Everyone says they are ‘desperate’ for a holiday but for some it’s not just a fun change of scene, it’s a lifeline. Use your holiday to offer those in need one too through these great charities…
1. Dementia Adventure
After being diagnosed with dementia, people are at risk of being indoors too much of the time, resulting in an unnecessary decline in their physical, emotional and social well-being. Exercise, fresh air and stimulation can help people retain their skills and interests for longer and improve wellbeing and resilience. Dementia Adventure provides a range of services – all with nature in mind – including holidays, short breaks and outings for people with dementia and their carers. The trips are together with the support of trained staff and volunteers meaning carers benefit as much as dementia sufferers.
2. Go Beyond
This charity offers breaks for children and young people who have been bereaved, abused or bullied, who are living in poverty or caring for loved ones the chance to escape their worries. Its holidays are all under wide-open skies in the countryside and packed with activities intended to encourage self-belief and inspire adventure, from splashing through rivers in wellies to braving a rock-climbing wall. With expert staff and committed volunteers on hand, the aim is for each child to go home knowing they can achieve more than they ever thought possible, inspired by what the world can offer them and what they can offer the world.
Focusing on disabled people in need of a break, Revitalise offers essential respite breaks to boost wellbeing, rejuvenate relationships and bring disabled people and carers closer together. Its revitalising holidays are filled with entertainment and new experiences backed up by 24-hour nurse led care and full accessibility. Despite the fact that two in three 2 people in the UK are affected by disability by the time they are 85, finding an accessible break is not easy, but Revitalise breaks down obstacles by creating holidays at its three centres across the UK in Essex, Southport and Southampton.
4. Family Holiday Association
For over 45 years the Family Holiday Association has been changing the lives of those truly in need by offering them a short break or day out. The majority of the families it helps have never been on a family holiday. We all know that exploring somewhere new with the ones you love is a powerful tonic, yet so many families are unable to experience this, whether that’s through lack of funds, a severe illness or disability, or being trapped in a cycle of domestic abuse. The charity works to give people relief from their stresses at home, improve their wellbeing and help create cherished memories. And its research shows that the benefits last long after a family returns from their break.