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The Newman Holiday Trust runs holidays for young people. Sometimes we call it the Newman Trust – it’s the same thing!
The holidays are great fun for everyone who goes. That includes the adults!

Most helpers are given a child to look after for the week. The level of care required will depend on each helper’s experience. Care can include help with washing, dressing, feeding etc, but most of all ensuring they have a great week. The holidays are jam packed with activities so this isn’t hard.

Lots of adults help on the holiday to make it go well. You will have one adult with you all the time.

If you are a girl the helper will be a woman and if you are a boy the helper will be a man.

Your helper will make sure you have everything you need to enjoy yourself. He or she will show you around and help you as much you need. It is your choice when you want them to help you.

A nurse will be on the holiday to look after everyone, give people medicine and help anyone who might have hurt themselves.

No, in fact the vast majority of first time helpers have no experience at all.

To ensure that everyone is comfortable and able to help, the Trust provides a comprehensive training session on each holiday before the children arrive. What’s more, the holiday organisers and the more experienced helpers are always willing and available to help.

Young people between the ages of 4 and 16 years old go on the holidays.

There is usually a wide mix of ages.

Some people from your own school might go.

Most children who go on our holidays make new friends.

All the holidays are a week long and take place during July and August. See our Holidays page for full details of the locations and dates of this summer’s holidays. The holidays start with a day’s worth of time to get to know everyone, settle in and receive training.

The holiday is about a week long.

It will be during your long school summer holiday – that leaves you with loads of time to do other things too!)

The trust does not charge volunteers for accommodation, food, activities etc. Helpers will have to pay for their own drinks in the evening and any pre/post holiday socialising.

There will be lots of fun things to do on the holiday.

You might go to a theme park, or see a magic show, or play football, or go to a disco… You can ask the holiday organiser about some of the things that you might do on your holiday.

Each venue is different. On most holidays you are likely to share a room with your child and another helper with their child. Some holidays may require you to bring your own bedding or sleeping bag. The Holiday Organisers will let you know what to bring nearer the week.

Nobody will make you do anything you don’t want to do on the holiday.

Nobody will tease you or think badly of you for not wanting to do an activity.

If you do not want to do an activity you can tell your helper and they will sort things out for you.

It is good to try new things! You can probably think of things that you enjoy now that used to make you nervous.

Helpers will have to make their own way to and from the venue, although it may be possible to get a lift with other volunteers (especially to/from the train station). The holiday organisers will send out directions and the location of the nearest mainline train station nearer the week.

Your holiday organiser will tell you about the place you are going to be staying at.

You can ask them any other questions you have.

Helpers must be 18 years old or over by the start of the holiday.

There will be rooms with several beds in them.

Your helper will sleep in another bed in the same room as you.

There will be other young people and adult helpers sleeping in the same room as you.

Doing things this way helps us to help each other. It can also be fun!

When you go to bed, your helper will go to have a break before they go to bed. Other adult helpers will be around to help you if you need it at this time.

As all the holidays are nearly a full week, volunteering will count towards this part of your award. Please note that a genuine desire to help on a holiday will be necessary to gain a place, we do not exist to help volunteers gain their D of E awards.

Breakfast is ready to eat at a set time each morning. You can ask your holiday organiser when this is.

We usually meet together as a group in the morning to find out about the day and maybe sing a song or two.

On many days we will probably then get on a coach and go on a trip.

In the evening, we usually meet up again for a short, quiet session before people go to bed.

You will probably go to bed at about the same time as you do at home.

The holiday is full of activities and fresh air. Many people find that they are tired at the end of the day and may even go to bed a bit earlier than they might do at home.

No. The Trust has volunteers (and children) from many different religions, races, and nationalities.

For many young people, the holiday is the first time they have been away from their family.

Nearly all children feel nervous before a holiday like this.

You might feel a bit homesick, especially on the first couple of days and nights. But most people find they are so busy and enjoying it so much that they forget about homesickness!

You will have a chance to send a postcard to your family during the week, and make a phone call too.

You will keep a diary during the holiday so that your family can find out about all the fun you had when you get back. Your helper will help you write your postcard and diary if you want.

You will need to fill in the helper application form, providing two references to support your application. We will also carry out an online check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (previously known as the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)), (or Scottish Disclosure if applying in Scotland) to make sure you are deemed suitable for working with children. You will fill in this form online and then we will verify your Identification Documents when we meet you on one of the recruitment days.

Read more about our background checks »

It is true that most of the time you will be with a group, usually doing a planned activity.

BUT there are plenty of times when you will be able to relax. It’s your choice.

Your helper will need to be nearby (that’s their job!), but you can still do things by yourself, like reading or drawing.

There are currently six holidays in five locations (see The holidays page). North to South the holidays takes children from Perthshire (Scotland), Newcastle & Middlesbrough, Manchester, Birmingham, Berkshire/Oxfordshire, and London.

The Trust provides holidays each summer for over 120 children with disabilities aged 5-16 from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. Children are usually recommended for a holiday either by Social Services or Special Schools, although, we will consider applications from any source.

We receive a high volume of applicants with either physical or learning disabilities through questionnaires, discussions and home visits. We try to select those who will benefit most.

Our selection is based on:
a) the child’s individual needs,
b) the Trust’s ability to provide a suitable carer,
and
c) the parents or guardians circumstances.

Of course, that depends on what food you like!

There will be a choice of foods at each meal.

The people who cook the food will know about any allergies you might have.

Even if you didn’t like any of the food on offer at a meal, you could tell your helper and they would do their best to give you something to eat.

No one needs to go hungry on a Newman Trust holiday!

Activities may include theme park and cinema trips, creative workshops, swimming, horse riding, bouncy castles, organised visits from the fire brigade and Armed Forces, magic and talent shows, discos and many more. The holidays also allow for quieter, more relaxed moments. Children might choose board games, arts and crafts, or qualified physiotherapy and each day ends calmly with a gathering, in which everyone can reflect on the day’s activities.

Your holiday organiser will have a list of things that you need to bring.

Don’t worry if you don’t have everything on the list. There’s no need to rush out and buy new things!

Just make sure your parent, career or the holiday organiser knows, and things will be sorted out for you.

NO!

Some of the people from your school might be there!

There are no lessons! No work! No homework!

Most of the holidays are based in a school of some sort, but all the school’s children will be away on holiday.

Some things might feel a bit like school, like eating dinner in a hall with other children.

But this is a HOLIDAY – you are there to have fun, and the adults are there to help you do that!

You can ask your holiday organiser any other questions you might have.

You might find answers to your questions on this website.

On this website there are photos of holidays from recent years. There are also the things that other young people have said about the holidays.

Nearly everyone who comes on our holidays has a great time. And most of them felt nervous about it before they went!

We hope to see you some time!

The Newman Holiday Trust runs holidays for young people. Sometimes we call it the Newman Trust – it’s the same thing!
The holidays are great fun for everyone who goes. That includes the adults!

Lots of adults help on the holiday to make it go well. You will have one adult with you all the time.

If you are a girl the helper will be a woman and if you are a boy the helper will be a man.

Your helper will make sure you have everything you need to enjoy yourself. He or she will show you around and help you as much you need. It is your choice when you want them to help you.

A nurse will be on the holiday to look after everyone, give people medicine and help anyone who might have hurt themselves.

Young people between the ages of 4 and 16 years old go on the holidays.

There is usually a wide mix of ages.

Some people from your own school might go.

Most children who go on our holidays make new friends.

The holiday is about a week long.

It will be during your long school summer holiday – that leaves you with loads of time to do other things too!)

There will be lots of fun things to do on the holiday.

You might go to a theme park, or see a magic show, or play football, or go to a disco… You can ask the holiday organiser about some of the things that you might do on your holiday.

Nobody will make you do anything you don’t want to do on the holiday.

Nobody will tease you or think badly of you for not wanting to do an activity.

If you do not want to do an activity you can tell your helper and they will sort things out for you.

It is good to try new things! You can probably think of things that you enjoy now that used to make you nervous.

Your holiday organiser will tell you about the place you are going to be staying at.

You can ask them any other questions you have.

There will be rooms with several beds in them.

Your helper will sleep in another bed in the same room as you.

There will be other young people and adult helpers sleeping in the same room as you.

Doing things this way helps us to help each other. It can also be fun!

When you go to bed, your helper will go to have a break before they go to bed. Other adult helpers will be around to help you if you need it at this time.

Breakfast is ready to eat at a set time each morning. You can ask your holiday organiser when this is.

We usually meet together as a group in the morning to find out about the day and maybe sing a song or two.

On many days we will probably then get on a coach and go on a trip.

In the evening, we usually meet up again for a short, quiet session before people go to bed.

You will probably go to bed at about the same time as you do at home.

The holiday is full of activities and fresh air. Many people find that they are tired at the end of the day and may even go to bed a bit earlier than they might do at home.

For many young people, the holiday is the first time they have been away from their family.

Nearly all children feel nervous before a holiday like this.

You might feel a bit homesick, especially on the first couple of days and nights. But most people find they are so busy and enjoying it so much that they forget about homesickness!

You will have a chance to send a postcard to your family during the week, and make a phone call too.

You will keep a diary during the holiday so that your family can find out about all the fun you had when you get back. Your helper will help you write your postcard and diary if you want.

It is true that most of the time you will be with a group, usually doing a planned activity.

BUT there are plenty of times when you will be able to relax. It’s your choice.

Your helper will need to be nearby (that’s their job!), but you can still do things by yourself, like reading or drawing.

There are currently six holidays in five locations (see The holidays page). North to South the holidays takes children from Perthshire (Scotland), Newcastle & Middlesbrough, Manchester, Birmingham, Berkshire/Oxfordshire, and London.

The Trust provides holidays each summer for over 120 children with disabilities aged 5-16 from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. Children are usually recommended for a holiday either by Social Services or Special Schools, although, we will consider applications from any source.

We receive a high volume of applicants with either physical or learning disabilities through questionnaires, discussions and home visits. We try to select those who will benefit most.

Our selection is based on:
a) the child’s individual needs,
b) the Trust’s ability to provide a suitable carer,
and
c) the parents or guardians circumstances.

Of course, that depends on what food you like!

There will be a choice of foods at each meal.

The people who cook the food will know about any allergies you might have.

Even if you didn’t like any of the food on offer at a meal, you could tell your helper and they would do their best to give you something to eat.

No one needs to go hungry on a Newman Trust holiday!

Activities may include theme park and cinema trips, creative workshops, swimming, horse riding, bouncy castles, organised visits from the fire brigade and Armed Forces, magic and talent shows, discos and many more. The holidays also allow for quieter, more relaxed moments. Children might choose board games, arts and crafts, or qualified physiotherapy and each day ends calmly with a gathering, in which everyone can reflect on the day’s activities.

Your holiday organiser will have a list of things that you need to bring.

Don’t worry if you don’t have everything on the list. There’s no need to rush out and buy new things!

Just make sure your parent, career or the holiday organiser knows, and things will be sorted out for you.

NO!

Some of the people from your school might be there!

There are no lessons! No work! No homework!

Most of the holidays are based in a school of some sort, but all the school’s children will be away on holiday.

Some things might feel a bit like school, like eating dinner in a hall with other children.

But this is a HOLIDAY – you are there to have fun, and the adults are there to help you do that!

You can ask your holiday organiser any other questions you might have.

You might find answers to your questions on this website.

On this website there are photos of holidays from recent years. There are also the things that other young people have said about the holidays.

Nearly everyone who comes on our holidays has a great time. And most of them felt nervous about it before they went!

We hope to see you some time!

The Newman Holiday Trust runs holidays for young people. Sometimes we call it the Newman Trust – it’s the same thing!
The holidays are great fun for everyone who goes. That includes the adults!

All the holidays are a week long and take place during July and August. See our Holidays page for full details of the locations and dates of this summer’s holidays. The holidays start with a day’s worth of time to get to know everyone, settle in and receive training.

Each venue is different. On most holidays you are likely to share a room with your child and another helper with their child. Some holidays may require you to bring your own bedding or sleeping bag. The Holiday Organisers will let you know what to bring nearer the week.

Helpers will have to make their own way to and from the venue, although it may be possible to get a lift with other volunteers (especially to/from the train station). The holiday organisers will send out directions and the location of the nearest mainline train station nearer the week.

Activities may include theme park and cinema trips, creative workshops, swimming, horse riding, bouncy castles, organised visits from the fire brigade and Armed Forces, magic and talent shows, discos and many more. The holidays also allow for quieter, more relaxed moments. Children might choose board games, arts and crafts, or qualified physiotherapy and each day ends calmly with a gathering, in which everyone can reflect on the day’s activities.

The Newman Holiday Trust runs holidays for young people. Sometimes we call it the Newman Trust – it’s the same thing!
The holidays are great fun for everyone who goes. That includes the adults!

Most helpers are given a child to look after for the week. The level of care required will depend on each helper’s experience. Care can include help with washing, dressing, feeding etc, but most of all ensuring they have a great week. The holidays are jam packed with activities so this isn’t hard.

No, in fact the vast majority of first time helpers have no experience at all.

To ensure that everyone is comfortable and able to help, the Trust provides a comprehensive training session on each holiday before the children arrive. What’s more, the holiday organisers and the more experienced helpers are always willing and available to help.

The trust does not charge volunteers for accommodation, food, activities etc. Helpers will have to pay for their own drinks in the evening and any pre/post holiday socialising.

Each venue is different. On most holidays you are likely to share a room with your child and another helper with their child. Some holidays may require you to bring your own bedding or sleeping bag. The Holiday Organisers will let you know what to bring nearer the week.

Helpers will have to make their own way to and from the venue, although it may be possible to get a lift with other volunteers (especially to/from the train station). The holiday organisers will send out directions and the location of the nearest mainline train station nearer the week.

Helpers must be 18 years old or over by the start of the holiday.

As all the holidays are nearly a full week, volunteering will count towards this part of your award. Please note that a genuine desire to help on a holiday will be necessary to gain a place, we do not exist to help volunteers gain their D of E awards.

No. The Trust has volunteers (and children) from many different religions, races, and nationalities.

You will need to fill in the helper application form, providing two references to support your application. We will also carry out an online check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (previously known as the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)), (or Scottish Disclosure if applying in Scotland) to make sure you are deemed suitable for working with children. You will fill in this form online and then we will verify your Identification Documents when we meet you on one of the recruitment days.

Read more about our background checks »

There are currently six holidays in five locations (see The holidays page). North to South the holidays takes children from Perthshire (Scotland), Newcastle & Middlesbrough, Manchester, Birmingham, Berkshire/Oxfordshire, and London.

Activities may include theme park and cinema trips, creative workshops, swimming, horse riding, bouncy castles, organised visits from the fire brigade and Armed Forces, magic and talent shows, discos and many more. The holidays also allow for quieter, more relaxed moments. Children might choose board games, arts and crafts, or qualified physiotherapy and each day ends calmly with a gathering, in which everyone can reflect on the day’s activities.

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If you would like more information before you apply, feel free to get in touch via the main Contact us page or the contact details at the bottom of the screen.

The Newman Holiday Trust Training Manual, available to download here – it may answer other questions you might have. Please note that this is largely a reference manual, no one would expect helpers to learn it all.

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