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Holidays and respite care

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

Residential care homes and retreats

Residential care homes may be able to provide holiday places or respite care for people recovering from mental health problems. Homes should be contacted directly for information.

South West

Silverleigh Cedars
Silverleigh and The Cedars are adjacent parts of a care home for residents over pensionable age, and are staffed 24 hours a day by registered mental health nurses. Both offer respite care, convalescence after leaving hospital, or permanent residence. A single room is also available for friends and relatives wishing to stay overnight.

Stonehaven Care Group operates a number of care homes across the South West offering respite care and a range of services.


People visit retreat centres for a variety reasons. Some feel a deep need for relaxation and refreshment, or are looking for a different perspective on life. For others, a retreat is a regular part of their spiritual practice. Retreats offer opportunities for reflection, silence, prayer, relaxation and/or creative activities. Some retreats may have a Christian or Buddhist perspective, whereas others are secular. The retreats listed below have indicated that they are willing to accept individuals who have experienced mental health problems and are seeking a recuperative break. Counselling or other support services are not necessarily provided.

South West

The Ammerdown Centre
Offers a full programme of retreats, holidays, workshops and conferences, and also provides facilities for groups wishing to organise their own retreats, conferences and training. Note: they are not able to provide any nursing or medical care or counselling support.

Trent and Yorkshire

Edward King House
Edward King House offers bed and breakfast in a friendly and informal atmosphere in the centre of Lincoln. It offers retreats, quiet days, workshops and study days.

Holy Rood House
A holistic and therapeutic healing centre, with a gentle Christian ethos that offers rest, recuperation, professional counselling and therapies for people of all ages. Single, twin and double rooms are available, with full-board.

St Oswald's Pastoral Centre
The centre provides conducted retreats, individually guided and private retreats, or quiet time for rest and study. There is no nursing provision. All single and double rooms have hot and cold water and are heated. Full board is provided. Payment is by donation and according to means. Contact via the website.

Sources of information on retreats

The following organisations and publications may be useful, and the latter may be available in your local reference library.

This website has a comprehensive directory of Buddhist retreat centres, and provides information on complementary health organisations and holistic practitioners in the UK.

The Retreat Association
The Retreat Association provides information on a diverse range of retreats across the UK, and publishes Retreats, an ecumenical journal about retreats. A directory of retreats can be found on the website.

Information services

Charities Digest
Provides access information on over 5000 regional and national charities, and other key independent organisations. Updated annually.

Disabled Holidays
An information service that assists individuals with finding a holiday in the UK and abroad. Mainly caters for people with physical disabilities and learning difficulties.

Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee
A website set up by the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC). It provides information about transport and advice about travelling for disabled and less mobile people, and provides links to other organisations.

Funds Online
A website providing information on more than 4,400 UK grant-making trusts, which give over £3.6 billion a year between them. The site can be searched by geographical area, name of trust, type of grant, and key words.

Heathrow Travel Care
Can provide information on flying from Heathrow and related issues, such as medication and travel advice.

Tourism for All
Tourism for All provides information and advice on many aspects of holidays and travel, and can make bookings at hotels and self-catering establishments.

This information was published in November 2016.

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