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Project information

Annual Respite Break

Give families whos lives have been affected by a partner or parents service in the Armed Forces who served in the 1990-91 Gulf, 2003-09 Iraq and the ongoing Afghanistan Conflicts the chance to come together in a happy and supported enviroment away from the pressures faced on a daily basis.

March 2011 - March 2011

Charity information: The National Gulf Veterans & Families Association (NGVFA)

The National Gulf Veterans & Families Association (NGVFA) logo
  • Need


    Keeping these families together and helping all members of the family understand and cope with living with someone who suffers Military Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the physical illnesses as a direct result of their service. We help members to feel less isolated and to be in an enviroment with other like minded people. More importantly we will ensure lifes are saved and parents get to see their children grow up.


    Giving these families something positive to focus on and look forward is very beneficial to sufferers of PTSD. We provide a marketplace with information and advice on health and wellbeing. We offer counselling to improve self esteem and to help them understand the limitations and what they can now achieve. We bring the families together through planned entertainment and fun activities like bowling, archery and many more. We give for what will be for many the only break away together as a family.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To give famiies the opportunity to have a break away from the day to day pressures they face daily.


    » Secure funding for families to attend.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...Funding approximately 300 Veterans, Partners and children to attend.

    Aim 2

    To Keep families together.


    » By offering a fun packed 5 day Respite Break with entertainment, counselling, information on health and wellbeing, goody bags for all the family.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...Seeing these families sharing in happy times, laughing and seeing them return again the next year.

  • Impact


    It will reduce the feeling of isolation resulting in less attempted suicides or mis-use of alcohol or drugs. They will have a better understanding on health and wellbeing issues. They will feel less isolated and feel part of a community. The family unit will become stronger. Their ability to cope will improve. Their self esteem will increase and they will want to give something back to the community by offering and supporting other Veterans.


    No Risk


    As requested by the donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £56,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £48,500 Accomodation & Meals 200 Veterans + 100 children to attend
      £3,000 Venue Hire Hire of rooms to hold marketplace and Entertainment
      £4,500 Entertainment & Sundries Cost for entertainment over the 5days, Counselling, travel, goody bags

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    ABF £10,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Butlins at Skegness as this is a central location for members of the NGVFA


    Veterans who have served in the 1990-91 Gulf, 2003-09 Iraq and the ongoing Afghanistan Conflicts, their partners, children and family members.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The NGVFA was set up by Ill Gulf Veterans from the 1990-91 Gulf conflicts who have knowledge and understanding of the problems faced by Veterans and their families. The NGVFA have been working with these families for over 11years with the Respite now in its 12th Year showing the experience and success the charity has of holding this Project. We understand the Veterans and their families needs and have built a successful Respite Break around this.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    NGVFA Staff

    The Staff of the NGVFA plan, organised and attended this event. All staff have 3 or more years experience with Respite Breaks and Gulf related issues.


5 Days accommodation, meals and entertainment.