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Useful organisations

This section of DLF Data contains details of numerous voluntary organisations, Government agencies, support groups and other contacts that may be useful to older and disabled people and their carers. If you find any information that is incorrect please email Data Services to let us know which 'Contact' is incorrect and what information needs changing. If you would like to be added to the database please complete these questions.

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Organises subsidised group holidays for physically disabled children and adults with the support of volunteer helpers so that the family carers can have a separate period of respite. In addition, when funds are available, 3H Fund provides grants to families on low income with a physically or mentally disabled dependant to have a modest UK holiday break.


  • B2 Speldhurst Business Park
  • Langton Road
  • Tunbridge Wells
  • TN3 0AQ

Provide information on services and assistive products available for people of all ages with sensory and/or physical disabilities. New technology product reviews, environmental controls and electronic gadgets. Readers can correspond via email with questions on any disability issue.


  • 201B Oxford Street
  • Swansea
  • SA1 3HT

Tour operator for people with disabilities and mobility problems. Every accommodation is personally inspected for guaranteed accessibility.


  • Avionics House
  • Kingsway Business Park
  • Quedgeley
  • GL2 2SN

Provides services for blind and partially sighted people in the areas of work, leisure, housing, accommodation, information and advice and grants to individuals.


  • 53 Sandgate Street
  • London
  • SE15 1LE

Break’s core business is the provision of children’s homes for Looked After Children in their home Local Authority. Break has six mainstream children’s homes in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire and a Therapeutic Fostering Service offering single placements to traumatised young people. - See more at: http://www.break-charity.org/ Provides holidays and respite care for children and adults with learning disabilities from all areas of the country at centres on the Norfolk coast. Open all year, the centres provide full 24-hour care, and a varied holiday programme including outings.


  • Davison House
  • 1 Montague Road
  • Sheringham
  • NR26 8WN

Accessible outdoor activity centre for people with disabilities where they can stay with their families, carers or friends. Activities include riding, carriage driving (indoor riding school), rock climbing, abseiling, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, archery, orienteering, swimming, (indoor pool complex with Jacuzzi and steam room) and camping on Exmoor in the summer. Fully accessible accommodation. Bursaries are available.


  • Wistlandpound
  • Kentisbury
  • Barnstaple
  • EX31 4SJ

Calvert Trust Kelder provide tailor-made outdoor activity days and breaks, adult respite care packages and self catering lodge holidays. Welcome guests of all ages and abilities.


  • Kielder Water & Forest Park
  • Hexham
  • NE48 1BS

Details organisations and companies providing services and products. Lists campsites with accessible facilities.


  • Greenfields House
  • Westwood Way
  • Coventry
  • CV4 8JH

Tour operator and organiser of leisure 'days out' for disabled and less agile people. Aims to enable those who have disabilities, to have access to the same holiday and leisure facilities as those who are able-bodied, if at all practical. Co-ordinates accommodation, transport and visits to most areas of the world.


  • Congress House
  • 14 Lyon Road
  • Harrow
  • HA1 2EN

Provides flights and holidays for sick and deserving children of all ages, for example children who require medical treatment abroad, or who have missed out on childhood experiences due to illness or who are socially deserving.


  • 15 Arbury Avenue
  • Cheadle Heath
  • Manchester
  • SK3 0QA

Aims to promote social welfare in mining communities to mineworkers and ex-mineworkers and their families, as well as coalfield communities. Activities include: providing a social work team to offer advice and pratical assistance, running day centres and a convalescent home, Offers various schemes including: holiday grants, motoring assistance, medical equipment loan service, and financial assistance.


  • The Old Rectory
  • Rectory Drive
  • Whiston
  • S60 4JG

Travel and holiday companion service providing companions, carers and nurses for anybody requiring care and assistance with travel, holidays and cruises. Arranges accessible holidays worldwide, transport, wheelchairs, disabled aids, plus insurance that covers almost every medical condition. Assignments are on a one to one basis, or for small groups.


  • 91 High Street
  • Uppermill
  • Saddleworth
  • OL3 6BD

National organisation working with and for disabled people. Aims to remove architectural, economic and attitudinal barriers. Particularly involved in the following areas: civil rights; education; employment; mobility; social services; housing and social security. Produces a number of publications and operates in conjunction with an affiliated network of approximately 500 local and national organisations. Disabled Students Helpline - 0800 328 5050 Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) - 0808 800 0082 Personal Budgets Help Line - 0300 555 1525 Member Organisations Welfare Rights Advice Service - 020 7250 8184


  • Ground Floor
  • CAN Mezzanine
  • London
  • N1 6AH

Arrange holidays for people with disabilities with medical conditions. Service includes: booking flights from most UK airports and arranging assistance at the airport, recommending accessible hotels, apartments and villas in a variety of wheelchair accessible resorts, helping disabled travellers by suggesting properties with wheel-in showers, pool hoists, ramped pool access and other services, guaranteed adapted rooms upon confirmation of booking, arranging transfers in adapted vehicles. sourcing and booking mobility equipment essential for day to day living.


  • 84 Berkeley Street
  • Charing Cross
  • Glasgow
  • G3 7DS

Mobilise is a self help organisation formed by the merger of the Disabled Drivers Motor Club and the Disabled Drivers Association. Runs an information service for both members and groups and a confidential telephone and mail answering service. Matters typically referred include DLA (mobility component) and Motability matters, driving licences, insurance availability, driving assessment, vehicle and adaptation choices. Publishes a monthly magazine and supplied other publications through an Online Shop.


  • National Headquarters
  • Ashwellthorpe
  • Norwich
  • NR16 1EX

Offers advice for people who have a physical disability who wish to ski independently with their families or friends. Focuses on the three top French ski resorts with accessible accommodation - Tignes, La Plagne and Avoriaz. Different types of ski options are available, including Mono-sit skiing, Bi-sit skiing for those with less balance, three tracks for amputees and four tracks.


  • 9 Reece Mews
  • London
  • SW7 3HE

Provide towards the cost of helpers of severely disabled people on holidays where these costs cannot be met by the helper, or from any other source, and where the disabled person would be unable to go on holiday without someone to assist him or her with everyday needs. Applications on the Trust's own forms must be supported by a bona fide organisation, doctor or social worker, willing to verify that the applicant meets the scheme's requirements. Minimum age is 17 years. Assistance towards holidays provided by local authorities will not be considered.


  • Northchapel House
  • North Street
  • Horsham
  • RH12 1RD

Aims to provide children with sports wheelchairs and give an opportunity for participation in sports through help with training and travel to sporting events. Activities include giving children with a disability the opportunity to participate in sports including: marathons, athletics, skiing, rugby, basketball, fencing, tennis and snooker. Also helps with the provision of manual wheelchairs, trikes for children to use every day at home, to go to school and enable them to play with their friends.


  • 12 Hazel Road
  • Woolston
  • Southampton
  • SO19 7GA

Outdoor cente for people with disabilities. Organises activity holidays and self catering holiday homes for people with disabilities.


  • The Lake District Calvert Trust
  • Little Crosthwaite
  • Keswick
  • CA12 4QD

National Christian charity working with disabled people to maintain their independence and improve their quality of life through the provision of care, employment and housing. Groom's Holidays is one of several operating divisions of John Grooms. It offers a wide range of accessible accommodation around England and Wales, including a fully accessible river boat on the Norfolk Broads. Following the merger of the John Grooms Association for Disabled People and the Shaftesbury Society the Grooms Shaftesbury charity has been formed. See Grooms Shaftesbury for further details.


  • Head Office
  • 6 Mitre Passage
  • London
  • SE10 0ER

Provides assistance to young adults and children who are experiencing hardship or deprivation; principally by the use of educational and social training. Activities include: holiday provision; education opportunities; countryside maintenance training; residential care; run sports activities.


  • Redcastle Station
  • Tore
  • Ross-Shire
  • IV6 7RX

Aim to assist around 2,000 children with disabilities mainly from the British Isles, in making a pilgrimage to Lourdes at Easter and to ensure adequate provision of voluntary medical and nursing helpers to accompany them. Also to provide accommodation for other people with disabilities at a specially adapted house near Lourdes between Easter and November in two groups a week, each of 40 to 50 pilgrims.


  • Oakfield Park
  • 32 Bilton Road
  • Rugby
  • CV22 7HQ

Help children with life-limiting illness, React works to give these children comfort, dignity and, where possible, greater independence. It helps them to remain in the security of their own homes and tries to relieve some of the terrible worry and strain their families experience.


  • St. Lukes' House
  • 270 Sandycombe Road
  • New Richmond
  • TW9 3NP

The Trust has 12 caravans and 1 chalet providing low cost self-catering holidays on 11 fully commercial holiday parks (eg Haven, Hoburne) for any family or group with special needs or low income and one parent families - in fact any family or group in which the quality of life is diminished by disability, infirmity or misfortune. No Scouting or Guiding connection is required.


  • Gilwell Park
  • Bury Road
  • London
  • E4 7QW

This charity provides: - expertise and support to the tourism and hospitality sector to supply accessible services for all. - accurate and timely information to visitors, in the manner in which they wish to receive it, to enable them to make informed choices. - information to people with disabilities and older people in relation to accessible accommodation and other tourism services. They work as well with policy-makers to ensure that specific needs are taken into account and that policies are coherent. Tourism for All works to create, develop and support accessibility and social inclusion in the hospitality and tourism industry, for customers and staff, regardless of age, disability or income. It is a UK-wide umbrella organisation which provides a national focus and co-ordinating role.


  • 7A Pixel Mill
  • 44 Appleby Road
  • Kendal
  • LA9 6ES

National charity providing essential services for disabled people, visually impaired people, and carers. Provides breaks for disabled adults, children and carers at five fully accessible UK Centres.


  • 212 Business Design Centre
  • 52 Upper Street
  • London
  • N1 0QH

Aims to enrich the lifestyle of people with mental or physical disabilities by providing gymnastic, educational and recreational facilities for all ages and all levels of disability. Run gymnastic and trampolining classes, and runs a holiday centre.


  • The Wingate Centre
  • Wrenbury Hall Drive
  • Nantwich
  • CW5 8ES

Living memorial to Sir Winston which operates a travelling fellowship scheme which to enable UK citizens, resident in the UK and from all walks of life, to acquire knowledge overseas to the benefit of this country. Subjects cover the widest variety of topics from the arts to industry and leading edge technology; conservation and the environment; social concerns and animal welfare; exploration and adventure to services for disabled people.


  • 29 Great Smith Street
  • London
  • SW1P 3BL

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