Schools, charities, and community organisations seeking to offer breaks for disadvantaged children, young people and their families can apply for support for a residential stay in England and Wales.

The Youth Hostel Association’s Breaks Programme offers bursaries to primary schools, secondary schools, special schools, schools offering alternative provision and colleges to help meet the costs of a residential trip. Schools should meet the following criteria.

  • based in area of high social deprivation
  • have high numbers (upwards of 20%) of children receiving pupil premium or free school meals

The programme also offers fully or part-funded residential trips to groups of young people and families facing challenges that make travel and adventure difficult to access.

This can include:

  • charities and community groups
  • young carers
  • young people with disabilities and/or health conditions
  • young people with additional needs
  • refugees and migrant groups
  • young people and families at risk of being homeless
  • young people and families from deprived areas
  • those in home education networks

Residential stays are arranged via application or referral from partner organisations including charities, community groups and home education networks.