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Family Holiday Grants

By: Kevin Watson MSc - Updated: 25 Jun 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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james - Your Question:
My name is Keith and I have a daughters of 11 years old I suffer with depression and get low mood I just had a triple heart bypass a bout 15 mouth ago still on the mend my daughter was bullied for two years and she got anger problem and recently she started to cut her self which as been a wary for me I have to check every day but she assent done eny more thank god every year we try and go on holiday which we have been to polish warren which is good got a pool club for the kid beach just down the road in which she enjoys and it get as a way from here for 4 days but every year it a struggle trying to get the money together I am a one parent bring my daughter up it as been hard but we try and get on with it so that my story a boat as Keith and Alicia thank you

Our Response:
You sounds like a great dad Keith, have you tried any of the suggestions in the above article?
GrantsExpert - 26-Jun-18 @ 1:56 PM
My name is Keith and I have a daughters of 11 years old I suffer with depression and get low mood I just had a triple heart bypass a bout 15 mouth ago still on the mend my daughter was bullied for two years and she got anger problem and recently she started to cut her self which as been a wary for me I have to check every day but she assent done eny more thank god every year we try and go on holiday which we have been to polish warren which is good got a pool club for the kid beach just down the road in which she enjoys and it get as a way from here for 4 days but every year it a struggle trying to get the money together I am a one parent bring my daughter up it as been hard but we try and get on with it so that my story a boat as Keith and Alicia thank you
james - 25-Jun-18 @ 5:05 PM
cola - Your Question:
Hi I am a single full time working mother on a low income. For the past 11 years I have been working in a school for children with SEBD and MH. A and have been in financial difficulties since my physically and emotionally abusive husband left me with a large amount of debt which almost resulted in me and my children loosing our home. Thankfully I managed to just about keep a roof over our head. Its been a constant struggle. I was being treated for depression before my ex left and I still take medication now. With a demanding job, low income and what feels like not a minute spare in the day its safe to say I on single parent burn out. After my husband left I ended up in another abusive relationship that ended because of the domestic violent to me in front of my girls. I now suffer with anxiety and panic disorder. At this current time my mental heath has got worse and I cant seem to get help with this. Im so worried how this will effect my children. I wish I could do more for them, they ask when can we have a holiday and it breaks my heart knowing I cant take them away, finances just dont allow it. Finances dont even stretch to the basic of new clothes and haircuts. I also dont feel the get the quality time they should with me. I constantly feel overwhelmed with life in general. Its all very difficult, I get snappy and I hate myself for it. Wish I could stop n breath and spend relaxed quality time with them havin fun. I feel all I bring them is sadness and myself, when all ive tried to do is my best to bring them up alone. With no support network im lost alone in the dark, I dont like it as its scary here in my mind. Now Im scared how it feels for them and consumed with guild because mental health mummy is no good no matter how hard she tried

Our Response:
First of all make sure you are receiving the correct amount of child maintenance, talk to CM Options about this for advice.. The links in the above article should give you some options to try for family holiday funding assistance. Or the Grants Search Tool might be useful
GrantsExpert - 21-May-18 @ 12:33 PM
Hi I am a single full time working mother on a low income. For the past 11 years I have been working in a school for children with SEBD and MH. Aand have been in financial difficulties since my physically and emotionally abusive husband left me with a large amount of debt which almost resulted in me and my children loosing our home. Thankfully I managed to just about keep a roof over our head. Its been a constant struggle. I was being treated for depression before my ex left and I still take medication now. With a demanding job, low income and what feels like not a minute spare in the day its safe to say I on single parent burn out. After my husband left I ended up in another abusive relationship that ended because of the domestic violent to me in front of my girls. I now suffer with anxiety and panic disorder. At this current time my mental heath has got worse and I cant seem to get help with this. Im so worried how this will effect my children. I wish I could do more for them, they ask when can we have a holiday and it breaks my heart knowing I cant take them away, finances just dont allow it. Finances dont even stretch to the basic of new clothes and haircuts. I also dont feel the get the quality time they should with me. I constantly feel overwhelmed with life in general. Its all very difficult, I get snappy and I hate myself for it. Wish I could stop n breath and spend relaxed quality time with them havin fun. I feel all I bring them is sadness and myself, when all ive tried to do is my best to bring them up alone. With no support network im lost alone in the dark, i dont like it as its scary here in my mind. Now Im scared how it feels for them and consumed with guild because mental health mummy is no good no matter how hard she tried
cola - 19-May-18 @ 9:15 PM
Im trying to get funding for when we move home to another council home. I anticipate a move before summer but I need funding. I would like to secure a holiday for my son and I this year. He was almost a victim of knife crime and set on in our neighborhood.antisocial thugs have made home life hell. I suffer depression and he can't focus on school most days. I need to disconnect before the end of the year with a simple holiday for him. Where can I get funding. A budget ing loan is already being paid back from last year so I can't borrow much more.
Casper - 4-May-18 @ 8:15 PM
I’m looking for help getting a family holiday as my 9 year old son has adhd and server learning disabilities I also have 2 daughters Lexi 6 Lacey 2 who could do with a break as they deal with a lot we haven’t been out as a family for 18 month I think some time away doing fun things has a family would really help us get on track please tell me who can help just a carvan holiday with children activities school support worker and pso police officer would back any applicants just need to no who to contact thanks geraldinebenson
Super Mum - 12-Apr-18 @ 8:17 PM
lisa jacko - Your Question:
Im looking for help with a grant or vouchers to be able to take family on a much needed hoilday im husband neurological brian disorder, sleep apnea, cataplexy and a few more illness ,i also habe 3 children 6,8 and 12 my 8 year old id currently being accessed for asd and adhd plus she is dyslexic with are lives been turned upside down in the last 4 years with my husband illness coming to life we have not been able to go away anywhere and the children would love a break if anyone has any information where or how I can find out I would be so greatful

Our Response:
Please see the suggestions in the above article. Unfortunately we do not have any further information.
GrantsExpert - 3-Apr-18 @ 3:04 PM
im looking for help with a grant or vouchers to be able to take family on a much needed hoilday im husband neurological brian disorder, sleep apnea, cataplexy and a few more illness , i also habe 3 children 6,8 and 12 my 8 year old id currently being accessed for asd and adhd plus she is dyslexic with are lives been turned upside down in the last 4 years with my husband illness coming to lifewe have not been able to go away anywhere and the children would love a break if anyone has any information where or how i can find out i would be so greatful
lisa jacko - 30-Mar-18 @ 7:50 PM
Hi I hope your well and I just want to let you know that I would like to apply holiday grant because I want to have a break for holiday with my family. I got disabilities and I get PIP benefit so it helps my mum to pay all the bills and we can't make that much saving. So we would like to apply holiday grant.
Tof - 18-Mar-18 @ 9:57 AM
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
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