The number of children denied even a simple break has increased by a horrendous 25% to 5 million since 2005.

World Travel Market 2015, ExCeL, London – Holidays Matter Conference. John McDonald, Director Family Holiday Association
World Travel Market 2015, ExCeL, London – Holidays Matter Conference. John McDonald, Director Family Holiday Association

The Holidays Matter network held its annual conference at World Travel Market on Thursday 5 November 2015. My opening remarks cited some recent and eye-opening analysis of Office for National Statistics data by Professor David Gordon.

I would like to welcome you to the 4th annual Holidays Matter Conference here in the centre of one of the world’s largest travel trade exhibitions. An appropriate venue for an organisation that sees the travel industry at the very core of its work.

The Holiday Matters network currently consists of some 20 member organisations. Cumulatively these 20 organisations supported 150,000 people access a break last year with an estimated value of £5m. Although the Family Holiday Association has provided the initial support, we see the network and this conference as independent of the charity. It is a means of bringing like-minded organisations together to allow us share, to learn and to explore new avenues of working. That is the purpose of today. Continue reading

Glasgow City Council joins the Holidays Matter network.

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On the first day of Glasgow schools’ summer break one of the country’s largest local authorities joined the Holidays Matter network.

Speaking at the City Chambers on Thursday 25 June Cllr. Stephen Curran said “As Executive Member for Education and Young People I am committing the Council to signing up to support the Holidays Matter network. Given that our schools broke up for the summer holiday period on Wednesday afternoon, I thought it was an excellent opportunity to celebrate the network’s role and some of the Council’s own offer in the city for families.”

LordProvostGlasgow’s Lord Provost Councillor Sadie Docherty spoke of how she was shocked at just how many children were missing out on what the City had to offer. When she became Lord Provost in 2012 she had set herself the task of visiting every one of the city’s 150 schools; and when talking with pupils, many from quite deprived areas in the city, many children told her they had never visited any of the city’s most iconic venues and museums. Continue reading