If you have a child with a disability and/or additional needs, then SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity’s activity breaks for families might just be what your family needs. It’s an opportunity to spend quality time together, to try fun and exciting activities and to meet others in similar situations.
The free break gives you a chance to get away from the home environment and to not have to think about daily life.
You’ll get the chance to try activities together that challenge you, giving you the chance to achieve and build in confidence as a family. Peer to peer support plays a huge role as you meet others in similar situations.
Meeting the challenge
Last year, SSAFA ran its annual family break in October at the Calvert Trust Exmoor, despite COVID-19’s challenging circumstances. Due to social distancing measures, it could only take half of the centre’s capacity. Eight families attended and spent the week trying activities such as rock climbing, abseiling and canoeing.
A family member who attended says: “My husband and I worked all through the first lockdown with only a couple of days’ leave, and even then we were working in the evenings, so this break was very much needed. We all had a brilliant time trying new things and spending quality time together without the distraction of work and games
consoles. The week really helped us to recharge our batteries and make lots of memories together.”
And for this year, the future is looking bright too thanks to some generous donations. SSAFA has two short breaks planned to run, one in the Lake District in August and the other in Devon in October.
Find out more
More details and opening dates for applications are available at ssafa.org.uk