SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, is taking applications for four free short breaks in 2024, catering for serving and reservist families who have a child with an additional need or disability.

The short breaks will take place at Calvert Trust sites in the Lake District and on Exmoor. This is a great opportunity for families to spend quality time together and make memories, while trying new activities and connecting with other military families in a similar situation.

The adventurous activities on offer include kayaking, rock climbing, horse-riding, and archery for all abilities. A previous participant said, “All the children and myself really enjoyed our break, but the boys were in their element. It’s not often we find places where they fit in and can completely be their true selves. Some of the activities we never imagined they would be able to do …”

The dates for the short breaks are as follows:

May 10 – 12 Calvert Trust Lake District

July 22 – 26 Calvert Trust Lake District

Aug 19 – 23 Calvert Trust Exmoor

Oct 28 – Nov 1 Calvert Trust Exmoor  

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