North Wales Coast Link  


Host families welcome children into their homes as part of their own family and in many cases into their hearts as well. They help the children have a great time while they are here. 




They don't receive any  financial reward - the reward comes in seeing children blossom during their time in the UK.






  Our link arranges group activities and outings during the visit, they      also visit the dentist and optician. 




Whilst most of the activity takes place during the visit, the whole process requires lots of dedicated work throughout the year by the link, fund-raising and planning the visit . Although a lot depends on our supporters and sponsors for the help that they give us, we have to raise in the region of £600 per child for the month.

This does not sound much until you multiply it by the number of children that we host, normaly between 12-14 children each year. This brings the total to approximately £7,200 - £8,400. This money has to be raised locally by the link so any help towards this, or any offers of assistance are always welcome. fire_station.gif

There is always someone on hand to offer advice if needed. We always have Belarusian or Ukrainian leaders with the group who can speak English, they are on call twenty-four hours a day. Of course some families have hosted for many years and can pass on tips and experiences to you. As a host family you will be provided with a manual of advice and rules, together with a glossary section in Belarusian or Ukrainian. You are never left to cope on your own, google translate is always an option in times of need :-)

On the serious side, each host family is carefully checked and must complete a full disclosure DBS/VF form (we will help you with this) before they can host a child. Each hosts home is inspected (by two Link officers) to ensure that the children will have a good experience whilst in the UK.

It is important that we understand the trust that the children's parents have put in us. At the request of the charity we have been audited by the NSPCC to ensure that our safety and selection procedures provide a consistently high level of protection for the children.