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Family Holiday Grants

By: Kevin Watson MSc - Updated: 12 May 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Family Holiday Grants

The Family Fund awards holiday grants to families that have a severely disabled child. Normally, the disabled child must accompany the family on holiday. Grants are sometimes available, however, if the disabled child is in respite care. In this instance, the grant can help towards the cost of a short holiday for the disabled child’s parents, sisters and brothers.

The parent or carer of the disabled child must apply for the grant. The Family Fund then checks household income and the nature of the child’s disability.

The Calvert Trust

The Calvert Trust has three outdoor activity centres. These are at Kielder Water, Northumberland; Keswick in the Lake District; and Exmoor in the West Country.

The centres have activities that are suitable for people with mental disabilities, physical disabilities and learning difficulties. There are no age limits. Specialist supervisors give expert instruction.

Families can apply to the Calvert Trust for help with the cost of these holidays. The Trust awards holiday grants to individuals and to groups.

3H Fund

A family with a physically or mentally disabled person in the household can apply for a grant from the 3H Fund. The grant helps the family with the cost of a UK holiday.

If carers need a break, the 3H Fund can also help. It runs a scheme with volunteer helpers. The helpers take the physically disabled person on holiday as part of a group. The 3H fund subsidises the cost.

Family Holiday Association

The aim of the Family Holiday Association is to help disadvantaged families take much-needed breaks.

To qualify for help, families must be experiencing social and economic deprivation. What this means is that families are likely to have serious money problems. They may also be experiencing additional difficulties such as overcrowding, poor quality housing, disability, illness and depression. Some families may be trying to cope with abuse and violence.

The Family Holiday Association gives grants towards the price of a holiday. It also raises awareness of the way holidays improve a family’s sense of well-being. Such work involves talking to government agencies, councils, doctors, voluntary groups and the media.

Applications for holiday grants must come from third parties connected to welfare. These third parties include social workers, health visitors and doctors. Voluntary groups and national and local charities can also make referrals for grants.

The Association awards grants to the third parties. It is the third parties’ responsibility to help families arrange the holidays. The purpose of the grant is to cover some of the costs of travel, food and accommodation for a one-week stay at a holiday centre or caravan site in the UK. Companies such as Haven and Butlins usually run the holiday destinations.

Carers

If a family has a mentally or disabled child or adult, it is probable that at least one member of the household is a carer. The work such carers do can be demanding. The Margaret Champney Rest and Holiday Fund gives holiday grants to carers so they can have a rest.

Applications for a grant must come from a community nurse, social worker or professional health worker acting for the carer.

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Hi I am looking for a grant for a family holiday. We do not have disabled children but my husband has severe depression and is on esa. I am having trouble working outwho could help.
Red - 12-May-17 @ 11:19 AM
Liby - Your Question:
Hello I'm a single mum who suffers clinical depression and have done last 10 years if not more my 17 year old has aspergus syndrome an social anxiety my oldest son is 20 and his carer I work full time to keep a roof over our heads the last proper holiday Leighton was 18 months old and is now nearlie 18 never been able to afford holiday as single parent just one wage coming on an no help with anything x I also have permanent nerve damage in right leg an foot take alot of tablets for pain so I'm not as active thanks 4 reading leanne x

Our Response:
Have you tried the organisations mentioned in the above article?
GrantsExpert - 11-May-17 @ 1:49 PM
L - Your Question:
Hi av been suffering with depression for nearly two year I have two daughter also and we have never had family holiday. At the start of the year we lost my mum due to cancer so I have also been grieving. Is there anyone who could help me really need a holiday away. X

Our Response:
Have you tried the organisations mentioned in the article?
GrantsExpert - 10-May-17 @ 10:01 AM
Hello I'm a single mum who suffers clinical depression and have done last 10 years if not more my 17 year old has aspergus syndrome an social anxiety my oldest son is 20 and his carer I work full time to keep a roof over our heads the last proper holiday Leighton was 18 months old and is now nearlie 18 never been able to afford holiday as single parent just one wage coming on an no help with anything x I also have permanent nerve damage in right leg an foot take alot of tablets for pain so I'm not as active thanks 4 reading leanne x
Liby - 10-May-17 @ 9:56 AM
Hi av been suffering with depression for nearly two year i have two daughter also and we have never had family holiday. At the start of the year we lost my mum due to cancer so i have also been grieving. Is there anyone who could help me really need a holiday away.X
L - 9-May-17 @ 2:13 AM
I'm trying to find the site for holiday vouchers I am my disabled wife's carer.we have not had a holiday for years could someone help me on this many thanks
Goldie56 - 28-Apr-17 @ 4:00 PM
Could do with a break as look after ADHD child and his baby brother while my singel daughter works I my self are ill have heamacromatosis osteoarthritis in spine knees hips feet hands neck along with bone overgrowth due to this also diabetic have high bp glowcoma also being treated for depression, finding hard and a weeks break do me world good thx jan
Janven - 6-Apr-17 @ 9:25 PM
THE DISABLED DISCOUNTS PROJECT IS SEEKING GRANTS AND FUNDING ALSO VOLUNTEERS . CALL GENE MURPHT 8453577495 DISABLED DISCOUNTS PROJECT 111 CHERRY LANE AIRMONT,NY 10952
GENE MURPHY - 20-Mar-17 @ 10:18 PM
I have a blind and disabled daughter she is 35 next week in September we were told she had a brain tumour the size of a small apple we would like to take her away for a few days but as we are unemployed funding is had and I don't know of any trust or anyone would could help any suggestion plz x
Jane - 16-Jan-17 @ 10:11 PM
I'm trying to apply for holiday vouchers as I'm not sure what website to go on
Lisa - 30-Dec-16 @ 10:18 PM
I'm a single mum of 10 children,im suffering from mental illness and I've got several of my children who are disabled,i managed to get 500 pounds for half term holiday starting this week end,im struggling to find ways to finance the holiday as the family fund grant only just covered the accommodation,im really anxious about the whole thing,any suggestions or advice would be great appreciated
Sarz - 17-Oct-16 @ 6:51 AM
Clina - Your Question:
My husband has end stage kidney failure false leg and diabetes we have not had a holiday for 10 years is there anywhere with a dialysis unit please

Our Response:
Here are some organisations to try:
KC Dialysis - A friendly, family run dialysis centre which provides haemodialysis facilities for patients who wish to visit the seaside town of Bournemouth and the surrounding area for a holiday
Kidney Patients UK-list of dialysis holiday companies
Dialysis Freedom InnovativeUK Dialysis Swap Scheme for holidays
GrantsExpert - 30-Sep-16 @ 12:38 PM
My husband has end stage kidney failure false leg and diabetes we have not had a holiday for 10 years is there anywhere with a dialysis unit please
Clina - 29-Sep-16 @ 5:46 PM
Pete- Your Question:
Hi my name is Peter , please could any one help with my inquiry please , my partner is disabled , I am having is carer & we have not had a holiday for many years , I was wondering if there is anywhere we could get one from a charity, I would be grateful if you could put me in touch with any , I have gave our close friends email as we do not have one for any one to get intouch much appreciated yours mr Harkins

Our Response:
Try some of the organisations suggested in the article and in the responses below.
GrantsExpert - 20-Sep-16 @ 12:14 PM
Hi my name is Peter , please could any one help with my inquiry please , my partner is disabled , I am having is carer & we have not had a holiday for many years , I was wondering if there is anywhere we could get one from a charity, I would be grateful if you could put me in touch with any , I have gave our close friends email as we do not have one for any one to get intouch much appreciated yours mr Harkins
Pete - 18-Sep-16 @ 5:51 PM
Single mum of 4, son just been diagnosed of ADHD, after a 4yr struggle with him, haven't had a holiday in yrs,would love a little extra money to take them somewhere nice&make happy memories...effects all of us,when times get tough x
Frankie - 7-Sep-16 @ 12:33 PM
I am a 51 year old woman that has been through horrific domestic abuse over a 7 year period, I even ended up homeless I was so scared and have been in numerous refuges, would you please help me to make a financial fresh start in my new home. I need to rebuild my life from nothing. my number is 07497576741. I would be very grateful of help
Beverley jane Hartle - 4-Sep-16 @ 11:23 PM
Hi I have an 11 year old son with ADHD possible asd an autism, I'm on a very low income an i feel like we need a holiday to get him away to relax an enjoy sum summer holidays. I haven't got any clue of what help is available for us. He keeps saying he needs a break away. Is there any organization who could help?Thank u.
Sammy - 6-Aug-16 @ 12:24 PM
Hi my son has ASD SPD gdd speech delay except for family funds is there any other ones that can help with holidays abroad.
Lyn - 2-Aug-16 @ 9:09 AM
Hi please could i get help my 3 children have only ever been to the seaside for a say trip with me and my eldest is 14years 11years and 7years we really need a few days brake please what help can i get
beckley - 23-Jul-16 @ 10:20 PM
Sami - Your Question:
Please can you help my family to enjoy the summer holidays I am on a very low wage and my son has asd and adhd he needs constant emotional support and stimulation. I would really like to take him out for day trips or a holiday. Please can you help?

Our Response:
Try the suggestions in the above article. You could also try the Turn2Us grant search facility
GrantsExpert - 19-Jul-16 @ 12:05 PM
Please can you help my family to enjoy the summer holidays I am on a very low wage and my son has asd and adhd he needs constant emotional support and stimulation. I would really like to take him out for day trips or a holiday. Please can you help?
Sami - 17-Jul-16 @ 8:01 PM
I'm not sure if should put my Life story on this site so if you could ring for explanation please . Myname is paul and my no 07512616633
Swifty - 7-Jul-16 @ 5:21 AM
Hi hope you can hope Do you do grants for families who have a mentally ill father husband mi have pyhcosis BPD and PTSD I struggle daily withvsuicide it's horrible I've just come out of hospital I'm on benefits it's a struggle I have a con and mental health team etc They say it do us all the works if good social services are involved as my children are 7 & 9 I feel terrible I'd just like help please Jerry
Jerry - 9-Jun-16 @ 9:12 PM
Suesybear - Your Question:
I was wondering if you could help me, I hav recently had to give up my job,bcos im suffering from mental health ussues,i hav anxiety and depression,agrophobia,i used to b such a fun outgoin bubbly happy woman(45yrs old)my partner has been my carer for the past year,hes never moaned and hes done everythink for me, hes been golden,but I no deep down he would like us to both have a break, but we cant afford even a day away, I no he would appreciate time off from looking after me, and I think it would do our relationship the world of good.

Our Response:
Try the organisations mentioned in the article above. You might also want to try:
MIND
or
Respite Association
GrantsExpert - 8-Jun-16 @ 10:28 AM
I was wondering if you could help me, i hav recently had to give up my job,bcos im suffering from mental health ussues,i hav anxiety and depression,agrophobia,i used to b such a fun outgoin bubbly happy woman(45yrs old)my partner has been my carer for the past year,hes never moaned and hes done everythink for me, hes been golden,but i no deep down he would like us to both have a break, but we cant afford even a day away, i no he would appreciate time off from looking after me, and i think it would do our relationship the world of good.
Suesybear - 6-Jun-16 @ 5:20 PM
When i was 14 a close friend rape me and i cont tell anyone because i was scare of what mit happen but from that i wouldnt go out or speak to anyone not even my mum who i was real close to ... At the time i wanted to curl up and died but still i never said anything . over the years i fell in and out of depression due to losing my daughter to social services then on to losing the close person in my life and that was my mother ... Well ve never been away or even had to money to go on a daytrip because ve always wanted to go back to Blackpool because my mum use to take us up there when i was a kid so could you please help
tammy - 29-May-16 @ 9:46 PM
Up until 3 year ago my partner was the bread winner of are happy go home. Myself , partnerand 3 childrenaga 5 ,10 ,and almost 12 . My 10 year old girl as had ADHD and IBS since she was 4but the last 3 year having been so hard . I lost my dadkids are still coming to trims with there loss of there Grandadmy partner who i also care for had an accident were he almost lost his leg and still to have operations to be maid right if it ever will be my eldest son has just done 12 week flat out on a bed due to him breaking his neck on are treperlin he's now been aloud to go back to school and had to move home due to house being unfit to live in we have reallybeen able to do much due to not much money coming in so I was wondering if there was any chance of help funding a little break away for us all for any time threw six weeks holidays or just a few days for kids to get a little bit of what they lost these last 4year anything would be great and much appreciatedthanks
mekidsmyman - 24-Apr-16 @ 12:06 AM
Hi I'm a carer to my 2 boys one 11 has CP n now has seizures the other 13 has many conditions ASD , lipodystrophy, severe autoimmune chronic urticaria and angeodema ( caused by stress) due to DV with their dad I also care for my mum I'm looking for some kinda grant to help pay towards a trip of a lifetime to Disney say mayb helping with the theme park tickets or flight or accommodation I will find the rest I know they can apply for the wishes trips but they won't go without me after suffering years of DV and being a single mum of 3 kids wouldn't be able to find the funds for all of the trip many thanks in advance I know I could apply to the family fund but that would limit to where I can get the flights from I believe as they don't do Thomas cook vouchers anymore. Thank you.
Myboys2015 - 26-Mar-16 @ 7:20 PM
me - Your Question:
I was wondering if I could get help with the cost of a holiday, I have 4 children ranging from nearly 1 to 15 my son has add and sight problems he has 20 % vision in one eye and 50 in the other my husband has just lost his job so money of really really tight and I feel like I'm drowning I don't sleep im worry so much all the time and really could do with getting away, my daughter just cries all the time and I don't know what to do anymore any advice would be great thanks

Our Response:
Try the Family Holidays Association
GrantsExpert - 17-Mar-16 @ 12:34 PM
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