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Holidays and respite care

Information about support available to help you to go on holiday.

Group holidays

The following centres cater for groups of people but do not provide holidays or respite care for individuals, either unaccompanied or with carers.

South

QE2 Activity Centre

qe2activitycentre.co.uk
Provides fully supervised outdoor activities for people of all ages with special needs. Groups must be accompanied. Self-catering accommodation is in log cabins, each sleeping up to eight people.

East

CanalAbility

canalability.org.uk
Provide affordable canal boat holidays for disabled people with their families, friends or community group. Their boats are accessible and can be booked for day trips or longer holidays.

Trent and Yorkshire

Low Mill Outdoor Centre

lowmill.com
Situated in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Low Mill offers high quality all-inclusive residential and day outdoor education experiences. All sectors of the community, including schools, colleges, youth groups, families and corporate groups are welcome. The centre has been adapted to accommodate those with special needs and disabilities.

North

Bendrigg Trust

bendrigg.org.uk
This residential centre specialises in indoor and outdoor activities for all people, regardless of ability. A programme of activities is drawn up to meet the needs of the group.

Kepplewray Centre

kepplewray.org.uk
An inclusive education and activity centre in the Lake District National Park, with a Christian ethos. Available for groups and family breaks.

Scotland

Badaguish Cairngorm Outdoor Centre

badaguish.org
The centre offers a range of accessible self-catering accommodation for groups of six or more. There are also wigwams and tent pitches. The centre offers respite care/short-break activity holidays for unaccompanied individuals (usually with learning/multiple disabilities). Visitors can take part in a variety of accessible outdoor activities.

Penumbra Respite Care

penumbrarespitecare.org.uk
Provides residential respite care for adults experiencing or recovering from mental health problems, and short breaks from the caring relationship. Cairdeas House is a safe, homely environment where people can go for a planned break from the pressures of difficult living routines or ongoing ill-health. About a third of bookings give carers and other family members a break from the responsibilities of continuous care. Emergency/crisis breaks where the crisis is of a social nature (for example, in the case of carer ill-health) may also be possible.

This information was published in November 2016.

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