Fancy making jam from wild plums to a recipe your Bosnian visitor remembers from home? How about taking a young Kurdish refugee to play crazy golf for the first time?
The Holiday Scheme provides supporters with an opportunity to play a more active role in helping torture survivors to integrate into British society.
Most of the people we work with live in crowded asylum accommodations and have very little money. They often experience a deep sense of social isolation, and are simply not able to enjoy a break from the stress of life as an asylum seeker.
However, life wasn't always like this. Before being tortured and forced to flee – many of them had a good standard of living in their home countries and enjoyed the company of their families.
Thanks to the kindness of our supporters who open their homes to them, people rebuilding their lives after torture can have the opportunity to enjoy some much welcome change of pace and scenery.
During the last seven years, 682 adults and 386 children have been on holidays with our volunteers, thanks to the hospitality of 458 hosts from all over the UK.
I tried to understand M’s English and she tried to understand my Swahili and when all else failed - we just laughed together.
How the scheme works
Clients are matched to hosts according to interests, background and family size. Holiday Host coordinators provide host families with support and information about what to expect and how to plan activities for the stay.
Travel costs (including a limited amount of spending money) are met by Freedom from Torture.
We arrange Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) tests for hosts.
The host list is currently closed and Freedom from Torture is enormously grateful for all those who have hosted and continue to host client holidays. If you have a special and welcoming home to offer and would like to be considered to host in the future, please contact Philippa Hislop to be added to the holiday host waiting list. firstname.lastname@example.org