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January 2019 Local Offer News

YHA Family breaks fund

The Family Breaks fund from the Youth Hostel Association offers a free 2-night stay with meals in Youth Hostels in England and Wales to families struggling with financial hardship, disability, long-term illness, bereavement, homelessness or other challenging circumstances. One break per year at a YHA Youth Hostel (listed on the website) is available to families with up to 2 adults & children aged 2-18 years (0-2 years in crisis and emergency situations) where the family has an annual household income below £25,000 (gross) & where the break will make a significant difference to the child or young person’s life.  The following criteria apply:

  • A child is disabled or has a life limiting or threatening condition 
  • The family has experienced homelessness or are living in temporary accommodation
  • The family has witnessed or experienced domestic violence
  • The family has experienced bereavement (either the loss of a parent or sibling)
  • The family includes a young carer
  • The family has lives in an area of deprivation. 

How to apply: Deadline: The application window closes on the 31st January 2019.


NW SEND Regional Network Newsletter December 2018


The Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme has been commissioned to look in more details into the deaths of people with kearning disabilities full details can be found here.  They also have a leaflet explaining how you can assist them if you know someone with learning disabilites who has recently died.