NOTE: Our 2018 volunteer application process is now officially closed. Please consider volunteering with us in summer 2019 - check back here in January! We also need year-round help with fundraising.


Help a child have the holiday of a lifetime!

For dates and venues of this year's holidays, please visit our holidays page.

Being a volunteer helper on a Newman Trust holiday is a wonderfully rewarding experience. You will enable deserving children to have a holiday of a lifetime and contribute to a unique experience for all involved. The holidays are FUN, FULFILLING and strangely ADDICTIVE!

That said the holidays are tiring and sometimes emotionally demanding. Real commitment is required before the holiday and on the week.

All new helpers are required to attend a recruitment session to meet a representative from the holiday so we can complete background checks. On the holiday itself it can be tough work looking after someone with additional needs and you'll need to put every effort into helping your child and working within the group. However, there's a lot of support, it’s great fun, and incredibly rewarding.

No prior training is needed - just a strong will to help others, lots of energy, and a sense of humour. There is also a very supportive and friendly environment with the more experienced helpers actively helping those newer to the role.

Five key things to know

  1. The helper role:  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.
  2. Accommodation: 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.
  3. Age: Helpers must be 18 years old or over by the start of the holiday.
  4. Holiday length: Each holiday is a week long (usually Saturday to Saturday).  You have to be able to attend the entire week.
  5. Availability: By agreeing to a place we are counting on you. If you drop out before the holiday or fail to turn up a child will have to be sent home - their holiday, and their family's respite, will be ruined.  You are welcome to apply now while confirming your availability but only accept a place once you know you will be free to attend.

To find out more about being a volunteer read our FAQs for volunteers.

How to apply…

1) Fill in the application form on this website.

2) Applications finally close on Saturday 31st March 2018. Holiday Organisers will aim to confirm whether or not you have a place on a holiday by the end of April 2018.

3) If you are successful in getting a place, we will be in contact with details of how to complete the background checks and to arrange to meet you at one of our recruitment sessions across the country.

4) More details about the venue, when exactly to arrive, what to bring etc for your particular holiday will be sent to you by the Holiday Organiser.

For more information on the application process and to apply please see: New volunteers or Returning volunteers.

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