Visit York is working with the Family Holiday Association to help give struggling families get a short break or day out in York.

In partnership with YHA York and York Pass attractions we’ve helped over 250 struggling families since 2015, raising over £9,000 to date.

Read one of the families story of how Make It York and Family Holiday Association have helped them have a break in York here.

About the Family Holiday Association

The Family Holiday Association is the only national charity dedicated to providing breaks and day trips for families coping with some of the toughest challenges life can bring. For families they help, a break can provide a new sense of hope and happiness, creating precious memories for the future.

Millions of families in the UK struggle daily with challenges such as severe and long-term illness, bereavement, mental health issues, disability and domestic violence. Often these families don’t have the confidence or resources to arrange a break away from home, and yet evidence shows that even the simplest break results in stronger, healthier and happier families and communities.

All the families they help are referred by somebody working with them in a supporting role, such as a teacher or social worker. That way they can be sure the funds they raise help the families who will benefit the most. Every day they are reminded of how a simple break can be life changing for the families they work with. Because a little sunshine goes a long way.

Opportunities for your business to get involved

We are looking for new accommodation partners to come on board by offering the Family Holiday Association 2 night stays in the city that can paired up with the York Pass to create a great city break for struggling families.

If your organisation would like to support the project they Family Holiday Association would love to hear from you. Please contact Alex Bunney at , call 020 3117 0651 or complete the response form.

Why get involved?

  • Support a charity linked to the tourism industry
  • Target families who are most in need
  • Simple
  • Creates good news stories & PR for your business
  • Increase footfall during quieter times of the year
  • Knowing you’re making a difference to local families
  • Show your support using the Family Holiday Association provider ‘stamp’

The Family Holidays Association is the single point of contact, they do the matching with the families and referrers. All you have to do is provide your normal excellent welcome. Once the visit has happened, the Family Holiday Association provide feedback and quotes highlighting the difference that your contribution has made.

Find out more about their current partners here