Finding and planning your holiday
High Street Travel Agents are the best people to ask for advice if you are planning a holiday especially if you are able bodied and in good health. Below are a number of organisations who are able to advise you if you are disabled, a carer or are travelling with someone who is disabled or has a specific health need.
Accessible Travel and Leisure
Avionics House, Kingsway Business Park
Telephone: 01452 729739
Tailor-made holidays for people with disabilities. Worldwide travel, cruises, hotels and self-catering villas. Our aim is to make all arrangements and special requirements for your accessible and disabled holidays – from door to door. We ensure that we arrange disabled holidays to suit your specific needs using both mainstream and disabled hotels.
We can – hire equipment, arrange nursing care in resorts and provide accessible excursions.
18 Stephenson Way
Telephone: 0808 800 4050
Helpline: 0800 800 4050
Call the helpline for holiday information. They also have four hotels that are specially adapted for people with arthritis.
British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association (BLESMA)
Frankland Moore House
185-187 High Road
Tel: 020 8590 1124
Fax: 020 8599 2932
BLESMA can arrange holidays for members, their wives or widows.
British Polio Fellowship
Unit A, Eagle Office Centre
Tel: 0800 0180 586
Available to members :
Self-catering bungalow at Burnham, Somerset with wheelchair access, hoists etc. but no nursing care is available to members of the British Polio Fellowship and their families.
Holiday Grants Scheme- ring the help line for general enquiries
There is a national network of branches and groups for members to join e.g. including Dorset.
Chalfont Line Holidays
4 Providence Road
Tel: 01895 459 540
Escorted and assisted holidays and transport for slow walkers or wheelchair users in the UK and abroad. Will also recommend experienced travel companions.
The Disaway Trust is a charity, which organises holidays for the physically disabled people. They are able to accommodate people with most kinds of physical disability aged between 16 and 80. There will be at least one RGN on each holiday. Costs and holiday details are on their website. The Holiday maker is expected to pay the full cost of the holiday with the helper paying approximately half and Disaway fundraising for the other half. Contacts for further details:
55 Tolworth Park Road
Tel: 0208 390 2576
East Holton Charity
Tel: 01202 625562
Thoughtfully designed and fully accessible flexible accommodation at The Barn or at one of 2 cottages Gateway or Woodland cottage, set in 350 acres of beautiful and natural landscape looking towards the shores of Poole Harbour. Creative and environmental activities or peace and quiet.
Green Island Trust
Fully accessible holidays in the ‘The Old Barn’ in the grounds of Holton Lee. For further details contact Rob and Barbara Newman on 01202 842880 , email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.greenislandholidaytrust.com
2 Grove Road
Tel: 01202 552233
Fax: 01202 292233
The Grove, owned by the Christchurch based Macmillan Caring offers both cancer patients and those with life threatening illnesses, and their families or carers a special Hotel Holiday in an attractive seaside setting. Whilst guests should be either self-caring or assisted by their families or carers, there is professional advice available if needed giving added security to a relaxing holiday. The hotel has 30 bedrooms, made up of 17 Standard and 13 Superior rooms. One bedroom is fully DDA compliant with a remote control bed and a recliner chair. Two more bedrooms have bathrooms that are DDA compliant and suitable for wheelchair access. The hotel has lift service to all floors with a level access entrance into the hotel.
Jubilee Sailing Trust – tall ship sailing holidays
Tel: 023 8044 9108
Fax: 023 8044 9145
The JST owns and operates the world’s only square rigged sailing ships, the Lord Nelson and Tenacious, especially designed and built to enable men and women of all physical abilities to share the challenge of crewing a tall ship at sea. Voyages last 5 to 11 days and are around the UK and Canary islands. Berths available for physically disabled and able-bodied adults aged 16 and over. There are no passengers on board, every crew member has a role to play irrespective of age, ability or gender. Each voyage can take up to 40 crew including 20 people with physical disabilities, including 8 wheelchair users.
The Kiloran Trust
157 Blythe Road
Tel: 0207 602 7404
Fax: 0207 602 3303
The Kiloran Trust is a registered charity established to provide residential supportive breaks to those caring for a sick, elderly or dependent relative at home who feel the need of a break away. The Kiloran Trust provide a sympathetic and welcoming house where
carers are free to rest as much as they want, unburden and talk if they wish, and spend time as they choose in order to recharge their batteries.
The Lin Berwick Trust
Purpose-built self-catering accommodation for people with disabilities, their families and carers. Facilities include Scan 700 beds, Clo-o-Mat toilet, bedroom-to-bathroom hoist,
wheelchair shower and much more. Two holiday houses, with one in Norfolk and the other in Scotland. Open all year, for further information and bookings about the Trust or holiday accommodation contact:
The Christopher Centre
10 Gainsborough St
Tel: 01787 372343
MS Society – Wareham and Purbeck
Adapted holiday accommodation available both locally and in other parts of the country for people with MS. For further details contact:
Tel: 01202 622146
Refresh Respite Breaks
63 Wimborne Road
Tel: 01202 772211
Refresh Respite Breaks are a Bournemouth based company able to book respite holidays and short breaks for adults with Learning Disabilities and/or Mental Health problems, and other complex needs. Holidays are available at 4 homes in the Bournemouth area and one abroad in France. Support staff are available on site, there is a 24hr call service, a wide range of activities, outings and social gatherings. Respite Breaks are also able to offer you support with holidays in other parts of the world if required. Contact the Bookings Manager for further details.
Royal Air Force and Disabled Holiday Trust
Mrs B Tomkins
Royal Air Force Disabled Holiday Trust
67 Portland Place
Tel: 0207 3073 303
The aim of the Trust is to make it possible for both serving and ex-Royal Air Force personnel and their dependants with severe disability to take holidays abroad on equal terms with able bodied people.
Royal British Legion
199 Borough High Street
Tel: 08457 725 725 (Legionline) Open: 9am – 4pm Monday to Friday
Tel: 01258 458202 (Dorset County British Legion Office)
The British Legion is able to offer a variety of holiday packages to serving and ex-service people and their families or dependants. Contact the Legionline for details of what is available.
Tourism for All UK
7A Pixel Mill
44 Appleby Road
Tel: 0845 124 9971
Tourism for All UK is an independent charity supporting leisure and tourism opportunities for all, operating an information service to older and disabled people. A central source of information for older and disabled people and their carers wishing to take a holiday break.
Tel: 01208 814903
Fax: 0870 7059682
Holidays and respite care for adults with learning difficulties.
212 Business Design Centre
52 Upper Street
Tel: 0303 3030145
A national disability charity with accessible centres located around the UK. The centres are open all year round, providing guests with an extensive range of short breaks for disabled people in a holiday setting. Each centre offers 24-hour personal support and care-on-call from staff and volunteers, as well as pre-arranged trips and activities and on-site entertainment. Special accommodation also available to guests suffering from Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimers.
Vitalise – Jubilee Lodge
Tel: 020 8501 2331
Fax: 020 8559 9583
Located in a leafy woodland setting close to Epping Forest, London with its many attractions. Jubilee Lodge offers full board accessible accommodation and is registered to provide residential nursing and personal care.
Vitalise - Netley Waterside House
Tel: 02380 453 686
Fax: 02380 455 449
Located close to Southampton Water and close to the New Forest. Netley Waterside House offers full board accessible accommodation and is registered to provide residential nursing and personal care, and also welcomes 16-17 year olds with physical disabilities.
Vitalise – Sandpipers
Tel: 01704 538 388
Fax: 01704 549 764
Located close to the Marine Lake and close to the centre of Southport with its promenade and Victorian arcades Sandpipers provides full board accessible accommodation and is registered to provide residential nursing and personal care.
Vitalise also offers holidays for sighted and visually impaired people.