Referrers Area

Our breaks in 2020

When we offer a break to a family, we are giving them the chance for new experiences, to explore and have fun. Its often the first time they have enjoyed time away together and the memories they make leave a precious legacy.

So far in 2020 we have been unable to operate our breaks programme as a result of the pandemic. We have been monitoring the situation since March and hoping we would be able to resume at some point this year. Earlier this year we set out five key conditions which must be met for that to happen.

Unfortunately, consultation with referrers and accomodation providers, along with recent events indicate that the conditions still cannot be met.

We have therefore made the difficult decision not to offer overnight breaks in 2020 

Instead we will turn our attention to 2021 and work hard to ensure we can mitigate the risks and be ready with a full and attractive offer to families next year. 

And whilst there is no doubt that many families are nervous about going out, they are also in desperate need of something to look forward to.

So as public spaces gradually open up we will look at how we can deliver day trips in the autumn, working with our partners to find new ways to spread a little sunshine in spite of the ongoing barriers we face.

Thank you for your continued understanding and support as we navigate this year, and all our best wishes to you and yours


All families must be referred by someone working with them in a supporting role. This ensures we assist those who most need our help and means the families get the support they need to prepare for their break.

Our Referrers work or volunteer for a variety of organisations including schools, children/family services, children’s centres, other charities such as Barnardos or Shelter, refuges and domestic abuse support teams, and housing associations.

If you want to register with us as a referrer, please visit our Advice For Referrers page first.

Please make sure you have read our Frequently Asked Questions and our “What Happens Next?” pages.