The Alan Shearer Short Break Centre
The Alan Shearer Short Break Centre offers specialised short breaks for children and adults with physical and learning disabilities, Autism and Asperger’s syndrome.
In addition, the Centre support guests who may require more specialist care such as: nasal-gastric feeding, insulin management, anticonvulsant medication and extreme challenging behaviour management.
Based in peaceful grounds, the Centre offers accessible accommodation, with adapted bathrooms and specialised beds such as Caldy Cot, profile and air filled beds ensuring comfort of guests is a priority.
Each room has a staff call system and in addition, hoist and tracking systems are available in each room and corridor between rooms to assist those with limited mobility.
The Centre provides full access to the on-site Activity Centre including use of the hydrotherapy pool, sensory rooms and activity rooms. There are also opportunities for days out around the North East and Northumberland, visits to local shops and places of interest as well as the chance to learn new hobbies and activities.
Short Breaks are flexible starting on any day of the week and last for as long or as short as required. There is a cost for this service and may be funded through Direct Payments or charity funding.
To find out more about The Alan Shearer Short Break service or to arrange a visit to view the facilities; please contact Pam Jobling, Manager by telephone on 0191 267 8128 or by emailing Pam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disability Aid Trust
The Disability Aid Trust (DAT) help towards the extra cost of helpers to ensure that severely disabled people can go on holiday or have a short break.
Applications are open to individuals and groups of disabled people and must be supported by a bona fide organisation, a doctor or social worker.
Funds are allocated twice a year:
- 1st February for summer holidays
- 1st August for winter holidays
An application form can be downloaded from the website.
Holidays with Help
Holidays with Help organises holidays for groups of disabled people.
The holidays are open to individuals, couples and family groups as well group bookings. The cost of the holiday includes accomodation, meals, activities and trained helpers.
They include a mix of indoor and outdoor activities with evening entertainment.
Care is provided, though you are welcome to bring your own carer. Medical and nursing advice is also available.
To apply download the application form from the website.
The Jumbulance Trust
The Jumbulance Trust is a small national charity that enables severely disabled and unwell adults, children and dependent elderly persons to travel on holiday in the UK and Europe.
The Trust provides the vehicles and drivers at subsidised rates to groups around the UK and Ireland.
They have two large modern "Jumbulances" (coach/ambulances) that make it possible for those that need extra care or specialised facilities to travel.
Groups can hire a Jumbulance to take a party to see local places of interest or disabled supporters of their favourite sports club to watch a match or sporting event.
Jumbulances can also be hired for longer periods such as taking a group on holiday, to go skiing or on a pilgrimage to places all over mainland Europe, as far as Poland, Austria and Italy.
The Trust takes volunteers and a professional doctor on all of their trips to care for their travellers, giving their families a chance to relax without care responsibilities.
Further details of local groups can be found on the website or email: email@example.com
Papworth Trust offers tailored breaks for disabled people, their families and friends at Kerry Farm in Powys, Wales.
Holidays at Kerry Farm include a variety of activities for individuals and for family groups, supported by trained family coaches to help you get the most out of your holiday.
It has accessible accommodation and things to do at the farm and in the surrounding area.
The charity also have 6 berth wheelchair accessible holiday home at Kelling Heath Holiday Park in Norfolk. Hire prices are below commercial rates.
Yellow Submarine provides fully supported, subsidised residential holidays for adults (18+ years) with learning disabilities to destinations all across the UK and France.
Please note that the booking process for their 2017 adult residential programme has now ended. The 2018 booking process will open in January 2018.
Yellow Submarine also organise unique holidays for groups of young people with learning difficulties by planning the trip and providing the support. Respite grants are available.
Details will be released shortly.