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Gingerbread is not able to help with the cost of holidays. Financial help may be available from grant-giving trusts or other organisations. provides an online grant search that you can access on the Gingerbread website. You can also call the Turn2us helpline on 0808 802 2000. You could also look at A Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need and the Directory of Grant Making Trusts in your local library.
Check with local church groups, Rotary Clubs and Lions Associations who may arrange low cost holidays for single parent families. Ask at your library or Citizens Advice Bureau for information on local charities. Assistance is also sometimes available to employees or ex-employees of large organisations. Trade unions and families or widows of members of the armed services may also have access to benevolent funds.
Below is a list of organisations that may be able to provide help with the cost of a holiday. See page two for further sources of financial help if you or your child are disabled.
Organisation: Care for the Family - Take a Break
Details: Activity breaks for single parent families with children aged five to 16. A limited number of bursaries are available. You can apply for help with part or all of the cost of the holiday.
Phone: 029 2081 0800
Organisation: CCHF – All About Kids
Details: Provides UK holidays and short breaks for disadvantaged children aged seven to12. This can include children from low income families, those who have been excluded from school or have experienced bullying.
Phone: 01273 847 770
Details: Provides activity respite breaks for children aged eight to 11 and 12 to 15. Children usually have to be referred by a teacher, care worker, social worker, or other person who works with the child in a professional capacity.
Phone: 01822 811 020
URL: http:// www.chicks.org.uk
Organisation: Family Holiday Association
Details: Allocates holiday grants to families in certain circumstances. Information about applications can be found on their website. Applications can only be received from ‘welfare agents’ (health visitors, social workers, caring or support agencies, GPs, schools etc) on behalf of families.
Phone: 020 3117 0650
Organisation: King’s Camps
Details: King’s offers supported places on their holiday activity schemes to children whose family is experiencing difficult circumstances. This can include financial hardship, bereavement or illness. Applications should be made in writing, giving reasons for the application. You should include proof of circumstances such as benefit and tax credit letters and/or a supporting letter from a professional who knows your family such as a teacher or health visitor. You will also need to provide details of your annual household income and the number of children you are applying for.
Phone: 0845 643 5272
Organisation: The Mary Macarthur Holiday Trust
Details: Provides financial assistance towards holidays for women who are in need of a holiday, for example due to experiencing social difficulties, disability or financial hardship.
Phone: 02920 359091
Organisation: Women’s Holiday Centre
Details: The Women’s Holiday Centre is run by a women’s co-op to provide holidays for women and children on moderate or limited means. Payment is by a sliding scale according to income.
Phone: 01729 860 207
Organisation: YHA Summer camps
Details: Residential activity summer camps run by the Youth Hostelling Association for children aged 12 to 16. Parents can apply for a 40 per cent bursary towards the cost of a five night summer camp if their child is eligible for free school meals.
Phone: 01629 592 530
URL: http:// www.yhasummercamps.co.uk
Details: Arranges group holidays in the UK and abroad for single parent families.
Phone: 01902 373410
Organisation: Single Parent Travel Club
Details: Organises holidays and days out for single parents and their children throughout the UK and abroad.
Organisation: Single With Kids
Details: Specialises in organising a variety of holidays for single parent families. Also arranges day trips and regional events.
Phone: 0845 166 8119
Organisation: Way Foundation
Details: Membership is available to widowed men and women under the age of 50, although they do have a group for those widowed after this age. Activities include local social groups run by volunteers, as well as centrally organised group holidays and activities
for both adults and children. Their website contains a list of useful books and resources for adults and children coping with bereavement.
Phone: 0870 011 3450
Several holiday parks offer accessible holidays. Some travel companies claim that their package holidays are suitable for disabled people but you should double check before you book.
Many organisations provide information about holidays for disabled children going away with or without their family. Financial help towards the cost may be available. There are also organisations that grant ‘wishes’, for example, organising holidays for children who have a life-limiting condition.
Below is a list of organisations that provide holidays for disabled travellers. Some offer help with the cost.
Organisation: 3H Fund (Help the Handicapped Holiday Fund)
Details: Organises subsidised group holidays for physically disabled children and adults. Volunteer helpers accompany them so that carers can take a respite break. When funds are available, 3H Fund provides grants to enable a modest UK holiday break for low-income families where a dependant has a disability.
Phone: 01892 860 219 / 01892 860 207
Details: Provides subsidised holidays and short breaks for children, adults and families with special care needs, and respite care for children without their carers.
Phone: 01263 822 161
Organisation: Family Fund
Details: Provides grants for the additional needs of severely disabled children and young people, which can include holidays. Telephone or visit the website for an application pack. Applications should be made by the parent or carer of the disabled child.
Phone: 0844 9744 099
Organisation: Happy Days
Details: Funds and organises holidays, residential trips, days out and theatre trips for disadvantaged young people with special needs. Grants can also be provided for
family holidays. Children must be aged three to 17. Their definition of special needs includes physical disabilities, learning disabilities, ill health and children who have been involved in accidents or who have witnessed domestic abuse.
Phone: 01582 755 999
Organisation: Holiday Homes Trust
Details: Affordable, self-catering holidays in caravans and chalets, mainly in southern England.
Phone: 0208 433 7290
Organisation: Kids Direct Short Breaks
Details: Flexible service to help disabled children and their carers. A trained worker can give carers a break or lend an extra pair of hands on a day trip or outing. Short break sessions can last between one hour and a day. The service is available to all but there may be a charge.
Phone: 0845 453 1000
Organisation: Open Britain
Details: This free and constantly updated online resource contains details of accessible venues and places to stay across Britain.
Organisation: Starlight Foundation
Details: Offers ‘special wishes’ to children aged four to 18 who have a life-threatening illness.
Phone: 020 7262 2881
Organisation: The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain
Details: Ideas for days out reviewed by disabled visitors. Includes information on accessibility and available services. The guide is free if you hold a Blue Badge or a Disabled Persons Railcard.
Phone: 0800 953 7070
Organisation: Tourism for All UK
Details: Provides information to people with disabilities and older people in relation to accessible accommodation and other tourism services
Phone: 0845 124 9971 / 08451 249 973
If you are visiting another country you may need a visa. To find out whether you need a visa to visit a particular country, check online, or with your travel agent or contact the UK consulate or embassy of the country in question. Check in advance if there are any particular conditions – for example, you may need to have a certain number of months left on your passport.
Organisation: Gingerbread Single Parent Helpline
Details: Free information on a range of issues including maintenance, benefits, tax credits, debt, employment, education, legal rights and holidays. Open Mondays 10am to 6pm, Tuesday/Thursday/Friday 10am to 4pm and Wednesdays 10am-1pm and 5pm to 7pm
Phone: Freephone 0808 802 0925
Organisation: Child Law Advice
Details: Child Law Advice is operated by Coram Children's Legal Centre. Specialist advice and information on child, family and education law. Applicable only in England.
Organisation: Days Out
Details: Information on day trips and available discounts.
Organisation: Department of Health
Details: Health advice for travellers.
Organisation: European Health Insurance Card
Details: To find out about and apply for a European Health Insurance Card.
Phone: 0300 3301350
Organisation: Family Lives
Details: Provides information and support on all aspects of parenting, including bullying, eating, exams, truancy, toddlers, teenagers and more.
Phone: 0808 800 2222
Organisation: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
Details: Gives up-to-date information on the safety and other aspects of various travel destinations.
Organisation: One Parent Families Scotland Lone Parent Helpline
Details: Run by our partner organisation, the Lone Parent Helpline provides confidential advice and information for single parents in Scotland.
Phone: 0808 801 0323
Organisation: Rights of Women
Details: Free, confidential legal advice by telephone for women on a wide variety of issues. Specialist areas include family law, divorce/relationship breakdown, children/contact issues and domestic violence.
Phone: 020 7251 6577
Organisation: UK Identity and Passport Service
Details: For more information about applying for or renewing a passport and the interview process.
Phone: 0300 222 0000
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