Holidays for Kinship Carers
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:10
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"We accessed 52 holidays for our families in the year 2012/2013. This is a brilliant role to be in providing families with much needed breaks. Also, I have received so many thank you messages and postcards which just makes it all so worthwhile." Welfare Benefit Advisor 2012/2013
Are you a kinship carer needing a holiday?
The Grandparents' Association has been in contact with an organisation that have got some fantastic caravan holidays to offer to grandparent carers who meet the criteria below and who live in the UK. Each case is accessed but if you can answer yes to all of the questions below we will do our best to match you to a well deserved break.
Normally available in term dates and school holidays the organisation we use has placed over 2000 families in holidays last year 2012 and this year hopes to increase that figure.
This is a new approach to helping families’ access days out and breaks. The Grandparents' Association is one of a few welfare advisors for this organisation.
All enquires must be handled via the The Grandparents' Association hence the reason we can't say who the organisation is!
Criteria for kinship carers
- Have you got at least one child between 3 – 18 years old? (at the time of the holiday)
- Are you on low income? (This isn’t a defined figure but if you receive benefits or are on 25k or less)
- Was your last holiday over 4 years ago?
Giving Britain a break - report launched
"I was honoured to be asked by the Family Holiday Association to give evidence on the need for social tourism. Too often the benefits of families being able to spend time together away from their every day traumas is underestimated but I hope that this report leads to more grandparents and their extended families having the opportunity to share such experiences," Lynn Chesterman CE Grandparents' Association
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on social tourism launched their report "Giving Britain a Break" on Monday 31 October 2011 at a reception in the House of Commons.
Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys and chairman of the group urged that holidays form part of an "early intervention" agenda to tackle social problems.
"A year later the All-Party Group has produced a remarkable report. I want to highlight, and I know that many within the Parliamentary Group will agree with me, that this is the first step on a long journey of raising awareness about social tourism and the benefits it can bring."
Download your copy of the report here
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