Respite Holidays

Outfit Moray offer holiday and respite breaks for vulnerable and disadvantaged children from across Moray. This initiative provides a week’s holiday break for children and young people who would otherwise not get a break in that year and in particular children who live in poverty, are young carers or who have recently lost a parent. It also covers military children in Moray, who are separated from the rest of their family by distance or have a parent who is away from home due to work commitments.

Respite holidays

Current statistics indicate that 1 in 5 children in Scotland live in poverty. In Moray 18.2% of children and young people live in poverty with the figure rising to over 22% in Elgin, Forres and Buckie.

In a recent national survey carried out by The Princes Trust and Macquarie, 22% of young people living in poverty believe that no-one cares about them, 26% have never trusted anyone and for 21% no-one has ever said ‘I love you’. This latter figure rises to 54% in young people who have no role model.

Outfit’s holiday breaks are designed to inspire new confidence and give children the chance to have fun, try new things, get involved in outdoor learning, be creative and form positive childhood memories. These holidays will be provided in a residential context with one adult mentor supporting two children throughout the week.

If you work with children on a professional, or voluntary basis, and know of a child who could benefit from one of our holiday and respite breaks then please complete our Referral Form and return it to our Programme Team. If successful, the child’s parent or guardian will then be required to complete a Consent and Medical Form.

Outfit Moray’s holiday and respite breaks wouldn’t be possible without a dedicated team of volunteers, and we’re always looking for more people with specific experience and empathy who really want to make a difference to young lives. If you think you are a positive role model, and you’d like to offer your help with one of our  breaks, then please complete our Volunteer Application Form.

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Outfit Moray for all the opportunities they have provided for the children and young people supported by Moray Women’s Aid.

In the summer holidays young people accessing our service where able to attend a residential trip to Badaguish. As an organisation we were very impressed by how welcoming the team were to partnership working and we found the referral process for the residential trip very clear, easy and quick to complete which is a real benefit in a busy work setting.

The difference I saw in one of our young people taking part was amazing. He started the week withdrawn, angry with the world around him and unable to follow or accept guidance. He struggled to engage appropriately with peers or staff present. However, as the week progressed, he relaxed, his body language changed, he was able to follow instruction and accept boundaries and seek support from staff. He built good working relationships with peers and staff and best of all had fun. It is hard to put into words the difference we all saw in him. Gone was the tense watchful and wary individual and instead we found a helpful, funny lad who could ‘fit in’. In that week his self confidence and self-esteem received a much-needed boost.

Since then we have had two further days out with Outfit Moray and again have seen children and young people learn team work, problem-solving skills, overcome fears, build self-esteem and best of all smile and this is something that should never be underestimated!

Heart felt thanks for all the team do and the opportunities they provide to children and young people in Moray.

Elaine Adam, Moray Women's Aid