Whilst every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of information provided to Carers, St.Helens Carers Centre do not undertake any liability for any error or omission. The services listed are not necessarily endorsed or recommended by St.Helens Carers Centre

European Emergency Number - Wherever you are in the European Union, you can always reach the emergency services on 112, the single European emergency number. The EU rules on 112 have recently been reinforced and the Commission continues to monitor their correct implementation.


Information from the above link will include how to obtain forms to inform airlines about incapacity and illness (usually downloadable from the airline website, how to obtain seats at reduced rates if you are accompanying a person with illness or disability, and services you can arrange to support your journey. It is important that you establish at what point the airline relinquishes responsibility and the airport teams take over.

Manchester Airport - 

0871 310 2200- Blue Badge long term parking 0871 271 0711- Airport Disability Team

Liverpool John Lennon Airport -

ABILITY 2 TRAVEL - - 01536 501298
Provide experienced Personal Assistants/Travel Companions. Services can range from Supervision only to full Personal Care

ACCESS TRAVEL -  - 0844 800 919
Provide holiday packages abroad. All accommodation has been inspected and full details of wheelchair access are available

This service will depend on time and duration of holiday, and availability of staff

0151 227 5445. Can provide trained care assistants to accompany Carers on holiday in the UK and abroad


CALVERT TRUST -  - provides outdoor adventurous activities for disabled people , their families and carers in three centres. Exmoor : 01598 763221 Kielder: 01434250232 Lake district:01768772255

THE CARES GROUP -  - 01388 45888
Provide staff to support Carers on holiday in UK and abroad

DISABLED AFLOAT RIVERBOATS TRUST -  - 07778 842 358. Provide holidays for unaccompanied adults with disabilities or whole families. Offer help where needed. All boats are accessible for wheelchairs. Holidays range from three to fourteen days

ENABLE HOLIDAYS -  - 0871 222 4939 (0871 222 4940 for brochure)
Offer overseas holidays for disabled people and their families. Have accessible properties and hotels, and locations suitable for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility. Will arrange airport transfers in adapted vehicles, and in most resorts can plan the hire of mobility equipment

HOLIDAY CARE -  - 0845 124 997
National charity providing holiday and travel information for disabled and older people, and those on low incomes. Suitable hotels and self-catering establishments can also be booked through their reservations service

020 8390 9752. Respite care breaks for disabled people and their Carers, held once a year at Blackpool, and once in Sussex

3H FUND (HELP THE HANDICAPPED FUND) - - 01892 547474. 3H Fund organises subsidised group holidays for physically disabled children and adults with the support of volunteer helpers so that carers can have a separate break


RUSKIN LODGE - Swinburne Road , St Helens. -01744 20010
A purpose built primary care centre offering respite care for up to 22 people. Registration covers three categories- older people, dementia and physical disability. there are no restrictions placed upon guests based on age, sex , religious or ethnic origins.

THE ASSISTANCE TRAVEL SERVICE -  - 01708 863198. Information on resorts with nursing services, adapted accommodation and facilities, UK and abroad

PALADIN LIFE - RESPITE BREAKS - offer supported breaks/holidays in a holiday cottage in Horrabridge, Dartmoor 


VITALISE -  A national charity providing short breaks and holidays (respite care) for people with physical disabilities and carers.


YOUR DIRECTION -  Supported holidays for adults with learning disabilities and support needs both home and abroad



ACCESS AT LAST  - provides lists of accessible accommodation in England and around the world

Specialist hotel for the disabled. Specially adapted caravans for the disabled, ramp access and raised toilets. Holiday pick up and return service. Day excursions. Hoists and equipment available

CARERS HOLIDAYS have recently launched a new initiative providing carers the opportunity to have a break, with or without the cared for in two holiday caravan park locations – one in the Cotswolds and one in Devon. They have 8 caravans in total, 4 of which are fully wheelchair accessible. These are designed to offer carers an affordable, much needed break and change of scene. The feedback so far has been really positive and a break in a different environment in stunning English countryside can make an enormous difference.

For more information, please visit

A Wheelchair friendly path now runs from the village to Coniston Boating Centre, and includes a new steel bridge over Church Beck. Hopes are high that the trails will be extended linking the boating centre with other parts of Coniston

This charity has two caravans - located on Haven holiday parks in Somerset and Yorkshire - which they let to people with disabilities and Carers free of charge for holidays. You can contact them via their secretary, Stewart Foulds, Family and Carers Trust, 3 Larch Walk, Torquay, TQ2 7HG (Solihull Carers Centre have used them over a few years)

GLAMORGAN HOLIDAY HOTEL -  - 01656 785375 Respite Hotel, offering full board accommodation, with or without care package. Registered with Care Standards Agency.

GROOMS HOLIDAYS -  - 08456 58 44 78
Various Hotel and Self-Catering Holidays available, see brochure in Resource Files

HOMELANDS TRUST - FIFE -  - 01333 329039
Four self catering cottages, fully accessible with equipment to meet the needs of a wide range of disabilities

LA ROCHE DERRIEN, FRANCE -  - 0800 949 6801. English run converted Cotton Mill offering fully accessible holidays. English speaking support workers available. Accessible minibus available

LOWTHWAITE LODGE, PENRITH CUMBRIA - Accessible Luxury Self-Catering Holidays for Carers. This Lodge was donated to Age Concern in a legacy, the lady who lived there wanted to leave her home to be used by people in a caring role. The fully accessible lodge sleeps up to 4 people in two bedrooms, one en-suite double and one twin. There is a family bathroom with walk in shower. Call Age Concern Eden, 01768 863618 for quotes (the price is for the hire of the Lodge, not per person). In 2009 the price range was £ 125 to £ 400 for 7 nights, but the Lodge may be available for short breaks of 2 nights or more.

Have ground floor room that caters for the disabled. Underskiddaw, Keswick on Derwentwater, Cumbria, CA12 4PY. Email

Superb for disabled, and for Carers too. St.Ouen, Jersey JE3 2AA

Recommended by a Carer. Offers w/chair access, adjustable beds, walk in showers. Ground floor rooms have ceiling hoists. Hoists and electric wheelchair hire can be arranged.

ORTON RIGG HOTEL, POOLE - 01202 707946
Offers w/chair access, adjustable beds, walk in showers

Large, modern house adapted into a self catering holiday centre. Caters for parties only, but costs from only £10 a night. Has bath lifts and hoists fitted

This farm with converted buildings has been recommended to us by a Carer who's son has learning disabilities, and who enjoyed a holiday at this location with his Care Workers. It offers ground floor, wheelchair friendly accommodation, fully equipped. It is located at Out Rawcliffe, near Blackpool

THE ST ANNES HOTEL, South Promenade, St.Annes on Sea 01253 713108 Variety of rooms available, including suites accommodating up to 6 people so whole family can holiday together. Fully adapted shower rooms. Electric beds, emergency call system, hoists, special mattresses, easy access furniture - some facilities only available in certain rooms or on request when booking

THE WEST SHORE, West Parade, Llandudno, Conwy, LL30 2BB 01492 876833 
The facilities include emergency call points, wheel-in showers, overhead and mobile hoists, facilities for hearing impaired people and electric adjustable beds



The British Legion has 4 of their own Welfare Break Centres around the country which are for service or ex service personnel who maybe recovering from illness , hospitalisation or bereavement and need a break away. They are generally a 2 week holiday which can be free of charge dependant on financial criteria. Telephone 01925 244719 or go to

SSAFA  will look to provide funding to cover the costs of holiday breaks subject to circumstances. You can also contact the local branch by phone, 01744 22774 or email at

Frederick Andrew Convalescence Trust (FACT) provides women with financial assistance during times of convalescence, offering grants of up to £1000 to those of all ages, from all backgrounds and with almost any medical condition. Grants are for women only. Contact FACT c/o Andrew & Co, Clerk to the Trustees, St Swithins Square, Lincoln LN2 1HB or visit


Victoria Convalescent Trust awards grants for convalescence and periods of recuperative and respite care for those in need that do not have the financial resources to fund this and have been unable to obtain assistance from the statutory services. Applications for grants are only accepted from referring agencies such as Health, Education and Social Services, though never from a potential beneficiary. Contact The Grants Co-ordinator, Victoria Convalescent Trust, 11 Cavendish Avenue, Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 9DA or call 020 8502 9339.

The Margaret Champney Rest and Holiday Fund assist carers in having a break away from the person to whom care is normally provided. In exceptional circumstances, assistance may be provided where the carer and cared for wish to holiday together, if they are for instance married or partners or an adult or child caring for an aged parent or vice versa. Applications must come from a social worker or similar staff and must be made in writing, though initial contact by telephone is recommended. Contact The General Manager, Ogilvie Charities, The Gate House, 9 Burkitt Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4JJ, call 01394 388746, email or visit

The Sand Rose Project offers free one or two week breaks in Cornwall for families to help rebuild their lives after bereavement. Contact Sand Rose Project, PO Box 70, Hayle TR27 5WY, call 0845 6076357, email or visit

Holiday funds for seriously ill or disabled children

Family Fund is a government funded organisation helping low income families caring for a seriously ill or disabled child under the age of 16, offering a range of grants including help with holidays. Contact Family Fund, Unit 4, Alpha Court, Monks Cross Drive, Huntington, York YO32 9WN, call 0845 130 45 42, email or visit 

National Holiday Fund provides holidays at selected worldwide venues for chronically or terminally ill children and those with physically disabilities, aged 8 - 18 years. For details visit

Dream Makers Children’s Charity is a voluntary organisation that provides holidays for children that are seriously and terminally ill. Contact 37 Malborough Road, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham B36 0EH,call 0121 711 8982 or visit

Starlight Children’s Foundation offers grants to seriously and terminally ill children aged between 4 and 18 years. Contact Starlight Children's Foundation, Room PRW1, PO Box 4267, Goring, Reading, RG8 0AP, call 020 7262 2881, email or visit

Make a Wish makes awards to children and young people with life-threatening illnesses. Contact Make-A-Wish Foundation UK, 329-331 London Road, Camberley, Surrey GU15 3HQ, call 01276 405060, email or visit

When You Wish Upon a Star is a national organisation, set up for seriously ill children between the ages of 2 and 16. Contact When You Wish Upon A Star (Head Office), Futurist House, Valley Road, Basford, Nottingham NG5 1JE, call 0115 979 1720 or visit

Trefoil House provides grants for young people under the age 18 years with special needs or disability to take a holiday. Contact Trefoil House, East Lodge, Gogarmuir Road, Edinburgh, EH12 9BZ, call 0131 339 3148, email or visit

Holidays for children and adults with special needs
Grooms Holidays is a non-profit making charity which offers hotel and self-catering adapted holiday accommodation at approximately half the commercial cost for small groups travelling with a party member with disabilities. Write to PO Box 36, Cowbridge CF71 7GB or call 01446 771311

Break offers supported holidays, short breaks and respite care for people with learning disabilities and self catering holiday chalets. Contact Davison House,1 Montague Road, Sheringham , Norfolk NR26 8WN, call 01263 822161, email or visit

Deafblind UK offers specialist services, including low cost caravan holidays to those with deafblindness. Contact Deafblind UK, National Centre for Deafblindness, John and Lucille van Geest Place, Cygnet Road, Hampton, Peterborough, PE7 8FD, call 01733 358 100, email or visit 

The League of the Helping Hand provides one off grants for holidays that are recuperative following an illness/stay in hospital, or a carer's break. Contact The Secretary, LHH, PO Box 2548, Henfield, West Sussex BN5 9WS, call 01273 493551, email or visit

Queen Elizabeth's Foundation awards grants to enable disabled people to have a break at a specialist centre or nursing home of their choice. Contact Leatherhead Court, Woodlands Road, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 0BN, call 01372 841100, email or visit

3H Fund (Help the Handicapped Holiday Fund) organises group holidays for physically disabled people over 13 years old with volunteers and trained nurses to provide support. Depending upon incoming funds, 3H Fund also has a grant programme to assist disabled people and their families to organize a modest holiday for themselves in the UK. Contact 147a Camden Road, Tunbridge Wells TN1 2RA, tel.01892 547474, email or visit

National Benevolent Fund for the Aged provides Free Holidays for low income pensioners (Groups and individuals welcome) who have not been on holiday in the last three years. Contact 32 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1 0RE, call 020 7828 0200, email or visit



NODDFA CENTRE, NORTH WALES -  - 01492 623473
Offers breaks for Carers and ex-Carers, £27 day full board, concessions available

KILORAN TRUST, LONDON - - 020 7602 7404
Large house in London, run as respite centre for Carers. Breaks run from Monday to Saturday, £40 night full board. Kiloran will help to arrange to get the cost of the stay covered for those on low benefits


BETTER CARING -  - This site allows people to search for day care, respite care and long term care facilities in their area. The search can be made specific by adding special needs criteria such as Dementia or physical disabilities. It also covers issues important when making care choices and supporting someone who is using care facilities.

COALITION OF DISABLED PEOPLE - 757875 - Run a number of schemes which provide respite and services for Carers. See below for details of current schemes;
• ENABLING SCHEME - Support people with learning and/or physical disabilities to access community activities, thus enabling carer to have a break. Referral via Care Manager
• INTERLINK GROUP - Day Care support to ladies with a learning disability, thus enabling carer to have a break. Referral via Care Manager
• WEEKEND BREAK SCHEME - Supports people with learning disabilities to have a short break, thus providing respite for carer. Referral via Care Manager
CROSSROADS - 612499 - provide respite for Carers in the home
DOMESTIC SERVICE PROVIDERS - Click here to open list. You would need to negotiate with individual providers the length of calls and the services you require
• Adult services - 626686 - Based at Cowley Hill
• Children's services - 611501 - Based at Lingholme Health Centre

PSS SHORT BREAKS SERVICE - 0151 702 5551 - Family support service. This is provided in the form of Adult Placements, where a person goes to stay with a family in their own home, for breaks ranging in length and frequency. All placement families receive support from PSS and are fully screened and trained. It is possible for couples to have a break together, which may be husband and wife, parent and son/daughter, partners. Information available at Carers Centre or see PSS website -

THE RESPITE ASSOCIATION - 01406 701779 - Provides assistance in the funding of appropriately qualified respite care for disabled, sick, elderly or terminally ill persons so that their regular carer can have a break. email -

There are many venues across the country such as stately homes and theme parks which offer a discount to Carers - Click here for a list of venues which offer Carers a discount




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