After Umbrage provides free short breaks for anyone who has been looking after family members or loved ones with a life limiting condition. It is also able to offer breaks to carers within their first 12 months of bereavement.

The Respite Association provides funding for short term respite care for carers of the disabled, sick, elderly or terminally ill. Funding to allow the carer to have a break can vary in amounts up to an average of £400. Breaks can be for a few hours each week to time away from home. Care can take place in the person’s home or in a residential care centre.

The Victoria Convalescent Trust makes grants to fund or part fund short breaks for carers of any age living in England and Wales. Applications must be made by a suitably qualified professional or advice service.

The Garwood Foundation offers a range of services and support for children and adults with disabilities. It has a fully adapted holiday caravan for hire which is located at Church Farm Holiday Park in Pagham, West Sussex.

The Oliver Curd Trust was set up in memory of Oliver by his parents. It provides holiday accommodation for families supporting young people with childhood cancer and other life threatening illnesses.

The Holiday Homes Trust provides low cost specially adapted self catering holidays to the disabled, carers and their families. The Trust owns 10 caravans in UK locations.  9 are fully accessible with ramp entry and wet rooms.

Seagull Trust Cruises is a charitable organisation, wholly run by unpaid volunteers, that provides free barge trips for people with special needs.

Revitalise is a national charity providing respite care in a holiday setting for disabled people and carers. They currently run three accessible holiday centres in Essex, Southampton and Southport.


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