Mothers’ Union members here in the Diocese of Worcester regularly provide various types of breaks for many people a year through their long running "Away From It All" scheme, which is intended to support families who are experiencing stressful times and would otherwise not have the opportunity of a holiday.

Away From It All (AFIA) is a Mothers’ Union holiday scheme, primarily funded by our members, to give the opportunity of a break to those who are experiencing stress in their family life. On average, we help 2,500 people to have a holiday each year. Families are able to spend time together away from their stressful situations at home, engage in activities together and have fun. They often experience healing in their relationships by spending this quality time with each other.

Amongst those who have been helped are pupils from a deprived school who visited the Belgium battle fields as part of their education with an AFIA donation towards their trips costs. The students shared their amazing experience: 

"Thank you to Mothers' Union for supporting our visit to the battlefields in France and Belgium. When we were at the cemeteries, I was amazed at all the graves. I looked at the names of the soldiers and discovered that they were all very young. We went to the trenches that were muddy and wet. The best part of the visit for me was watching the Last Post ceremony. It was very sad. I now know that thousands of soldiers died in the battles and that it is important to remember the bravery of the soldiers in World War 1." 

The trip has made a lasting impact as the teacher has shared with the MU that the class is still talking about it months later!

This is just one example of the varied types of breaks that Mothers’ Union members in Worcester help arrange to suit the needs of those applying for assistance. To find out more about our AFIA project contact jhickmanh62@gmail.com

How to apply

Would you or someone that you know benefit from an AFIA holiday? You will be asked for your name and contact details and the number of people who would like to go on the holiday, along with the ages of any children. Janice, the MU holiday coordinator, will then contact the family and ask them to fill in an application form. (Please note: people can nominate themselves or their friends but anyone applying for a holiday will also be asked to provide details of someone who knows them in a professional capacity, such as a vicar, teacher, or social worker).

Mothers’ Union’s involved with AFIA will:

  • Help fund part of the cost of a holiday
  • Cover a family’s travel expenses,
  • Pay for a whole holiday or day trip
  • Organise family weeks for groups of families to have a break with activities and outings.

Families hoping to have an AFIA holiday don’t have to be a member of a church or our organisation and you can apply for yourselves or recommend someone else for a holiday.