SSAFA’S Short Breaks

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SSAFA’S Short Breaks

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has announced it is now taking bookings for this year’s Short Breaks weeks taking place on 28th May – 3rd June and 29th July – 4th August. The SSAFA Short Breaks offer new experiences and activities for children, young people and families from the Naval community.

Each year, the UK’s oldest Armed Forces charity, SSAFA, offers two free week-long adventure breaks; The Siblings and Young Carer Break for children aged 8-12 only, and The Family Break for families with a child with an additional need or disability.

The Siblings and Young Carer Break is an exciting opportunity for children to gain independence, and bond with other children who come from a Forces background. Children are encouraged to relax and have fun, whilst taking part in a range of exciting activities, such as go carting, quad biking, bush craft games, abseiling, archery, low ropes, and lots of other team orientated games.

The Family Break is an occasion for Naval families to spend quality time together, which can be particularly difficult when serving parents are frequently living away from home, or there is an additional need or disability within the family. Family members are given their own room on site, and invited to take part in a variety of exciting activities throughout the week, including horse riding, kayaking, biking, sailing, swimming, archery, abseiling and bush craft.

Frances Robinson, SSAFA Short Breaks Leader, says: “We are extremely excited about this year’s Siblings and Young Carer Break and Family Break.

The Breaks are an invaluable opportunity for young people and families to challenge themselves and have fun together in a safe, supported environment. They are also an incredibly rewarding experience for those of us, at SSAFA, who are there to provide help and support.

The Short Breaks are always very popular among the Naval community and spaces get booked up very quickly, so we encourage families to submit their bookings as soon as possible.”


Siblings and Young Carers Break

When: 28th May – 3rd June

Where: Kingswood Staffordshire

This break is for children aged 8-12 only. Children are accompanied by trained and vetted volunteers, along with SSAFA staff and the trained activity instructors at the centre itself.

Daily activities include: Go carting, quad biking, laser zone, bush craft games, abseiling, archery, low ropes, team games, fencing, caving, and camp fire.

Family Break

When: 29th July – 4th August 2017

Where: Calvert Trust Exmoor

Families attending this break must have a child with an additional need or disability in their family. There must be at least one parent attending this break alongside their children (aged 8-14 only).

Daily activities include: horse riding, kayaking, biking, sailing, archery, abseiling, bush craft, low ropes.

Recent veterans may also apply (who have left the services in the last year), however priority for spaces on the break will be given to serving families or reservists.

For more information about the Siblings and Young Carer break or Family break, please click here. 

To apply for the Short Breaks or to find out about volunteering opportunities, contact Hannah Wiltshire on or call 0207 463 9275.