Taking the stress out of summer holidays

As schools prepare to close their doors for the long summer break, Perennial is here to help parents and carers worried about the additional cost of the school holidays.

We can support people working in horticulture with childcare costs, including holiday activity clubs such as play schemes,  to allow people to continue working during the busy summer season. We can also help meet the costs of additional food required over the summer break and help people access other sources of support depending on their situation.

Julia Hayne, Director of Services at Perennial, is keen to remind people about how Perennial can help. She says:

“Every parent wants their child to enjoy their summer break from school but for people working in horticulture, summer can be a busy season and it can be difficult to take time off work to look after children during the day. We understand that many parents and carers, despite careful budgeting, worry about the rising costs of raising a family, especially in the school holidays. We’re here to help alleviate some of the holiday stress with advice and financial support for families with at least one parent working in horticulture.”

For families whose children are in receipt of free school meals, which are not provided during the school holidays, the extra food costs associated with the summer break can put additional strain on already stretched budgets. Julia continues:

“It doesn’t take much to push a carefully planned monthly budget over the edge. Many of the people we help are successfully managing their money but we understand how extra meals, holiday childcare and activities can cause additional stress and we’re here to help with that. I’d like to encourage anyone who is worried about the forthcoming school holiday to contact us to find out how we can support them.”

Perennial helps people like David* and his wife Hannah who contacted Perennial last year before their children’s summer break. Hannah works full time and David is a self-employed gardener.

During term time David takes their two children to primary school and Hannah picks them up so they avoid paying childcare costs. In 2017 Hannah took time off work to cover part of the holiday period and then relied on a friend to help with childcare. This was not possible last year and as summer is David’s busiest period, he was unable to take time off.

The family had found a two week summer holiday club offering outdoor activities provided by their local authority, which both children could attend. Perennial supported the family by helping them pay for the summer school costs, allowing the couple to continue working and their children to enjoy an amazing holiday experience with their friends.

*Names and images have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals

If you, or someone you know, works in horticulture and needs extra support over the summer break, contact Perennial in confidence on 0800 093 8543, email services@perennial.org.uk or request support online here

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