Holidays with Host Families


What is it:

Have you ever seen a child’s face light up as they hear they’re going on holiday? A time to get away from it all, to relax and experience new things. Holidays, for most of us, offer an escape to new horizons, fun and adventure. For many families, however, holidays are out of reach. A third of Glasgow’s children live in poverty - that’s 36,000 children - many of whom may never enjoy a few days at the seaside or in the country. We are looking for volunteer hosts who can offer a break to a child. Holidays can help to improve self-esteem and promote better health and wellbeing.

We can only do this with the support of volunteers, in particular, host families and we are looking to recruit suitable hosts who can offer a disadvantaged child or children a holiday. Approved hosts provide a child(ren) a holiday in their home during the school holidays usually for one week and usually in July or early August each year. GCHS liaises with statutory and voluntary organisations who refer suitable children each year. The overall experience is extremely beneficial to the children and can also be very rewarding for the host family. Many report the great enjoyment they get from seeing the children’s reactions to their first sight of the seaside, mountains or wildlife, an outing or even ordinary experiences such as playing in a park or walking the dog. The children gain socially, educationally and emotionally from these new experiences.


All host applicants will be subject to a formal assessment including home visits, health checks, references and any host or adult family member must be disclosed in terms of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme.

To be considered as a host, completion of our application form together with the consent to enquiries form is required.

How to apply:

If you feel you might be interested in participating in the scheme as a host, or just want more information, please contact us at or by telephoning 0141 248 7255.

You can also download the Application form here and the Consent to enquiries form here and email it to us for consideration.