MSP hails low cost respite holidays

Glasgow Labour MSP Anne McTaggart has thrown her support behind the Drumchapel Caravan Project, a charitable co-operative that supports families on low incomes who are also facing challenging circumstances.

The charity have two brand new disabled access caravans in Berwick upon Tweed, purchased through a funding campaign launched in 2011 which raised £80,000. They provide a range of resources to families to ensure that poverty is not a barrier to accessing a much needed break from home.

The services they provide include free door-to-door transport to and from the holiday centre, free passes to the entertainment complex, free fruit and vegetable packs, free oral hygiene packs, information on home and holiday safety and ‘Taster packs’ of services families can access when they return home.

Funded by Glasgow Housing Associations (GHA) Better Lives programme, the charity is able to provide respite breaks to GHA customers living in poverty and facing challenging circumstances through its Short Break Service. GHA customers who live in the north-west area of Glasgow are able to visit their local GHA office for further information on how they can access this service.

Ms McTaggart said “This is a really special charity that provides an amazing service to people on low incomes who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford to go for a short break. As a former community worker in Drumchapel I am fully aware of the difficulties that people in the area face. We all know of the benefits that having a holiday can have on our personal and family lives and low income should not be a barrier to participation in holiday and leisure activities. Often those who cannot afford a holiday are the ones that need it the most.

Although a short break can last only a few days it can bring families closer together and increase individual’s confidence, increase the social and support networks of parents, carers and families, and improve people’s mental health and wellbeing.

The impact that the Drumchapel Caravan Project can have on peoples’ lives is incredible and I pay tribute to them for having the vision and dedicating the time and effort into turning that vision in to reality. I am also aware that the charity is a Glasgow Living Wage employer which is so important as many of the people who benefit from the work they do can’t afford a holiday due to the fact they work hard but are so lowly paid they still live in poverty.”

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