Away from it All (AFIA) in Newcastle Diocese
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 may be experiencing stress or difficulties in their family life. 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.
At the moment AFIA is very short of Funding in Newcastle Diocese.
Have you thought about fundraising? It doesnt have to be anything grand- maybe a coffee morning as this raises awareness too!
Rev Sheila Auld travelled from Newcastle to Chichester via bus in aid of AFIA See Sheila's journey
AFIA Holidays in Newcastle Diocese
This year we have concentrated on helping families where at least one of the children has a disability. The sponsorship money from Sheila
Auld’s trip has helped fund several such holidays, along with grants andmoney raised throughout the year by other branches and members.
The family shown here particularly enjoyed their holiday and wanted us to know about the difference it had made, particularly, to their nonverbal son.
During the latter part of the year, we have concentrated on Awaydays for groups of families, and Christmas events.
At the end of December, our AFIA rep, Margaret Crawforth, is retiring from the role. She has enabled and supported hundreds of holidays and
Awaydays over the years, working with many families to get them just the kind of holiday which they need. She has had good relationships with several local charities to support their work by providing holidays and Awaydays for their clients. We, and they, are very grateful!