Charities providing or assisting with disabled holidays
The following may provide or arrange disabled accessible holiday accommodation or provide support for those in need. Some may require referral by a professional. The list has been compiled by ACE from our research or recommendation however we do not have the resources to make checks, we do not endorse or offer an opinion on these listings, they are provided for reference in good faith.
ACE recommends that for your own protection, travel and accommodation abroad is booked through a reputable tour operator or agent that is backed by ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) and for air travel ATOL (Air Travel Organiser’s Licence), we also suggest that adequate travel insurance is purchased. - for more information please see the www.gov.uk website. Charity status can be checked on The Charity Commission for England and Wales website
The 3H Foundation - a registered charity that runs: A Grants Programme assisting families on a low income who have a family member with disabilities, to organise their own UK holiday. A Carers’ Programme. A Group Holidays Programme And a TeensOut Programme
Speyside Trust at Badaguish - "Speyside Trust offers support and facilities for organised groups and families with a range of additional needs to help people participate in outdoor camps, outings, expeditions and activities to enjoy the Speyside countryside."
Beamsley Project - charity that provides self-catering holiday accommodation for people with disabilities in the Yorkshire Dales
Bendrigg Trust - residential activity centre specialising in high quality courses for disabled and disadvantaged people, of any age or ability - Old Hutton, Kendal, Cumbria
Brothers of Charity - a short breaks facility in Lancashire for people with profound and complex needs
Calvert Trust - Outdoor Adventure - Exmoor, Northumbria and The Lake District - charity
Canal Ability - "Canal Boat Holidays and Day Trips for People with Disabilities"
CS Disabled Holidays - (Formerly known as The Cavendish Spencer Trust) "providing funding towards holidays and respite breaks for adults with severe physical disabilities."
Countryside Education Trust - The Countryside Education Trust Out of Town Centre, fully accessible accommodation
Deafblind UK Deafblind UK owns two self catering caravans one in Prestatyn and one in Hopton-on-Sea, Norfolk
The Disaway Trust - "The Disaway Trust is a registered charity that organises group holidays with physically disabled people, which has been in existence since 1981"
Donna’s Dream House - "The Donna’s Dream House Charity in Blackpool is a locally based trust, providing free holiday experiences for children and teenagers with life-threatening illnesses and their families."
Dukes Barn - "Dukes Barn Outdoor Activity Centre provides adventurous activities for people of all ages and abilities. The Centre is situated in Beeley, which is one of the villages on the Chatsworth Estate, in the heart of the Peak District National Park in Derbyshire."
Family Fund - Helping disabled children - give grants to families raising disabled and seriously ill children
Fulfil the Wish - "a registered charity which was founded in 2000 to provide activity and sightseeing holidays for children and young people who have lifelong and life-limiting disabilities"
The Garwood Foundation - "offer a fully adapted holiday caravan for hire which is located at Church Farm Holiday Park in Pagham, West Sussex" "This is available to hire by anyone with a disability or special needs, with their family, friends, partner or carer."
The Harriet Davis Trust - "The Trust provides four self-catering holiday houses in the beautiful walled seaside town of Tenby in Pembrokeshire, south west Wales.The adapted and wheelchair accessible holiday houses are each unique for their views or locations and are available all year round for families with disabled children up to the age of 21."
Happy Days Children's Charity - "helps families and groups by organising and funding special days and holidays such as trips to the seaside, theatres, zoos, museums, outdoor activity centres, sporting events and other educational and cultural activities for children in the UK living with mental, physical and emotional difficulties."
Holidays With Help - "provide respite care breaks for people with disabilities and their carers."
Homelands Fife - "Wheelchair accessible luxury self-catering holiday lodges and disability accessible lodges nestled in mature woodlands in the East Neuk village of Lundin Links"
JollyDays - provide an unforgettable supported holiday for adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities.
Leuchie House - "Short breaks with expert care for people with MS and other long term conditions"
Kids in Action "Escape to the seaside with a holiday in one of our very own coastal caravans – only for Kids in Action members and their families!"
Lyneal Trust - "offers canal boat and cottage holidays and canal day trips in beautiful Shropshire for people with disabilities, illness or injury, or any other vulnerability and their family, friends and carers who may accompany them."
Nancy Oldfield Trust - "offer accessible accommodation, canoeing, sailing and motor cruising on the Norfolk Broads", + a "self-catering, fully accessible bungalow".
Newman Holiday Trust - "The Newman Holiday Trust is a voluntary organisation which provides summer holidays for children with special needs"
Peter Le Marchant Trust - "For over 40 years the Peter Le Marchant Trust has provided day trips and holidays on the water to a wide range of children and adults who experience health and social issues in their day to day lives"
RAF Disabled Holiday Trust - "Providing accessible holidays for disabled serving and former members of the RAF and their dependants"
Revitalise Respite Holidays - "create revitalising breaks filled with entertainment and new experiences, backed up by 24-hour expert care and much needed reassurance"
Seagull Trust Cruises - "a charitable organisation, wholly run by unpaid volunteers, that provides free barge trips for people with special needs"
Sebastian’s Action Trust - "provide places and spaces where families can access time together, away from the stresses of hospital and home at The Bluebells, Hampshire and The Woodlands, Berkshire"
Ski 2 Freedom Foundation - "UK charity created to be an inspiration for winter-based activities and experiences for anyone affected by life-changing needs, serious health conditions, disability or where health and mental welfare is affected by economic or social disadvantage."
The Youth Cancer Trust - "The Youth Cancer Trust provides support and free holidays at the Tracy Ann House in Bournemouth for teenagers and young adults (aged 14 to 30) with cancer from anywhere in the UK and Ireland."
The Kensington Foundation- Daisy Chain Project - a respite holiday programme which offers self- contained and peaceful accommodation for special needs children and their families."
For professional referral
Clevedon Convalescent Fund - A Christian charity which makes grants for UK residents of limited means who need a convalescent break following illness or trauma, individuals caring for people with health problems or a disability.
Family Holiday Association - "For over 40 years, the Family Holiday Association has provided breaks for UK families struggling with issues such as disability, severe and sudden illness, bereavement, mental health issues and domestic violence."
Torbay Holiday Helpers Network THHN - "Torbay Holiday Helpers Network provides free fun filled memory making holidays, to families who have seriously ill children, families who are recently bereaved"
Trewan Sands Childrens Trust - "offer holidays through Haven Holidays who have 35 sites dotted around the cost throughout the UK" and "Family Breaks for up to 6 people on the “Margaret Kane”, a wide beam canal boat purpose built in 2007 providing easy wheelchair and disabled access. It is moored at Barton Grange Marina near Garstang on the Lancaster Canal"