the perfect location for the perfect family holiday. Our superior range of luxuriously appointed, modern caravans are fitted to Rose Award standard, varying in price and size to suit most needs. Caravan, motor-home and tent pitches are situated in three touring fields within our landscaped grounds. Mother Ivey’s have their own One for All Charity, each year we dedicate 1% of our hire fleet occupancy to this scheme which, in turn, links into other local charities.
CHYPS is a project being delivered by Pride in Camp Hill. The emphasis of the project is to raise funds and provide quality activity holidays for 7-17 year olds who are socially and/or economically disadvantaged and wouldn’t otherwise get a holiday. CHYPS also run day trips for families who aren’t able to afford a holiday/time away from the area.
The money raised covers: pocket money for each child allocated a place; travel costs; holiday costs; and insurance costs (if applicable). The children need to meet criteria set out by the CHYPS committee and are referred by partner agencies
FASS is a registered charity based in Glasgow offering support to adult family members who have been affected by a loved one’s drug or alcohol problem. It runs a range of support services including counselling, kinship carer support, respite services, holistic therapies and support groups.
It runs day trips for clients and provides caravan breaks.
Home-Start is a national family support charity that helps parents to build better lives for their children. We train and support almost 15,000 volunteers who in turn provide support and friendship to more than 29,000 families every year. Volunteers visit a family in their home for a couple of hours every week. After identifying the needs of the parents and children, the volunteers provide individualised one-to-one support as parents learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children. Volunteers are very committed and will keep visiting until the youngest child turns five or starts school, or until the parents feel they can stand on their own two feet. We also run family groups and social events for families.
The Holiday Participation Centre, a service of Tourism Flanders & Brussels, was founded in May 2001, and quickly grew. It targets people and families in poverty who, for reasons, are unable to take a holiday. This target group is reached via social member organisations.
Petruth Paddocks is a live-and-let-live place where there are refreshingly few rules, kids can be kids, campfires are encouraged, music and bad singing are not a problem and people feel free to wander round making new friends – we call it Free range camping. When they sense someone is struggling and would benefit from a stay at their site then they help them where they can.
We are a not for profit organisation whose aim is to provide holidays at a very affordable cost to people who would otherwise be unable to afford the accommodation we’re offering. While at the same time to raise money for the charity that we are responsible for Alpha One Activity Clubs 1117933 for its future work which is to start up an activity club for young unemployed in west London and also a group for older people coping with poor mental health.