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Holidays for children and young people with SEND

Caudwell Children

Caudwell Children provides funding for children under 19 years who have a disability or chronic illness.

Online applications can be made for a range of equipment, treatment, therapy and support including:

  • Destination Dreams – holidays of a lifetime for terminally ill children and their families

Focused on supporting those families that need help the most, applicants are means tested and must have a gross household income of less than £45,000 to be eligible.


CHICKS provide week long respite breaks for disadvantaged children from across the UK, who would not otherwise have a break in that year.  

The children supported could be living in poverty, be young carers, be victims of bullying or abuse, or have been bereaved.  The one thing they all have in common is that they could really benefit from a week away from their circumstances.

Please refer to the website for more information.


Disabled provides listings of holiday accommodation and services for the disabled in the UK and beyond.

The Elifar Foundation

The Elifar Foundation is a small charity which helps improve the lives of children and adults with severe learning difficulty and associated physical disability.  The charity provides grants for a variety of equipment and specialist holidays. 

To apply complete the on-line application form. Financial details and supporting evidence from a professional is required.

Family Holiday Association

The Family Holiday Association helps disadvantaged children and their families with a family break in the UK.  

Short breaks – Most are in seaside holiday parks like Haven or Butlin’s, staying in a self-catering caravan.  The cost of the accommodation, entertainment passes and linen are met and normally there is also a contribution towards expenses for travel/food.

Group trips – Funding for organisations to run trips for families, such as a day out at the seaside or a few days at an outdoor centre. 

Days out – A range of attractions and travel companies donate tickets, but these offers varies so it’s best to check the Referrer’s Area of the website regularly.

Family referrals can only be accepted from professional support workers eg a social worker, health visitor, support worker or a teacher.  To meet criteria, families must be on a low income, have at least one child under 18 and not had a holiday in the past four years.

Please see the website for more information.

Harriet Davis Trust

The Harriet Davis Trust have four self-catering holiday houses in Pembrokeshire, UK for families with disabled children at economical prices.

Three houses are in the Tenby area and are fully adapted and equipped for physically disabled children.

The fourth, in Narberth, has been adapted for children with autism and other learning disabilities.

All the houses have convenient parking and are available all year. The houses do get booked up quickly for the school holidays.

To make a booking contact Helen Lees-Griffiths by e-mail: or telephone: 01834 845197.

Kensington Foundation

The Kensington Foundation is a Blackpool based charity which offers a respite holiday programme called the Daisy Chain Foundation for families with children or young people with special needs.  

There are ten apartments in total and the holidays run from Monday to Sunday.  There is no restriction on age or the number of visits.

Social workers, support groups, hospitals and hospices refer their patients to the Daisy Chain for the respite they all need, or parents can self-refer themselves directly.

Where appropriate, one of our apartments can be offered to families who have lost a child and feel the need for a break, either alone or with other family members.

The only charge being a nominal application fee of £125, which is the total charge per week within the Daisy Chain Project.

Call the Kensington Foundation on 01253 761444 for more information or contact to book and check prices.

The National Holiday Fund

The National Holiday Fund is a charity that takes children and young people aged 8-18 years who are severely sick or disabled on holiday to Florida.  This gives their parents/carers a two week respite while their children are cared for on holiday.

For more detailed information please refer to the website.

The Newman Holiday Trust

The Newman Holiday Trust provides holidays for 120 children with disabilities and special needs aged 4-16, in various locations around the UK each year.

Parents can recommend their child for a holiday with the Newman Holiday Trust by getting in touch via the Contact us page on the website.

Open Britain

Open Britain is your one stop shop for accessible tourism in the UK providing you with a simple way to find accessible destinations and places to stay.


Trefoil offers:

  • Holiday grants to young people under 18 years.
  • Personal Development Grants for 18-24 year olds.
  • Grants to other charities with similar aims, working in collaboration or supporting particular projects.

To apply download an application form from the website. Two references are required to support your application.

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