A mother and her young baby sit on a sandy beach

Beside the seaside

Many people are lucky enough to share idyllic memories of childhood summer holidays, abroad or on the coast of Britain.

But for homeless families and young adults, taking any kind of holiday can seem like an unrealistic dream.

Church Housing Trust is pleased to fund trips that let hostel residents take much-needed breaks and enjoy new experiences.

This summer, we funded a trip for 19 adults and 21 children to visit the seaside at Scarborough. They are currently residents of Judith House, a refuge for families escaping domestic violence.

The day out was put together by the scheme’s staff so that the women and children could experience the seaside on their school holiday – some for the first time in their lives.

They could spend the time on their own, or with staff and other residents playing games on the beach. A support worker said that they all really enjoyed the day. Most explored Scarborough in the morning, and then joined with staff and each other on the beach to build sandcastles, paddle and eat ice creams.

Some of the women said that it was a lovely day out, built their confidence and was a “nice taste of normality”, something that may have been sadly lacking from their lives until that point.

The majority of the group had never been to the beach before, and appreciated the chance to take their minds off their own problems.

Another group of residents, this time from Vaughan House in Guildford, went to Littlehampton for the day.

They were blessed with glorious sunshine, and had a great day riding on the miniature railway, eating fish and chips, and hanging out on the beach.

Now these people have some lovely memories to share as they rebuild their lives.

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