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Inclusion on this list does not in any way imply a recommendation by The list is prepared from copy provided by the centres themselves. has not visited these centres and cannot guarantee their suitability for children or adults with ADD/ADHD or any form of autistic spectrum disorders. We welcome feedback and comments about the centres from those who have visited them. Please note: send a large S.A.E. when seeking further information from any of the addresses on this list.

3H FUND (Help the Handicapped Holiday 3H Fund)

organises group holidays for physically disabled children and adults staffed by volunteer nurses and helpers. Each holiday gives disabled Each holiday gives disabled people a chance to build self-confidence and develop greater independence - at the same time devoted family carers have the opportunity to relax with the knowledge that their loved ones are being carefully looked after at all times. This respite can be vital in allowing a carer to rebuild his or her energy for the year ahead. Venues for 2003 include Majorca, Hemsby Norfolk, Norfolk Broads, Southdowns, and an activity holiday in the Lake District and the Isle of Wight. For further information please contact the
3H Fund, 147 A Camden Road, Tunbridge wells, Kent, TN1 2RA

Action Centres UK

Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs (NAYC), a non-profit making charity, has extended its influence and involvement beyond the county boundaries. It has over 40 years of experience in providing all people with opportunities to develop physically, mentally and spiritually through exciting, stimulating indoor and outdoor activities. These have been developed through Action Centres UK. These facilities include the Pioneer Centre* (Shropshire); The Ranch Outdoor Discovery Centre* (Snowdonia) and Kings Park (Northamptonshire). All Action Centres offer activities, conference facilities and accommodation and include a broad base of experience working alongside those with special needs. There is a minimum group number of 10 guests.
*See separate entries on this information sheet for these centres.
Andy Jones, Marketing, Action Centres UK, Kings Park Road, Northampton NN3 6LL; tel: 01604 499699


Activenture offers respite holidays for the 7-18 year-old age range. It has 24 hour care and a 1:1 staffing ratio. It uses the Hindleap Warren Outdoor Education Centre, which is situated, within 300 acres of woodland, part of the Ashdown Forest.
Di Churchill, Activenture, Hindleap Warren Outdoor Education Centre, Wych Cross, Forest Row, East Sussex RH18 5JS
Tel: 01342 828215 - fax: 01342 822913

Avon Tyrrell Activity and Residential Centre In The New Forest

Avon Tyrrell Activity and Residential Centre, registered charity number 306066, provides full board, self-catering and day visit facilities for groups of up to 120. All ages and abilities welcome. It is a 50 acre site in the New Forest which is grade 1 listed. On-site activities include canoeing, archery, abseiling, climbing, rope courses and environmental studies. Richard Bonney, Centre Director, Avon Tyrrell, UK Youth, Bransgore, Hampshire, BH23 8EE; tel: 01425 672347; fax: 01425 673883; email:; website:

Away With Us Holidays

Away With Us Holidays is an exciting specialist provider of supported all-inclusive holidays for adults with learning difficulties. They offer a variety of destinations in England, Europe and Far Away places. Their holidays have been carefully selected to offer you a wide range of activities and have been packaged to suit all individuals looking for a fun, fulfilling holiday to remember.

Badaguish Outdoor Centre

The Badaguish Centre has access to a fully integrated range of community and tourist recreation facilities around Aviemore and the Cairngorms. Respite Care activity holidays and courses (24-hour care) for unaccompanied people with learning/multiple or physical disabilities. Also caters for small groups/family holidays of up to ten people. Activity instructors are available.
Mr & Mrs MacKenzie, Badaguish Outdoor Centre, Aviemore, Inverness-shire, Scotland, PH22 1QU; tel: 01479 861285; fax: 01479 861258; email:

Barnabas Trust

The Trust runs four holiday centres for groups each in a rural location in Kent, Northamptonshire and the Scottish Borders. The centres offer self-contained accommodation with the option of catering or self-catering. Activities on offer include abseiling, canoeing, go-karting and many more. The majority of the centres have plenty of open space. Facilities on offer include indoor-heated swimming pools, games halls, sports fields, and ropes courses. The Scottish centre can take groups of five people to 200. The Northamptonshire and Kent centres can take groups upwards of 12 people to over 100.
Mark Dullaway, Carroty Wood, Higham Lane, Tonbridge, Kent TN11 9QX; tel: 01732 366766; fax: 01732 366767; email:

Barrington Farm

Barrington Farm welcomes guests with learning disabilities, and offers full board and self-catering holidays. Accommodation is in converted flint farm buildings. Each cottage has ground and first floor bedrooms, large shower room with access for the disabled. The lounge is comfortable with a TV and the kitchen is fully equipped. Bed linen and heating are included in the price. Guests can choose from a wide range of activities and outings with the emphasis on fun. The rare breeds working farm is designed for guests to experience closeness to animals. We are unable to offer personal care. However our trained staff will store and administer medication and monitor spending monies if required, organise and accompany people on outings to local attractions.
Eileen Brown, Incatern Ltd, Barrington Farm, Walcott, Norwich, Norfolk NR12 0PF; tel: 01692 650707; fax: 01692 650330; email:

Bendrigg Trust

The Bendrigg Trust is a residential activity centre located in countryside between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. It runs holidays and residential courses specifically for people with special needs. Set in 15 acres of grounds, the main accommodation unit has been extensively refurbished to extend the facilities available for people with more severe disabilities. Groups and individuals come to the Centre for a week or weekend, from schools and colleges for children with special needs, homes, hostels, clubs, hospitals, community groups and disability organisations. Programmes are tailor-made for each group and a wide variety of activities can be incorporated. These may include climbing, abseiling, canoeing, caving, sailing and orienteering. Bendrigg is open throughout the year and a team of qualified and experienced tutors are employed to deliver the activities. Bendrigg Trust is registered by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority as licensed to provide climbing, caving, trekking and watersport activities.
Trevor Clarke, Bendrigg Trust, Old Hutton, Kendal, Cumbria LA8 0NR; tel: 01539 723766; email:; website:

Blitz Holiday

Blitz Everybody deserves a holiday but sadly with the ongoing cuts in government spending and the rising cost of day to day living, many people are finding that they are simply unable to afford a holiday. In short a holiday is becoming a luxury rather than an essential.

BLITZ has been set up with the intention of raising money and funds to subsidise short breaks in Blackpool and St Anne’s. The Bond Hotel Group will be donating generously to Blitz because we sincerely believe that everybody should be given the chance to enjoy a short break away from the mundane experience of day to day life.

The benefits of taking a short break are obvious, to spend quality time with carers, friends and family away from any difficult routines or circumstances.

Unfortunately we cannot guarantee funding to all applicants and we expect that the demand for holiday funding will be much greater than the funding available. We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible, although funding will not be issued on a first come first served basis. To ensure our donations help as many people as possible, holidays are subsidised rather than paid for outright.

We are hoping to be in the position of offering a substantial contribution towards an organised break for 8 or more people living with a disability. We can understand the predicament that many care homes are finding themselves in whilst trading in this current economic climate and are yet obliged to ensure their residents get a well deserved holiday. Maybe BLITZ could offer a helping hand.

You can make an application for funding by either – Go to and at the right hand side is a section for BLITZ holiday funding with an on line application form.

Email us –
Telephone - 01253 341218


Break is a registered charity that provides help for children, adults and families with special needs - such as challenging behaviour or physical and learning disabilities. The help that Break can offer includes respite care, specialist childcare and UK holidays in Norfolk and the West Country. While our guests enjoy a seaside holiday those who regularly care for them can have a much-needed break. Break also provides a wide range of services - homes for children, family assessments and day care. For further information please contact
Break, Davison House,1 Montague Road, Sheringham, Norfolk NR26 8WN.
Telephone 01263 822161.

The British Ski Club For The Disabled

Holidays are only available to full members who can ski. This usually means they have learnt with the Club at one of our venues. People have to be members of the BSCD (The British Ski Club For The Disabled) to learn on artificial slopes before they can go on holiday.
Ian Edwards, Chairman, The British Ski Club For The Disabled, 45 Rusham Road, Egham, Surrey TW20 9LP; tel: 07775 687648; email:; website:

The British Red Cross Society

All branches of the British Red Cross Society are interested in holidays for people with disabilities. They can assist holiday plans in several ways - by organising holidays themselves, by accompanying individuals or groups on holidays arranged by other people and by providing members for nursing and welfare duties on holidays. Further details can be obtained by contacting your local branch.

The Bruce Trust

The Bruce Trust provides holidays for disabled people on its four specially designed, purpose-built, wide beam canal boats. Two are 12 berth, one 10 berth and one 6 berth. They are used by families with special needs or groups of people with disabilities, together with their carers. On a self-steer basis. Fitted out to a high standard including wheelchair lifts, ramps, specially designed shower/wc areas and heating. Training course provided.
The Bruce Trust, P.O. Box 21, Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 9YY
Tel: 01264 356451

Can Do Holidays

Can Do Holidays Can Do Holidays is a specialist travel service that offers disabled travellers adapted accommodation to suit their individual needs.

Can Do Holidays was founded by me, Lisa Newton to help disabled people holiday with confidence. I am a highly experienced trainer in disabled access and handling skills. Using my knowledge and experience in this area Can Do Holidays gives its customers peace of mind by only listing properties that have been personally inspected by us and found to meet our exacting standards.

On our website you can see a selection of the properties that we offer. Here we give general information about the properties and their degree of adaptation, but for each we also have a detailed report available that includes full information about the adaptations, many photographs and even video tours. What you see if what you get, no unwanted surprises.

We encourage you to find properties on this website that interest you and then contact us so that we can help you to make the arrangements for the perfect holiday for you and those you care for.

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Website: Tel: 0800 2983052 / 07969 853522

The Calvert Trust Adventure Centre - Cumbria

The Calvert Trust Adventure Centre, near Keswick in the Northern Lake District, is a traditional farmhouse which has retained its homely atmosphere whilst being skilfully adapted and converted to provide excellent modern accommodation and facilities for people with disabilities. Courses include sailing, canoeing, fell-walking, rock climbing, abseiling, riding, trap driving, orienteering and archery all under the tuition of instructors experienced in working with people with autistic spectrum disorders. Facilities include a heated indoor swimming pool with sauna, games room, TV lounge, library and sports hall with unique tilting climbing wall.
Bobby Crosbie, Marketing Manager, The Calvert Trust, Little Crosthwaite, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 4QD; tel: 01768 772255; fax: 01768 771920; email:; website:

Calvert Trust Exmoor

'Challenging disability through outdoor adventure' is the ethos of the Calvert Trust. The entire centre is fully accessible. Activities include: rock climbing, abseiling, zip-wire, horse riding (indoor school) carriage driving, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, archery, camping and orienteering. There is a swimming pool complex with jacuzzi and steam room, large social area with a licensed bar and TV lounge. The centre is set in 40 acres of beautiful countryside by Wistlandpound Reservoir. Accommodation is also fully accessible and you can stay either fully catered or in a self-catering apartments. We welcome individuals, family and friends, social groups and schools.
Miss Johanne Stretton, Wistlandpound, Kentisbury, Barnstaple, North Devon EX31 4SJ; tel: 01598 763221; fax: 01598 763063; email:; website:

Calvert Trust Kielder

Set in the Kielder Forest and close to Kielder Water, the Centre was purpose built to accommodate people with a wide range of disabilities, their families and friends. Guests can take part in activities which include: sailing, canoeing, climbing, abseiling, archery and swimming. Instruction and equipment are provided. Ten self-catering chalets are also available. In addition to the above the Calvert Trust is registered for respite care offering caring care to individuals over 18 years of age. Access for all Award.
Kevin Appleby, Director of Operations, Calvert Trust Kielder, Kielder Water, Hexham, Northumberland NE48 1BS; tel: 01434 250232; fax: 01434 250015; email:

Camp Mohawk

Camp Mohawk is a summer daytime centre focusing on outdoor summer activities. Families are invited to become members which entitles the whole family to enjoy the woodland facilities, adventure playground, sensory rooms, swimming pool and organised activities under the care of parents and/or carers. Camp Mohawk is ideally suited for young people from 8-18 years old.
Ian Cotton, Camp Warden, Camp Mohawk, Crazies Hill, Wargrave, Berkshire RG10 8PU; tel: 0118 940 4045; fax: 0118 940 2986; email:; website:

Can Be Done

We are a tour operator specialising in holidays for people with physical disabilities, although we do also have experience of dealing with clients who are on the autistic spectrum. We would be happy to assist you in trying to find a suitable holiday destination from the wide choice we have available.
Helen Webster, Reservations Manager, Can Be Done Ltd, 11 Woodcock Hill, Harrow, HA3 0XP


A choice of exciting activities or a gentle wander through beautiful countryside are on offer from our bases in the Peak District and foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Southern Spain. Our focus is on small group, tailor made holidays, we are always ready to accommodate any special needs.
Helen Sharma, Admin, CDMS, Vale Cottage, Foolow, Eyam, Hope Valley S32 5QR; tel: 01433 639368; email:; website:

Children's Country Holiday Fund

Help for disadvantaged children not over the age of 14 years living in London in need towards the cost of a holiday
42-43 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7RG
Telephone 020 7928 6522.

Churchtown Vitalise Centre

Our Centre offers year round activities with special weeks for guests with autism. Care provision for guests available. Brochure can be obtained detailing weeks and prices.
Vitalise, Shap Road, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 6NZ; tel: 0845 345 1970; fax: 01539 735567; email:; website:

Daisy Chain Project

This is a respite holiday programme for families who have special needs children. Kensington Court offers self-contained, peaceful accommodation for families living in difficult circumstances. A non-refunding booking charge of £25 (2005) is requested with the booking form, which can be obtained from the contact details below. Where appropriate, we can also offer the use of one of our apartments to families who have lost a child, and feel the need for a break, either alone or with other family members.
Kensington Foundation Resource Centre, The Lodge, 216 Whitegate Drive, Blackpool FY3 9JL; tel: 01253 761444; fax: 01253 761484; email:; website:

The Disabled Children's Foundation

Provide money for a holiday, which would give a disabled youngster an opportunity to meet the challenge of being away from home.
The Disabled Children's Foundation, The appeals office, Po box 57, Otley, Leeds
Telephone 01274 616766

The Disabled Holiday Directory

The Disabled Holiday Directory provides listings of accessible holiday properties in the UK and abroad including hotels, guest houses, villas and other property types. We provide a full description of accessible facilities to help our visitors to easily find the right holiday. For those without access to a computer, all they have to do is pick up the phone and the Disabled Holiday Directory team will help them by talking through their requirements.

Disabled Holiday Directory
Premier House
Manchester Road

Telephone numner: 01457 837578

Disabled Living

Organises a programme of group holidays in Britain and abroad for physically disabled and able-bodied people of all ages. Voluntary helpers accompany groups.
Redbank House, 4 St Chad's Street, Cheetham,

"A resource dedicated to accessible travel information. This new site will provide you with information on businesses from around the world that specialize in disability travel."

Disneyland® Resort Paris

Need Magic? At Disneyland® Resort Paris, the magic has a special way of touching each and every one of us who enter this wonderful world, guest with disabilities can enjoy the magic, emotions and adventure as all visitors. Whether you play for a day or choose to stay, you'll take home the most incredible, the most enchanting memories forever. To make sure you have a pleasant, well-organized stay at Disneyland® Resort Paris, our staff will be pleased to help you select the best package for you to explore our Resort. Ask them to send you the Disabled Visitors Guide. Bookings can be made immediately by calling the telephone number below.
Disneyland® Resort Paris; tel: 0870 606 6800

Dr. Garrett Memorial Trust

Provides holidays for children and adults from the City of Manchester who are in need of a holiday because of 'sickness, disability or poverty. Grants can also be made to fund holiday groups. Applications have to be made via a professional (e.g. social worker or health visitor) who knows the family well. There is a long waiting list.
Anne Hosker, Gaddum Centre, Gaddum House, 6 Great Jackson Street, Manchester, M15 4AX
Tel: 0161 834 0348

East Dene Centre

The East Dene Centre in Bonchurch, on the Isle of Wight, is a spectacular mansion house set in a wonderful location overlooking the sea. The grounds are particularly child friendly offering freedom and space to play safely. We have qualified instructors to teach a wide range of outdoor activities and the heated swimming pool is always popular. Each year we provide a special weekend and a special Summer Holiday Week for children and their families.
Denea Wright, East Dene, Bonchurch, Ventnor, Isle of Wight PO38 1RQ; tel: 01983 852374; fax: 01983 856007; email:; website:

Family Holiday Association

Provides grants for low-income families under pressure to enable them to have a one-week break together. Accepts applications from Social Workers and similar professionals only. Applications must reach the organisation by the end of October before the following summer. Funds are generally exhausted by December.
Family Holiday Association, 16 Mortimer Street, London, WIT 3JL
Tel: 020 7436 3304

Le Fosso

Le Fosso is in the centre of Brittany and provides holiday accommodation to families and groups. There are no restrictions on age or disability. There are both English and English speaking staff on site. Both self-catering and catering (hotel service) options are available. Activity holidays, for groups of 8 or more, can include cultural visits and sports. Le Fosso UK, a registered charity, can provide financial support of about £50 per person per week to cover the programme of activities and visits.
Mike Townsend, Le Fosso, 22230 Gomene, FRANCE
Tel: 00 33 2 96 28 47 97
or Mr Frampton, 2 Butlers Pond, Whitchurch Hill, Pangbourne, Berkshire, RG8 7PF UK
Tel: 0118 984 1427

The Frontier Centre

Is a residential outdoor activity centre with 178 beds. It is operated by Barnabas Trust Ltd. It specialises in encouraging young people. It caters for school groups, youth groups, church groups as well as various special needs groups.
Mr M Creese, Barnabas Trust Ltd, Frontier Centre, Addington Road, Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire NN9 5UH; tel: 01933 651718; email:

Handicapped Aid Trust

HAT exists to provide help towards the holiday costs of helpers for people with severe disabilities. Support is only available where such costs cannot be met by the helper - or from any other source - and where the person would be unable to go on holiday without a carer. Minimum age of applicants is 17 years old. Funds are limited and applications can only be received from individuals with disabilities or from groups who plan to take a holiday but cannot afford to pay their helpers expenses.
The Hon Secretary, HAT, 15 Church Road, Lytham, Lancashire, FY8 3QJ
Tel/fax: 01253 796441

HCPT- The Pilgrimage Trust

The H.C.P.T. was formed in 1956, and now takes 2000 children a year from the UK to visit Lourdes in France. The holidays are centred around the shrine at Lourdes, but also offer children the opportunity to experience a group holiday with "one-to-one" help at all times.
R A Mills, HCPT, Oakfield Park, 32 Bilton Road, Rugby, Warwickshire CV22 7HQ
Tel: 01788 564646 - fax: 01788 564640


We have been running escorted holidays for a number of years, and offer people with mild/moderate learning difficulties a range of country-based holidays on the Welsh border, set amidst spectacular countryside. Our holidays are for people who like general sightseeing (touring), railways and angling. We are also planning holidays abroad (see our web site for further details). All our prices include accommodation, all meals and entrance fees. What is not included is personal items, drinks, postcards and sweets.
Christine and Tony George, Holidayrail, Upper Owlbury House, Upper Owlbury, Montgomery, Powys SY15 6SZ; tel: 01588 630058, 07714 771624 (mobile); fax: 01588 630135

HYP Holidays

A charity making holiday provision in chalets, in two holiday centres, which have been adapted for wheelchair users.
HYP Holidays, 4 Hazel Gardens, Woodside, Grays, Essex RM16 2GA

Katie Foxtons Holidays for Sick Children

A charity offering subsidised holidays for families with a sick child. At present these are at a mobile home at Butlins Skegness. Seashore Holiday Park, Great Yarmouth; Littlesea, Weymouth; and Devon's Cliffs Holiday Park, Exmouth. The sites have a wide range of activities and services including a doctor's surgery. The caravans have a ramp at the entrance but no other adaptations for disabled people. For further information please contact
Katie Foxtons Holidays for Sick Children, 10 Ferness Close, Hinckley Leicestershire LE10 0SF
Telephone 01455 440112.

Kids Out

Providing fun and Happiness for Disadvantaged children. The criteria for applying for a grant aid from Kids Out are providing fun and happiness for disadvantaged children up to the age of 18. This can be a holiday, to pay for carers, respite care, play equipment or fun days out etc.
For further information please contact
Kids Out, 14 Church Square Leighton Buzzard, Beds LU7 1AE
Telephone: 01525 385252
Web site

The Lord Mayor Of Manchester Charity Appeal Trust

Provides holidays for Manchester families who have not had much opportunity for a holiday together. Applications have to be made via a professional (e.g. social worker or health visitor) who knows the family well. There is a long waiting list.
Anne Hosker, Gaddum Centre, Gaddum House, 6 Great Jackson Street, Manchester, M15 4AX
Tel: 0161 834 0348

Low Mill Outdoor Centre

A residential centre situated in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park offering groups of all ages and abilities activity based courses with experienced, fully qualified staff. Activities include: canoeing, climbing, caving, gorge-walking, archery, hill walking, orienteering and navigation. The Centre caters for groups of up to 40 people and is wheelchair friendly with access to all facilities. It is open 48 weeks in the year.
Phil Woodyer, The Head of Centre, Low Mill Outdoor Centre, Askrigg, Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 3HZ; tel: 01969 650432; fax: 01969 650729; email:; website:

The Lyneal Trust

The Lyneal Trust offers groups the use of a canalside cottage and chalets, there is sleeping accommodation (in two detached bungalows next to the cottage) for up to 14 people at Lyneal Wharf on the Llangollen Canal near Ellesmere. In addition, groups can use either the Shropshire Lass, a 70ft, 8 berth narrow boat or the Shropshire Lad, a 45ft canal boat suitable for day trips, with no sleeping accommodation but a big open deck up front. It is licensed for 12 people. The Shropshire Lass, Lad and Lyneal Cottage can be hired separately or in combinations together, by anyone who considers they have a disability, and their family and friends. Hire charges are very competitive. Bookings, which normally run from Saturday to Friday from the second week of March to the end of October, can be made at the address below.
Pushkar Trivedi, The Lyneal Trust, Shropshire County Council, The Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury SY2 6ND; tel: 01743 252728; fax: 01743 252713; email:; website:

Monkton Wyld Court

Monkton Wyld Court is a holistic education centre run by a resident community and volunteers. We can accommodate up to 35 visitors in shared bedrooms. Resources include a meditation hut, healing room, library and facilities for arts and crafts. We run a programme of courses and events and offer bed and breakfast throughout most of the year. We can also be hired as a venue for groups and workshops.
Monkton Wyld Court, Charmouth, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 6DQ; tel: 01297 560342; fax: 01297 560395; email:; website:

National Holiday Fund for Sick and Disabled Children

Suite 1, Princess House, 1-2 Princess Parade, New Road, Dagenham RM10 9LS
Tel: 020 8595 9624
Provides holidays to Florida for chronically or terminally ill children, and temporarily or permanently physically disabled children, aged 8 - 18 years. Does not provide grants.

Norfolk Autistic Society

The Norfolk Autistic Society offers an annual grant of £50 towards holiday expenses to their members. The Norfolk Autistic Society Trust Fund is also prepared to consider applications for a grant towards holiday expenses. This is available to anyone over the age of 16, with autism, in the county of Norfolk.
Maureen Leveton, Norfolk Autistic Society, Charing Cross Centre, 17 - 19 St. John Maddermarket, Norwich, NR2 1DN
Tel: 01603 631171

Oaklands Park Short Breaks

The Project runs residential short breaks during each school holiday, including half terms for children and young people with severe learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. We work with up to six children at any one time and the project is set in the wooded grounds of Oaklands Park School above the seaside town of Dawlish in South Devon. Our aim is the promotion of the safety, happiness and development of the children away from home and we offer the housemates a wide range of activities and trips to achieve these aims. The activities include swimming, walking, adventure parks, horse-riding and indoor treats such as bowling and cinema trips. In the evening, the housemates may go on further trips or partake in craft or music or simple aromatherapy, for example. We are valued by the service users, the funding partners and we are proud of our excellent reputation.
Nigel Stuart North, Project Manager, NCH Oaklands Park Short Breaks, Oaklands Park School, John Nash Drive, Dawlish, Devon EX7 9SF; tel: 01626 862884; fax: 01626 862141; email:; website:

Option Holidays

Offers a wide range of holidays for people with learning disabilities. It provides care and holidays are all inclusive except for drinks. It can accommodate groups or singles. It offers canal holidays, cottage holidays, UK hotel holidays and foreign holidays. Each day is packed with a choice of activities depending on age and ability. Venues include Devon, Bournemouth, mid Wales, the Cotswolds, Portugal, Spain, France, Canada and Florida. Also open to suggestions of new venues to help you find your ideal holiday.
Mrs Wendy Williams, Option Holidays, Greyhound Farmhouse, Barnsley, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5EF
Tel: 07000 790348

Parkat Disabled And Reduced Mobility Airport Guide

'Traveling with a disability or even a mobility problem can be a daunting experience if the proper assistance and help is not available at the Airport. We have created a small guide with information and tips to hopefully make your trip flow more smoothly and without problems.'

Pearson's Holiday Fund

Supplies funds for disadvantaged children from 4 - 16 years of age for holidays in the UK only. Applications should be made through a social worker, doctor, health visitor or teacher
PO Box 3017, South Croydon CR2 9PN
Telephone. (020) 8657 3053.

Placement Services Ltd

All inclusive apartment holidays for adults with learning disabilities in Spain, Portugal and Cyprus. Prices are from £275 per person per week including flight, apartment, transfers and optional car hire. Villas and wheelchair accessible accommodation also available. Other destinations also available. Individual service to meet the needs of service users and carers. Enquiries from other service user groups, including childcare organisations, welcome. ATOL registered.
Jo Charles, Placement Services Ltd, 3 St. Michaels Terrace, South Grove, London, N6 6BH; tel: 020 8340 5896; fax: 020 8340 5896; email:

Les Pyracanthas

We have a seven bedded chalet which we are offering as a safe environment for people with special needs and their families or carers with the option of on site professional support if required. We have a sensory room and a spa within large private gardens. All dietary needs are catered for and the food is of the highest quality. We are situated in the heart of the Pyrenees minutes from Bagneresde Luch on a beautiful spa town. The area has many activities to offer throughout the year, skiing, while water rafting and biking. We are easily accessible from Toulouse or Pau airports by train or motorway. With over 19 years experience of caring and providing for people with special needs, we have created a homely and understanding environment in which families and groups can enjoy the experience of a relaxing holiday together. We look forward to welcoming you.
Paul and Susan Hughes, Les Pyracanthas, Route de Subercarrere, 31110 Montauban de Luchon, France; tel: +33 (0 )561 797 159, +33 (0) 7958 749210, +33 (0) 7969 377583

Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Activities Centre

The Centre specialises in providing outdoor activities for people of all ages with special needs. Visitors must be accompanied. Some of the activities include: canoeing, rowing, motor boats, horse riding, climbing, archery, initiative tests and environmental awareness. There is also a sports hall, which has a range of indoor games. The Centre is based in a country park alongside the Humble River in Hampshire. Self-catering accommodation is offered in frame cabins, each sleeping up to 8 people. Three cabins are wheelchair accessible. Families or groups welcome.
Phil Oates, Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Activities Centre, Manor Farm Country Park, Pylands Lane, Burlesdon, Hampshire, SO31 1BH
Tel: 023 8040 4844

RADAR (Royal Association for Disability & Rehabilitation)

Compiles the regularly updated "Holidays in Britain and Ireland a guide for disabled people". Also produces fact sheets on leisure activities one on sport and outdoor activities and the other on arts and crafts.
RADAR, 12 City Forum, 250 City Road, London, EC1V 8AF
Tel: 020 7250 3222; fax: 020 7250 0212

The Ranch Outdoor Discovery Centre

The Ranch Outdoor Discovery Centre exists to offer young people opportunities for exciting residential experiences all year round in the heart of Snowdonia. Accommodation is available for up to 40 guests. Activities on site include archery, orienteering, hill and mountain walks, initiative challenges and woodland survival skills. A range of other activities, such as rock climbing, kayaking, high ropes course and pony trekking are available nearby and can be arranged by the Centre. The Centre is also near to many local attractions.
Andy Whittaker, Head of Centre, The Ranch Outdoor Discovery Centre, Bryn-y-Moel, Llanbedr, Gwynedd LL45 2HU; tel: 01341 241358; fax: 01341 241530; email:, website:

Royal British Legion

Funds holidays for severely disabled people, and also run convalescent homes for those who do not require nursing care. Applicants do not have to be members of the Royal British Legion, but should have served a minimum of seven days in the services or be a widow, widower or spouse of an ex-service person. Applications for assistance must be made to the service committee of the nearest Royal British Legion branch. For further ifn4omation please contact the
Royal British Legion, 48 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5JY
Telephone 020 7973 7200
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Second Space

Second space is a new charity aimed at providing parents of severely disabled children, and children with a life limiting conditions and children with special needs, with a weeks break. These breaks will take place in wonderful second homes donated by the owners to the charity for one week in every year, the home will be offered for free. Our aims are two fold as in those cases where alternative care for your special; needs child is available for the period of the holiday, the idea is to offer the parents a Complete break form their caring role and where there are other children, to enjoy a complete break form their caring role and where there are other children, to enjoy some stress -free time with them. If however you are unable to arrange respite care for your second space will consider offering the whole family a holiday where possible. It is worth bearing in mind however that being second homes they are unfortunately not equipped with any special facilities that many families might need. We are encouraging people to contact us directly so that we might send them a form to fill in and return to us. For further information please contact
Telephone 0207 792 9043 on a Monday or Friday

Special Families Swap Register

The Special Families Home Swap Register as a new and much needed service specifically for those with a physical disability. Many of those people have not been able go very far due to the lack of suitably equipped accommodation. This home exchange service has the potential to provide a tremendous array of holiday and long weekend breaks. It provides the freedom to travel with the confidence that arrangements will suit all concerned. What's more, all profits will be returned to The Special Families Trust, a charity in the South West supporting disabled children and their families.
Erme House, Station Road, Plympton, Plymouth, Devon, PL7 3AU, UK
Telephone 01752 347577

The Stackpole Centre

The Stackpole Centre is set in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. It offers self-catering accommodation for groups, families and individuals. It provides a leisure complex, theatre, art and music workshop for guests to arrange their own activity holiday.
Julie Freeman, Co-ordinator, The National Trust, The Stackpole Centre, Pembroke, Dyfed SA71 5DQ; tel: 01646 661425 (reception), 01646 661618 (bookings).

Support In Spain

Support in Spain is a new service run by UK qualified social workers, registered on the Costa Blanca to provide care services. They aim to provide specialist holidays, short breaks and respite for adults and young people with learning disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders. They focus on an individuals needs and wishes to develop a holiday package that is individual, enabling and supporting people, to make use of and take advantage of all the facilities and opportunities that are available to other holidaymakers. Services available are: escort services from and to the UK, 24-hour support, needs based individual support plans, flexible respite provision for carers, personal care and encouraging the maintenance of an individuals programme of care, opportunities to develop social and personal daily living skills in relaxed environments, flexible holiday and care packages with or without flights and various accommodation choices for example villas and apartments.
Shirley Sadri, Care Manager, Support in Spain, Calle Covadonga, 23, 1C Edif. Maastricht, Pilar de la Horadada, 03190 Alicante, Spain; tel: +34 96 535 29 18 or +34 64 671 76 15 (mobile); email:

Tourism For All

Tourism For All (formerly Holiday Care) is a fantastic site giving information about holidays for disabled people both families with children and older people - they have a link to a list of places which can offer specialist respite care with accommodations for a large number of disabilities including ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Disorders. They also have a details of many other holiday organisations and information for equipment and special needs. There is also a page for Holidays for families with a disabled child - Holidays arranged by voluntary and commercial organisations. Holiday accommodation with a key to which disability they have special facilities for at each venue.

Some of the information is for charitable organisations who can help toward holidays and also to commercial venues or hotels who cater for specific conditions

Very helpful in finding accommodation where a child with behavioural difficulties will be welcome.

Travelling By Rail

There is a Disabled Persons Railcard which is valid for 12 twelve months. It entitles the holder to discounts of up to a third on a range of tickets and if an adult is accompanying the railcard holder they too can travel at the same discounted fare. There is a list of who would qualify, which includes anyone receiving DLA higher rate for help with getting around or in the higher/middle rates for help with personal care. Anyone interested can ring National Rail Enquiries on the number below. There is also a booklet called Rail Travel for Disabled Passengers, which is available from stations. Anyone who needs help whilst travelling should contact the rail company they are travelling with. National Rail Enquiries can give contact details of these.
National Rail Enquiries, Tel: 0845 7484950

Trevanion House

Offers holiday opportunities for adults with learning disabilities - on their own, with their family or in small groups. Hotel facilities include rooms - all with full en-suite facilities and TV - for up to 21 guests plus dining room, lounges and large gardens. Situated on the edge of Wadebridge midway between Bodmin Moor and the coast at Padstow. Educational programmes and respite care also available. Full escorted group holiday programme, determined by individual interests. It offers a complete package including all meals, local mini-bus transport and appropriate care support. A registered Care Home for short-term stay.
David Smith, Manager or Glennis Simpson Bookings Administrator, Trevanion House, Trevanion Road, Wadebridge, Cornwall PL27 7PA; tel: 01208 814903; fax: 01208 816268

The Ty Glyn Davis Trust

The centre is a single storey building which can accommodate 16 people in nine bedrooms. There is a purpose built bathroom with powered shower, changing bench and hoist. The centre is set among woodlands on the banks of the river Aeron, just outside the harbour town of Aberaeron. Sandy beaches where seals and dolphins can be watched are a short drive along the coast road. Around the centre are lots of wildlife, and a woodland walk which leads to a walled garden, to which visitors have unlimited access. There is also an adventure playground in the garden. The centre may be used for the benefit of children and young people with disabilities by groups, schools and families with disabled members or others with special needs and their carers. It can also be used by relevant organisations for training and related purposes and by adults out of season.
Mrs Debree, The Ty Glyn Davis Trust, The Baliff House, Llanerchaeron, Ciliauaeron SA48 8DG; tel: 01545 571604

Tyn-Yr-Erw Farm Bunk House

Tyn-Yr-Erw is a small holding in beautiful peaceful hills on the edge of Snowdonia. Here we provide respite care for individuals and bunk house accommodation for groups or families. The farmhouse is 300 years old with beamed ceilings and open fires, amazing views and beautiful garden. The price for bunk house accommodation is £12.50 per night which includes breakfast, packed lunch and an evening meal cooked with much home grown organic produce.
Helen Iller, Tyn-yr-Erw, Glanyrafan, Nr. Corwen, Denbighshire LL21 0HE; tel: 01490 460464

Voluntary Service Aberdeen, Holiday Fund & Caravan Holidays

With four caravans, one of which is specially adapted for the disabled, much needed breaks are available from April to September for people who would otherwise never be able to afford a holiday. The Holiday Fund can also make grants to families on low incomes to help with the costs of a short break. For further information please contact
Voluntary Service Aberdeen, 38 Castle Street, Aberdeen, AB11 5YU
Telephone 01224 212021

Wyndcott Hotel

The hotel is owned and operated by the March Foundation, a registered charity helping children with Special Educational Needs to reach their full potential and to achieve their own personal objectives. During term times, the hotel is used by mainstream schools working with small groups of children on the Foundations Magic Formula visits. This attractive nine-bedroomed country house hotel by the sea is available for the exclusive use of groups of up to 23 children, parents, carers or teachers during school holidays, half terms and weekends. Our attractive dining room overlooks the bay and leads into a comfortable sitting room with log fire in the winter. There is a separate meeting room which can seat up to 25 people in comfort. The nine en suite bedrooms have their own individual character and most have views over the garden or bay. The numerous local activities include Exmoor and many others.
Suzanne Richards, Marketing Manager, The Wyndcott Hotel, Martlet Road, Minehead, Somerset TA24 5QE; tel: 01252 810557; fax: 01252 614040

YHA (Youth Hostels Association)

The YHA is a charity which offers accommodation throughout England & Wales in over two hundred and fifty locations many of which cater for people with learning disabilities. Many YHAs also provide family rooms and accommodate groups. All Youth Hostel Managers will be happy to discuss individual requirements and offer help and advice. Youth Hostels Association (England & Wales), Trevelyan House, Dimple Road, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3YH; tel: 0870 770 8868; fax: 0870 770 6127

Play and leisure

All children, including disabled children, have the right to play, have fun and take part in recreational activities. This is important as play has a very important role in a child's development. Play can help develop speech, sensory skills, imagination, independence and social skills. Toys and play can be fun as well as educational and therapeutic. It is crucial that all children, whatever their abilities are given the opportunity to play and access leisure facilities. For further advice and information on suitable toys you can speak to a paediatric occupational therapist. Through activity and play the paediatric occupational therapist works with children to help them attain the highest possible quality of life. The paediatric occupational therapist can work in a variety of settings including the NHS, social services, educational or charitable organisations.

There may also be a local play scheme or parent support group in your area where toys and ideas can be exchanged. Contact the help line for local information.

There are a number of commercial outlets and specialist suppliers. Some of these are listed under 'Commercial Suppliers.' Because there are so many it is important for parents to get the right advice to ensure they get value for money. The following organisations can provide further specialist information:

National Association of Toy & Leisure Libraries, 68 Churchway, London NW1 1LT
Tel: 020 7387 9592
For details of any local toy and leisure libraries in your area.

Listening Books
12 Lant Street, London SE1 1QH
Tel: 020 7407 9417
Provides an audio book library for anyone who has difficulty reading.

Play and Leisure

Kidsactive is the leading national voice for the policy and practice of inclusive play. This is undertaken by providing services on its 6 playgrounds in London, and by promoting inclusive play through publications, training and consultancy nationwide.
Central Office, Pryors Bank, Bishops Park, London, SW6 3LA
Tel: 020 7736 4443 - Fax: 020 7731 4426


The aim of the RDA is to provide disabled people with the opportunity to ride and/or to carriage drive to benefit their health and well being. The RDA has many groups throughout the country some of which have special experience in teaching children with autism to ride. Each county or region has a representative who can give you details of Groups in your area. Although it does organise some holidays, these are for members only.
RDA, Avenue R, National Agricultural Centre, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2LY
Tel: 024 7669 6510 - Fax: 024 7669 6532

MENCAP - (The Royal Society for Mentally Handicapped Children & Adults)

Mencaps Gateway clubs help people with a learning disability take part in a range of leisure, social and creative activities that provide great opportunities for personal development. There are more than 600 clubs, projects and Gateway Award Groups in England. Mencap also has information on holidays for people with disabilities.
MENCAP - Tel: 0808 808 1111

Wish Granters

Children's Wish Foundation

Grants wishes to children with life threatening illnesses.
Loom Lodge, 24 Loom Lane, Radlett, Herts, WD7 8AD
Telephone: 01923 855586

Dial a Dream

Fulfils the dreams and aspirations of children aged 3 to 18 who are suffering from life threatening and seriously debilitating illnesses; specialises in the unusual.
7 Addison Road, Wanstead, London E11 2RG
Telephone: 0181 530 5589

Dreams Come True

A nationwide charity whose aim is to lift the spirits of seriously and terminally ill children, by enabling them to fulfil their most treasured dreams, which can be as varied as a child's imagination. Helps children form the age ranges 2-21 inclusive.
York House, Knockhundred Row,Midhurs, West Sussex GU29 9DQ
Telephone: 01730 815000

Make a wish foundation UK

Offers children between the ages of 3to 18 who have a life threatening illness a special wish. For further information contact:
Make-A-Wish Foundation UK, 329-331 London Road, Camberley, GU15 3HQ
Telephone: 01276 24127

Starlight Foundation

Offers children between the ages of 4 to 18 who have a life threatening illness a special wish.
Starlight Foundation, 11-15 Emerald Street, London WC1N 3QL
Telephone: 020 7430 1642

When You Wish Upon A Star

Realises the dreams and wishes of children suffering from life-threatening diseases or who require long spells in hospital.
Futurist House, Valley Rd, Basford, Nottingham NG5 1JE
Telephone: 0115 979 1720

Happy Days Children's Charity

Byron House, 43 Cardiff Road, Luton LU1 1PP
Tel. (01582) 755999
Provides special holidays and days out for children aged 3-17 years who suffer from severe illnesses and disabilities, or who have extenuating circumstances.

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