Other Holiday Funds and
Holidays for Disabled People
Barnardo's provide support to young carers by providing fun activities and breaks from their caring role.
It allows the young carers to spend time with other young people in a similar situation to themselves.
They also provide short breaks for disabled children to enable them to enjoy new experiences and much needed respite for their families.
Barnardo's run a large number of projects around the UK. To find out what's provided in your local area check their interactive map and list.
The Bruce Wake Trust
The Bruce Wake Trust provides specialist narrow boat canal and riverboat holidays for the disabled.
All cruises start from the Upton Marina on the River Severn at Upton-upon-Severn near Worcester.
They have three boats which have been designed for wheelchair users with hydraulic lifts and ceiling hoist. Each sleeps 6/7 people.
The boats are available from April to October with prices from £550 a week. The price includes tuition from a qualified skipper.
GG's Legacy is a family owned 6 berth wheelchair accessible caravan located in Withernsea, East Yorkshire.
It has a level entry shower and ramped access.
The caravan is available for Monday to Friday, weekend and 7 day bookings. Costs are very reasonable for the summer months.
The Garwood Foundation offers a range of services and support for children and adults with disabilities.
It has a fully adapted holiday caravan on a Haven caravan site near Bognor Regis, West Sussex. The caravan is available to hire by anyone with a disability with their family, friends or partner.
The Foundation takes bookings from the 15th March to 31st October. Prices range from £150 to £700 for seven day depending on the season.
To find out more information and availability call Rosemary Odling on 020 8686 9866 or email: email@example.com
H.E.L.P (Holiday Endeavour for Lone Parents) provides the use of 3 caravans at discounted prices to lone parents and their children.
The caravans are located on an Haven site near Filey (between Scarborough and Bridlington) in North Yorkshire. All caravans sleep six people and available for bookings of 4 or 7 nights.
To use the caravans you must first join the organisation for a £5 membership fee.
The organisation also has arrangements with Haven and Pointins for other discounted holidays for members.
The Oliver Curd Trust
The Oliver Curd Trust was set up in memory of Oliver by his parents.
It's provides holiday accomodation for families supporting young people with childhood cancer and other life threatening illnesses.
The Trust has two caravans:
- A two bedroom, 6 berth caravan at Crowhurst Park, Battle, East Sussex
- A three bedroom, at Combe Haven Holiday Park, St Leonards-on-Sea
To apply for a brochure contact: The Oliver Curd Trust, PO Box 105, Rye, TN31 6DJ Telephone: 01797 230329 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Queen Elizabeth 2 Activity Centre
The QE2 Activity Centre in Hampshire provides a range of activities for both individuals and groups.
It also has five A Frame woodern cabins and one single storey woodern cabin available for family holidays and school educational visits.
The cabins sleep 8 people and have accessible shower and WC. They can be booked for self catering holidays for one to seven days, multi activity holidays and themed weeks.
The accomodation charges are for the cabin not the number of people.
Premier Inn is our accommodation choice for short breaks as it has consistently provided us with good service and wheelchair adapted rooms.
Unlike another leading chain the accommodation is always attached to a pub or a restaurant saving the need to reload and travel somewhere else for the evening meal and breakfast.
They offer a number of special offers throughout the year (starting at £29 a night) but you do need to book early to take advantage of the better deals.
The downside is the website doesn't tell you whether the disabled room has a wet room or a low bath. It also doesn't let you know if it's one double bed with a sofa bed or a twin room.
To find out this information you need to phone the hotel direct.
Check here for details of their latest offers.
Scout Holiday Homes Trust
The Scout Holiday Homes Trust provides low cost specially adapted self catering holidays to the disabled, carers and their families.
The Trust have 13 caravans and one chalet at a number of UK locations. Of these, only 2 (at the time of writing) have level access showers.
The accomodation is of a high standard and is very popular so early booking is advised. You do not have to be a member of The Scout Association to apply.
To obtain further details and a booking form contact The Scout Holiday Homes Trust, Gilwell Park, Chingford, LONDON E4 7QW Telephone: 0208 433 7290 or 0208 433 7291
The Seagull Trust Cruises
The Seagull Trust Crusies offers free canal cruises to the disabled and those with special needs.
Day cruises with a volunteer crew run between April and October. They operate a number of narrow boats and one, the Marion Seagull at the Falkirk branch is able to offer a family cruises from a few days to a week.
There are four branches Falkirk, Highlands, Kirkintilloch, and Ratho near Edinburgh.
To find out further details on arrangements and booking check out the individual branch websites listed above.
Refresh are able to provide respite breaks or convalescence for severely physically disabled people and those on breathing machines.
Set in beautiful grounds near Southampton and is fully equiped for those with heavy care needs. It has nursing staff and is accessible to wheelchairs.
Applicants who may be teenagers or adults may come alone or with a carer.
Refresh operates on the principal that no-one should be denied a break through lack of money. It is able to help obtain funding from the NHS or Social Services and is pleased to accept donations from the applicant or their family.
To find out more telephone: 020 7188 5643 (Tuesdays and Wednesdays).
Vitalise provides short breaks and other services for the disabled, visually impaired and carers.
It has four accessible centres across the UK. All have restaurants and leisure facilities and all provide care with the exception of Churchtown in Cornwall.
Vitalise are able to give advice on funding sources to help make the holiday more affordable. They are also able to offer funding towards the cost of a holiday through Vitalise's Joan Brander Memorial Fund.
The company also allow you to pay for your holiday in installments to spread the cost of your holiday.
Carers’ Support Centre is currently taking bookings for holidays in
their modern static caravans at two locations: the Cotswolds and Torbay
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