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Davison House
1 Montague Road
NR26 8WN

Tel: 01263 822161
Fax: 01263 822181

BREAK is a charitable organisation which provides holidays, respite, short stay and emergency care for children and adults with special needs, and their families.  Situated on the Norfolk coast, the centres provide 24 hour care by specialist staff teams, with a full range of equipment and adaptations to cater for a wide range of disabilities.  BREAK also provides self catering holidays for families with special needs.

The Calvert Trust Outdoor and Activity Centre

Little Crossthwaite
CA12 4QD

Tel: 01768 772255
Fax: 01768 771920
Minicom: 01768 772255

The Lake District Calvert Trust is an Outdoor Activity Centre specialising in providing outdoor pursuits holidays and courses for people with disabilities.  For groups, families and individuals.

Activities include sailing, canoeing, rock climbing, abseiling, hill walking and orienteering, and horse riding and trap diving under the care and guidance of experienced and suitably qualified staff.

The Centre has fully accessible accommodation and all bedrooms have en suite facilities.  On site facilities include a swimming pool and a sauna, sports hall with climbing wall and large games room.

Full Board Multi Activity course prices are £290 to £435 per person per week.

Fully accessible self-catering cottages also available for small groups and families wishing to have a holiday in the Lake District without Centre programmed activities.  Prices from £250 to £575 per cottage per week.

The Calvert Trust now has a centre in Exmoor.

Tel: 01598 763221

Camp Mohawk

Contact: Luke Jansen
Crazies Hill
RG10 8PU

Tel: 0118 940 4045
Fax: 0118 940 2986

This is a day centre for children with an autistic spectrum disorder and other special needs, running from June to mid September.  For full details telephone Luke Jansen.

Daisy Chain Project


Tel: 01253 761444

The project provides holiday respite accommodation in Blackpool to families with sick or disabled children.  The only charge is a £45 booking fee.  Children's rooms are beautifully themed and decorated, and the accommodation is designed to be as accessible to as many people as possible.

Disabled Living - Holiday

Disabled Living
Redbank House
4 Chad's Street
M8 8QA

Tel: 0161 214 5966
Fax: 0161 835 3591

Disabled Living offer a holiday information pack containing details of travel organisations and accommodation that is suitable for people with additional needs or disabilities.  It can be downloaded from their website or obtained by writing to them or calling them.

Enable Holidays Ltd

Enable Holidays Ltd
26 The Green
Kings Norton
B38 8SD

Tel: 0871 222 4939
Fax: 0871 222 5753

This company specialises in providing package holidays abroad, tailored to the needs of disabled children and adults.  Information is available from a brochure or via the website, about facilities and the suitability of resorts and accommodation, graded to meet varying requirements.  Telephone or e-mail to request a brochure.

Family Holiday Association

Grants Officer
Family Holiday Association
16 Mortimer Street

Tel: 020 7436 7290
Fax: 020 7323 7299

The Family Holiday Association is a UK charity helping to provide access to holidays for families in need.  Families must be on a low income, have at least one child aged 3 or over and not have had a holiday for 4 years.  Application forms are available from the website and by mail and are only accepted from referring agencies (social workers, health visitors, etc).  Applications are usually considered from November onwards each year and funds may be fully committed by March.

The Scout Holiday Homes Trust

Gilwell Park
E4 7QW

Tel: 020 8433 7290/1
Fax: 020 8433 7184

They provide affordable family holidays at popular holiday sites, with specially adapted accommodation for all families with a special need.  These holidays are available to families, carers or groups who have a member with a disability, physical or mental or age related illness and to low-income or single-parent families.  No Scouting connection is required.

Grooms Holidays

PO Box 36
Vale of Glamorgan
CF71 7TN

Tel: 0845 658 4478

Grooms Holidays provide a wide range of accessible holiday accommodation at affordable prices, offering people with disabilities, their friends and families a real choice.  The operate two hotels (in Minehead and Llandudno) and a number of self-catering properties throughout the UK.

3H Fund

147A Camden Road
Tunbridge Wells

Tel: 01892 547474
Fax: 01892 524703

This organisation provides subsidised group holidays for children and adults with physical disabilities, with the support of volunteer helpers, so that parents and carers can also have a break.  It is sometimes possible to offer grants to families with children who have learning or physical disabilities and who have low incomes.  For further details contact the fund.

The Harvest Trust

SA44 5JE

Tel: 01559 371190

Harvest Trust is a national UK charity which organises simple seaside holidays for disadvantaged children.  The holidays take place between April and October each year and are especially for groups of 8 to 11 year olds who really need a week away.  Based at the Trust's own Holiday Centre near Cardigan Bay in West Wales, the holidays are arranged in partnership with schools, youth and community group.

Kingfisher Barn Holiday Cottages

Kingfisher Barn Ltd
Rye Farm
OX14 3NN

Tel/Fax: 01235 537538

There is a range of accommodation and facilities at Kingfisher Barn, some of which have been designed specifically for wheelchair users.  There are 6 self-catering cottages, sleeping from 2 up to 10 guests.  Most have disabled facilities including ceiling tracking for use of hoists in bedrooms and bathrooms, grab rails and wider doors.  There is a heated indoor swimming pool which is also adapted with hoists and a dipper.

Hoists, slings, cot sides and shower chairs are all available free of charge upon request.

Make-A-Wish Foundation UK

329 - 331 London Road
GU15 3HQ

Tel: 01276 24127
Fax: 01276 683727

Granting wishes of children and young people aged 3 to 17 living with life threatening illnesses.

Mencap - holiday services

See entry in National Organisations for contact details.

Mencap Helpline and Information Service provides a holiday resource list.  This contains a range of information about holidays for children and adults with learning disabilities.

NBCS (National Blind Children's Society) 'School Out' Programme

Birmingham Office
2nd Floor, Shawton House
792 Hagley Road West
B68 0PJ

Tel: 01278 764770

Their 'School Out' programme provides activity weeks and family weekends for children and young people with visual impairment.  They provide an opportunity for young people to mix with other people in a similar situation to themselves in developing life and social skills.  They are currently using Action for Blind Hotels.

The National Holiday Fund

Tel: 01341 280486

The National Holiday Fund takes chronically or terminally ill children, temporarily or permanently physically disabled children, on a unique international adventure to Florida, USA.  In doing so parents, guardians and carers of those children have an opportunity to take a much needed respite, knowing their charges are having the best of care and continuity of medical attention while they are away from home.  The Charity does NOT fund independent travel arrangements.

Tourism For All UK

C/O Vitalise
Shap Road Industrial Estate

Tel: 0845 1249973 - Reservations
0845 124 9971 - Information and publications

TFA UK is the UK's Central source of holiday and travel information for those with access requirements.

Formerly known as Holiday Care, the charity has collected information since 1979 about accessible accommodation, and produces a wide range of information about accessible facilities and services in the UK and further afield.  TFA works with the national tourist board, VisitBritain, to assess and promote properties under the National Accessible Scheme, giving customers the assurance they need.

We also have information on how to hire equipment for your holiday, respite care centres, accessible attractions, financial help, and activity and children's holidays information.

Contact the TFA for substantial discounts at specified hotels throughout the UK and overseas.


Tel: 0845 3300149

Vitalise offers holidays and respite care at five centres throughout the UK, for disabled children and adults.  Activities include sailing, rock climbing, canoeing and arts and crafts.  A brochure is available.


There are several books published providing information about holidays for children and adults with disabilities.  See Publications section for details.




Contents of the guide:

1. Access
2. Advocacy
3. Counselling
4. Early Years
5. Education
6. Equipment, Mobility and Transport
7. Financial Matters
8. Health
9. Holidays
10. Information Technology
11. Leisure
12. Local Support
13. National Organisations
14. Publications
15. Short Breaks
16. Social Services and Housing
17. Transition
18. Working Parents/Carers


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