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One of the key aims of our Respite Break, in addition to providing members and families with a well deserved break, is to provide some "Face to Face" information and support.
Another successful Respite Break - Well, that's what our members said!
Our full report on respite 2015 is available here:
Respite report 2015 (1.2Mb)
Butlins made a change to the week of our respite break - they changed it to an adult themed week. However, under the circumstances we had another successful respite. Similar to last year we had a number of new families attending, which was nice to see, along with the families who try to attend regularly.
Our full report on respite 2014 is available here:
Respite report 2014 (0.9Mb)
Respite 2013 was another very successful one - from our point of view, one of the best we can remember. We had a large number of first-time attendees, and it was very nice to meet them and their families, along with the "regulars".
For the first time ever, all the events, activities and sessions were overbooked - apologies to anyone who missed out this year.
This years' 13th respite break was once again a great success
We had 267 people attending - 79 of these were children. 77% of attendees took part in the activities on site. Of those who completed our evaluation questionnaire, 100% said they enjoyed the respite break and said it made a positive difference to their everyday lives.
The entertainment, belly dancer, magician and live music on the Wednesday night (this years' theme was "Ancient Rome") were enjoyed by all.
We rely entirely on voluntary donations to fund the respite break - 72% said they could not afford to attend the respite without financial support from the NGVFA. Funding was achieved from a number of organisations, charities and trusts (listed below) and we secured funding for all those who applied for help.
A big Thank You to the following:
Our full report on respite 2012 is available here:
Respite report 2012 (1.6Mb)
The minutes for the Q&A are being typed up by an independent transcriber and will be available soon. We will post them on this page when they are available.
The guest speakers this year were:
Many of you enjoyed meeting old friends and making new ones.
Eric Bristow was again a great draw and as always the banter was very good. He played 29 games, had a few beers and was his happy relaxed self... He lost only one game. Who won that one game then? "Say no more."
We had new champions at the NGVFA doubles competition - Gary Williams & Tam Edmondson Congratulations! Well done! Guys & Girls, Who will win next year (I suppose we will have to have another darts competition next year) Ha!-Ha!
The themed fancy dress night for 2011 was "Pirates"
Attendance: 210 adults, 67 children
This was our first year at Butlins in Skegness, following 10 years at Pontins Blackpool.
The themed fancy dress night was "Wild West"
Attendance: 194 adults, 98 children