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Family Holiday Association

The Family Holiday Association is the only national charity dedicated to providing British seaside breaks and day trips for families struggling with some of the toughest challenges life can bring, such as illness, bereavement or disability. They offer those families in difficult circumstancesa much needed break.

The majority of families that are helped have never been away before. A simple break from a stressful situation can create precious memories, strengthen bonds and develop a new sense of optimism.

Applications are made via their online system by professionals working with families. If you are a family wishing to make an application, please approach someone who works with your family, such as a teacher, social worker or health visitor and ask them to refer you. follow the link to read more about referrals

Who to contact

020 3117 0650 (general enquiries)
020 3117 0651 (grants & projects)
Family Holiday Association

Where to go

Family Holiday Association
Ginsford Street

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Office hours: Monday - Friday, 9am to 5pm

Other Details


Referral required
Referral Details

All the families we help are referred by someone working with them in a supporting role, such as a teacher, social worker or health visitor. This ensures we assist those who most need our help and means the families get the support they need to prepare for their break.

We cannot accept direct requests from families. But if you would like to make an application on behalf of a family, or simply learn more about the work we do, you’ll find all you need to know by clicking on the link.

This information has been collected from third party providers therefore the Reading Services Guide, Reading Borough Council (RBC) and Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information and recommends that parents, carers, young people, residents and professionals check with providers regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and OFSTED registrations and CQC registrations. Information collected by Reading Service Guide; is used solely to implement and supply the Family Information Service (FIS), Special Educational Needs & Disabilities - Reading's Local Offer, Adults & Carers Support Group and Reading Youth.