‘England for Everyone’ fund to provide holidays and trips for 800 families facing tough times

On 12 February, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) announced that the new £600,000 ‘England for Everyone’ fund will provide holidays and trips for more than 800 families facing difficult times.

The fund will support parents, carers, and young people struggling financially, or facing illness, isolation or bereavement, to have a weekend break in England.

Family Holiday Charity will use the funding to arrange trips for families this year. Eligible families can be referred to the charity for a weekend trip and will have a choice of where they will visit.

The charity will work with registered referrers to select families most in need of a holiday. Referrers need to work for an organisation focussed on supporting families on an ongoing basis to register with the charity.

This usually means you work in one of the following settings:

·       Registered charities that provide services related to families

·       Government provided children and family support departments, such as social services and community health teams

·       Health visitors from NHS services

·       Ofsted registered schools, nurseries and children’s centres

·       Registered refuge and domestic abuse support services

·       Registered housing associations

Relevant council teams are encouraged to register, and councils are also encouraged to share the opportunity with other potential referrers in their area.

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