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Breaks for Kids
Breaks for Kids is a charitable fund that YHA operates to help children from financially disadvantaged backgrounds, when they take part in a school or community group break away.
The bursaries that YHA offers through Breaks for Kids are available (subject to sufficient funds), to children whose families are in receipt of income support or housing benefit and those children who receive free school meals. The children must also be permanent residents of England and Wales.
Teachers and group leaders can apply for up to 50% support for each eligible individual.
Breaks for Kids supports children to take part in a short YHA hostel break giving them life-enhancing experiences through adventurous educational stays that they would be excluded from without the support provided.
The Breaks for Kids experience offers education outside of the classroom and promotes personal and team/social development and environmental awareness through exciting activities and challenges.
At YHA we believe that every young person should have the opportunity to travel to a new place, learn vital new life skills and discover new environments.
Every child should have the chance to enjoy some time away – to make friends, to grow in confidence, to increase self- awareness and to feel engaged and involved.
Without the help of our donors and supporters, some of the young people who stay with YHA through Breaks for Kids would never have this opportunity because they simply can’t afford it. The Breaks for Kids initiative, which has been running for almost 20 years is fully funded by individual donations, solicited gifts and grants from charitable trusts.
Every application is carefully vetted and we only support children within groups that meet the criteria.
How to Apply
Last year over 5,500 children from disadvantaged families were included and enjoyed a first taste of independent travel with the opportunity to see a whole new world away from their normal daily lives.
Applications are considered on the following basis:
- The number of children in the group who are entitled to free school meals.
- Or, in a family that receives income support and/or housing benefit.
To apply please visit: http://www.yha.org.uk/school-trips/breaks-for-kids