Holidays and breaks for the disabled.
The issue for many people with serious physical disabilities is to find the right facilities combined with good accessibility of the holiday venue. The holiday must be affordable and worthwhile. The Cavendish Spencer Trust does not make any specific recommendations about organisations or places but does list some organisations (some charities, some not) which may be helpful in making choices about a holiday break. Our list is certainly not comprehensive and there are likely excellent sites we have omitted: the list will be further developed over time.
Many disease specific Charities (eg Motor Neuron Disease Association, Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, Multiple Sclerosis Society) have much useful information about holidays and travel issues including air travel, insurance, equipment, ventilators etc targeted at their particular client group. We have not listed these here.
The Brain Charity(Reg Charity 1114999)
Includes online and downloadable information about a range of holidays, travel insurance and funding
Tourism for All (Reg Charity 279169)
Holidays with Help (Reg Charity 1081296)
Provide respite care breaks for people with disabilities and their carers / family with support from trained helpers, plus medical and nursing support if needed
3H Helping Hands for Holidays (Reg Charity 286306)
Leonard Cheshire Disability (Reg Charity 218186)
Information about short breaks in Leonard Cheshire Homes, holidays at their hotel and short breaks at home
020 3242 0392
Revitalise (Reg Charity 295072)
Providing short breaks and holidays (respite care) for people with physical disabilities and carers at their three centres in England.
0303 303 0145
Turn2us (Reg Charity 207812)
Helps people in financial need access broad range of benefits, charitable grants etc including those local to individual
Disabled Holiday Info (Reg Charity 1119972)
Livability (Reg Charity 1116530)
Carers Trust (RegCharity 1145181)
Charity to support carers including information about respite care and taking holidays
Able Community Care
Live-in care services provide one to one care at home on short term (respite care) basis as well as long term
Company specialising in marketing companies / property owners that offer services to disabled holidaymakers and those living with pre-existing medical conditions
Travel agency committed to providing holidays for disabled in UK and abroad
0800 993 0796
Emphasising accessibility of tourist accommodation and sites in Britain with database of venues searchable by accessibility, and national scheme gradings for mobility, visual and hearing impairment
Ceiling Hoist users Club (CHuC)
Organisation promoting interests of those who need to used hoists / ceiling track hoists when away from home accommodation
01772 814 555
The British Polio Fellowship
The British Polio Fellowship is a charity dedicated to helping, supporting and empowering approximately 120,000 people in the UK living with the late effects of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS).
Jubilee Sailing Trust
(Registered Charity. No. 277810) Provides sailing for all abilities, http://jst.org.uk