As a charity, we’re here for all of the UK’s fire services community, as well as their spouses, partners and dependant – so ensuring we have a host of family services available to you is of the utmost importance.

Now, following the success of our Child and Family Weeks throughout 2021 and 2022, as well as a steady increase in demand, we will be offering even more services aimed at families over the coming months – from specialised programmes at our centres, to rest and recharge breaks and our popular Child and Family Weeks.

As part of this new offering, from 13-17 February, we’ll offer a break for single parents to rest and recharge with their children, and the following month, we’ll offer a similar week for adult dependants.

From there, we have several dates for our Child and Family Weeks throughout 2023…

During these weeks, families with children with additional needs, young carers, children or parents living with difficult health conditions and a number of others are invited to come together for a much-needed break and a fun week packed full of activities at Harcombe House, our centre in Devon.

The weeks offer the whole family the chance to relax together, with a full timetable of activities to keep them all entertained – from animal workshops to crafts, nature walks, bush craft, swimming and more. Mostly, it’s a chance for them to spend time together with other families who may be facing similar challenges.

The dates are as follows:

  • 24-29 July 2023: Child and Family Week
  • 14-18 August 2023: Child and Family Week
  • 23-27 October 2023: Child and Family Week

Carrie Pearce, the Charity’s Welfare Services Lead, says: “Our Child and Family Weeks have grown in success and I’m delighted we’ll now be offering more of them, ensuring even more of our beneficiaries can access our services for themselves and their families.

“These weeks offer a structured activity programme for families who experience additional needs. It provides a much-needed break away from the challenges and demands of everyday life, to enable time for them to spend together in a safe, secure and supported environment and to have the opportunity to meet other families in similar situations with whom they can share experiences and form friendships.”

You can find out more about one of our programmes here.

To enquire about attending one of our weeks, email our Welfare Services team on

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