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Family Holiday Grants

By: Kevin Watson MSc - Updated: 17 Feb 2018 | 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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Becky - Your Question:
Hiya I was wondering if we would get help with a wee break away my son has ADHD and ODD and sleep disorder, I have another 3 children who struggle everyday with his outbursts, Me and my partner would just love to take them away and have a nice family break and have some fun, thank you

Our Response:
Have you tried the organisations mentioned in the above article?
GrantsExpert - 19-Feb-18 @ 3:28 PM
Hiya I was wondering if we would get help with a wee break away my son has ADHD and ODD and sleep disorder, I have another 3 children who struggle everyday with his outbursts, Me and my partner would just love to take them away and have a nice family break and have some fun, thank you
Becky - 17-Feb-18 @ 1:28 AM
Hello my son has conduct disorder and needs constant supervision while at home and college and outdoors, also in the last 4 years his grandma and 3 greatgrandmas have passed away its a lot for him to cope with, so it would help him a lot to have even a weekend away at the seaside is there any advice on applying for a holiday you could send me pleasethanks in advice
Kaz - 16-Feb-18 @ 1:59 PM
Hello could you send me some information please as I would like to know how my son and my family can have a short hoilday his hasautism and ADHD.
Thomson - 17-Jan-18 @ 7:06 AM
Need some advice how and were do I get help getting a holiday for my family my 9 year old has server learning and emotional disabilities and also being assisted for ADHA sleeping disorders and break away from all the stress in the summer holidays would really help him aswell as myself and his 2 young sisters who it affects deeply aswell any help I am grateful for x
Gel - 12-Jan-18 @ 10:00 PM
Hello am disabled born deaf and have setsica back problems for many of years always in pain never had a holiday at all in my life, my dad disabled too he have spinal injury for a few years,, and my mum who look after him and my husband looks after me think we all would like a holiday together and moments
Heather - 6-Jan-18 @ 11:34 PM
Hi there, I’m a victim of domestic vilonce and would love the opportunity to take my kids away as we have been through so much for 17 years
Kelly Ann - 5-Jan-18 @ 11:31 PM
I haventvhad holiday for 12 years been through he'll lost my mum 3 years ago then diagnosed with copd, and fibraMalaga. La st March my lovely Labrador .he wasc12 was put to sleep. I am still grieving for him cryveveryday do suffer with depression have all my life I am so lonely hate my life. Even though got a smaller dog as can't wa'll far as have lot back pain. Would love a break at coast this year. Many thanks
Trixie - 4-Jan-18 @ 1:04 PM
Hi my partner was murdered and my son and I were left devastated can we get a voucher for holiday
Ds - 27-Oct-17 @ 2:17 PM
Hi I was wondering how I can get help with a short break for my family I am a carer for my son who has ADHD he gets DLA can I get help with a short break away and who do I apply to thankyou
Sami - 8-Sep-17 @ 9:12 AM
joey - Your Question:
Hi I was wondering if I would get a hoilday grant for myself & family because I have recently been diagnosed with hiv & servere depression & am under going counciling.

Our Response:
Please try the recommendations in the above article and also responses to some of the comments below.
GrantsExpert - 7-Sep-17 @ 11:03 AM
Hi my husband as alzarmers just wonder if I could get help for a holiday for him please email.me thanks
Food - 6-Sep-17 @ 11:22 AM
hi i was wondering if i would get a hoilday grant for myself & family because i have recently been diagnosed with hiv & servere depression & am under going counciling ..
joey - 5-Sep-17 @ 1:42 PM
gwenny14 - Your Question:
Hi I am wondering if I could apply for a holiday voucher for myself daughter and grandchildren I am in receipt of mobility higher rate and care middle rate if I can how do I get form to apply ty very much

Our Response:
Try the examples in the above article. The Turn2 us website might also be useful
GrantsExpert - 4-Sep-17 @ 2:23 PM
Hi I am wondering if I could apply for a holiday voucher for myself daughter and grandchildren I am in receipt of mobility higher rate and care middle rate if I can how do I get form to apply ty very much
gwenny14 - 29-Aug-17 @ 12:04 PM
Hi was wondering if these charities would offer holidays to adults with type 1 diabetic or with mobility issues like degenerative scoliosis of the spine. Im asking for myself but would like to take my family with me too partner and step son. Its so stressful all these appointments and conditions my daily life is just pain, stress and struggling with money would they do like week or weekend breaks in the form of a grant for someone like me? I also suffer depression and take medication for that.
Courtney - 25-Aug-17 @ 1:13 AM
Si - Your Question:
Hi my 13 year old daughter is a victim of rape, I would love to take her away for a while just to if not forget, but to feel like a 13 year old again. I'm a single parent who has to give up her job so I could support her daughter. Any ideas where I can get help please

Our Response:
Have you tried the 3 organisations listed above?
You could also try: Embrace
or look for resources in your area via the
Survivors' Trust
GrantsExpert - 31-Jul-17 @ 10:07 AM
Hi my 13 year old daughter is a victim of rape, I would love to take her away for a while just to if not forget, but to feel like a 13 year old again. I'm a single parent who has to give up her job so I could support her daughter. Any ideas where I can get help please
Si - 27-Jul-17 @ 1:50 AM
I've suffered with depressed for the past 10 years I've lost my 3 kids Duse to social and have been adopted plus i have no help or surport from any of my family as they did not wanna know ive had Abuse of my daughter dads family all the rude remarks and every thing think me and my bf and our Lil man Teddie need a break from it all its make in me feel like I'm not worth it but I've proven to every one I can just think we need a breakthanks x
Kezerbell - 25-Jun-17 @ 12:17 PM
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
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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
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