Family walking in the woods

Free breaks for families

Lending a helping hand

We're offering a free two-night stay with meals in our Youth Hostels in England and Wales to families struggling with financial hardship, disability, long-term illness, bereavement, homelessness or other challenging circumstances, to enable them to enjoy quality family time.

YHA recognises the benefits of time away from the normal home environment in strengthening relationships and believes that family time is the cornerstone of children’s happiness and wellbeing. We've found that families struggling with bereavement, homelessness or long-term disability and illness often struggle with financial hardship that limit their ability to take a break, at a time when they need it most to make happy memories, build bonds, and heal emotional scars.

Up to two adults and their children can apply to the Family Breaks programme for a short break.

The Family Breaks fund enables more of the UK’s 2.17 million families in the UK who are unable to afford a break at any time of the year, to benefit from much needed time away from normal life and give them the opportunity to leave behind the stresses of everyday life and bond as a family.

All the Youth Hostels available within the programme are located within city, rural and coastal areas that are easily accessible by public transport. Families will be provided with a private room and meals throughout their stay.

Our Breaks Programme aims to reach young people and families with the most challenging lives and provide them with life changing experiences.

Applications now closed

Applications for our Family Breaks Programme are now closed. They will re-open again in May 2018.