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Young people urged to apply for free holiday

PUBLISHED: 10:00 22 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:10 01 October 2018

YHA is offering free holidays for disadvantaged young people in Waveney. Picture: YHA

YHA is offering free holidays for disadvantaged young people in Waveney. Picture: YHA

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Disadvantaged young people in Waveney are being encouraged to submit applications for a free holiday.

YHA is offering free holidays for disadvantaged young people in Waveney. Picture: YHA
YHA is offering free holidays for disadvantaged young people in Waveney. Picture: YHA

YHA’s (Youth Hostel Association) Challenging Lives and Challenging Places programmes are designed to give deprived children aged eight to 18 an opportunity to go away for a two-night stay in a youth hostel.

Those living with a disability, a medical or mental health condition, or those who are recently bereaved, homeless or a young carer, are all eligible to apply up until November 1, 2018.

James Blake, chief executive of YHA in England and Wales, said: “YHA has been supporting young people for more than 85 years so we understand first-hand the benefits a short break can bring to their lives, particularly those living in difficult circumstances.

“Our breaks programmes are designed to give these young people an enriching and much needed getaway.”

Underpinned by YHA’s ethos of ‘where you go changes who you become’, the breaks programmes were launched after it was revealed more than two million children miss out on holidays because the challenges of daily life are too great.

Research has shown that a break can improve the health and wellbeing of children, increase their ability to cope with future challenges, improve behaviour and school attendance, build life skills and improve future prospects.

Groups of young people can choose to stay in youth hostels located within city, rural and coastal areas that are easily accessible by public transport. During the break they will be provided with accommodation and meals throughout their stay.

To apply for either a YHA Challenging Lives or Challenging Places break, visit www.yha.org.uk/apply-support.

Applications from social workers, schools and youth support workers are welcomed, with support available for groups of up to 12 young people.

For advice on completing the application, contact the YHA Breaks team by calling 01629 592 723, email to breaks@yha.org.uk, or visiting https://www.yha.org.uk/

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