Holidays Matter is coordinated by the Family Holiday Association, who provide short breaks in the UK for disadvantaged children and their families.
The charity was set up by Joan and Pat Laurance in 1975. At the heart of the couple’s vision for a brighter future for people in hardship was the belief that spending time together away from everyday life improves the health and well-being of everyone in the family unit.
Many of the families helped have never left the places where they live and are affected by problems related to disability, mental health, bereavement, domestic violence and poverty.
The Family Holiday Association relies on referrals from professionals in the community who submit applications on behalf of families. Doing things this way means we can be sure that the money we raise goes to families who will benefit most from a short break.
Every day we see trauma and heartache experienced by vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our society, but we also see how much difference a simple trip to the British seaside can make. We launched the Holidays Matter movement in the hope that everyone – from businesses to charities, politicians to the general public – could understand the power of a simple break from everyday hardship. We also wanted to find a way to reward good practice in business, to encourage others to adopt good practice, and to publicise the business benefits of becoming engaged in social tourism.
We are grateful for the kindness of our supporters, without whom we would be unable to make a difference. If you would like to donate to our charity, it couldn’t be simpler. Just head to familyholidayassociation.org.uk and click ‘Donate here’.
“After my trip, I am all laughing and happy inside!”
— Child aged 7, London
“I feel like a different person. No worries or fears. Just being able to do fun things with the girls and see their faces was magical.”
— Mother, Abergele
“The memories have got us through difficult times since coming home.”
— Family, Glasgow
“The benefits of increased confidence from taking my daughter on her first break were more life-changing than I thought they could be.”
— Mother, Braintree
Visit our website at www.familyholidayassociation.org.uk
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Call us on 020 3117 0650
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Family Holiday Association, 3 Gainsford Street, London SE1 2NE Reg charity number 800262
87% of GPs said they believed that a holiday could help alleviate behavioural problems and stress-related illness in children
In 2008, 20% of all tourism in Europe was generated by social tourism initiatives, according to social tourism providers
83% of consumers say that they will trust an organisation more if it seems to be socially responsible
38% of children in poverty are aware they’re missing out on holiday experiences
A study has found that holidaymakers’ ability to recover from stress improved by 29%, while that of those who did not travel went down by 71%
In the UK almost 30% of people cannot afford an annual holiday and still more miss out because the challenges of daily life are too great.