YHA Breaks Programme
The Youth Hostel Association's (YHA) Breaks Programme focuses on young people who would not be able to access a break or holiday without support.
It has four individual programmes:
The Educational Support Programme helps children from financially disadvantaged backgrounds take part in school or community group trips.
Groups are able to apply for support for up to 10 individual pupils, for up to 50% of the programme costs. All requests for assistance must be made by completing an application form to apply for an advertised educational break.
The children/young people must live in severe poverty, have additional challenges and eligible for the pupil premium. The children must be resident in England or Wales.
The Family Breaks Programme helps families experiencing financial difficulties, bereavement, disability, life threatening illness and other opportunity-limiting factors.
The child or young person must be between the ages of 2 and 18 (up to 19th birthday).
The Challenging Lives Programme aims to reach children and young people who are or have experienced life threatening medical or mental health conditions, bereavement or homelessness.
The child or young person must be aged between 8 and 18 years and must live in an area of deprivation.
This is open to young carers.
The Challenging Places Programme assists those in areas of highest deprivation.
It is able to offer groups a 2 night break package at a YHA destination.
Children and young people must be aged 8 to 18 years.
To apply: Schools, registered charities, community and voluntary organisations can apply on behalf of any individual or group of young people who meet the YHA criteria.
There is a separate application form for Family Breaks.