The Family Breaks fund from the Youth Hostel Association offers a free 2-night stay with meals in Youth Hostels in England and Wales to families struggling with financial hardship, disability, long-term illness, bereavement, homelessness or other challenging circumstances. One break per year at a YHA Youth Hostel (listed on the website) is available to families with up to 2 adults & children aged 2-18 years (0-2 years in crisis and emergency situations) where the family has an annual household income below £25,000 (gross) & where the break will make a significant difference to the child or young person’s life.
The following criteria apply:
• A child is disabled or has a life limiting or threatening condition
• The family has experienced homelessness or are living in temporary accommodation
• The family has witnessed or experienced domestic violence
• The family has experienced bereavement (either the loss of a parent or sibling)
• The family includes a young carer
• The family has lives in an area of deprivation.
Deadline: The application window closes on the 31st January 2019.
The network is keen to profile effective practice developed in the North West and other regional contributions. Do please consider sending your examples for inclusion in future editions.
If there are particular areas of work or themes that you would like support with, activities or events then do let us know. We would also welcome any good news you have to share, or challenges you’d like to work with others to find solutions for, in order that we can share the learning across the North West. We welcome contributions to network activities, requests for connections for support, information about forthcoming events for future editions of this newsletter and new additions to the newsletter circulation list.
Also, do check out our website www.nwsend.network which has everything you might want to know in one place, including previous newsletters.
Dr Cathy Hamer NW SEND Regional Network co-ordinator Email: email@example.com Mob: 0778 357 7284