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Luke Ryan is a Published Author, whose work shown above can be bought from Amazon, along with SME MEDIA GROUP’S other Publications. Luke was born with a painful and rare ‘bone disease’ which led to him being on opiates, prescribed by his Doctors at a very early age. By 15, he was completely dependent and addicted to Opiates. His Peers found it easy to push Luke into more illicit drugs as a child, which became a huge problem for 23 years. A Decade ago, Luke left Drug Addiction and Alcoholism behind, for good, and became a successful writer, life coach, business coach, Teacher, a Teacher Trainer and then Public Speaker! He still has the disease, however uses meditation and paracetamol to see him through. The heavy drug usage caused Luke to develop BPD and uses this in his seminars. He now teaches a vast online community how to find Success After Addiction and How To Stop In 28 Days! He now runs the community with a team of Sobriety Mentors who give their time FOR FREE!


Mental Health is very close to our hearts. 50% of our staff deal with either a physical or mental ‘disability’… but why SME? •

We all have mental health; we need to build our resilience and improve wellbeing to prevent problems. • 1 in 3 people are addicted to either alcohol, illicit drugs or prescribed medication they don’t need. This will be 1 in 2 by the end of 2019. • 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem that will be seen by a GP in the course of a year. • As many as 1 in 3 people take anti-depressants (in the UK) at some point in their lives. 44% of deaths in the UK are by suicide! • To help tackle the stigma and discrimination of mental health illness. • Extensive research proves that creativity and arts participation improves cognitive ability and significantly enhances mood. • Share proven practices and complementary therapies such as mindfulness, yoga, tai chi, visual glow sphere healing etc • To help improve self-esteem and self-confidence building which is paramount to improving behavioural and emotional disorders. • Self-expression found through creativity and art is a recognised form of psychological therapy. • To tackle every day stresses, anxiety, low-self esteem, addictive behaviours, which can all spiral into debilitating mental (and physical) illness if not helped at the initial stages.


Hi Everyone! Welcome to our DAILY updating Magazine, the first of it’s kind, EVER. We ARE THE UK’s largest Leisure & Competitions Magazine for the Disabled Community and those who deal with Mental Health Issues on a Daily Basis. My name is Luke Ryan and I belong to the above mentioned Community of people, who we are now told by Disability Rights UK, are 1 in 5 of the population! People dealing with Mental Health issues, ranging from Depression, Addiction and Personality Disorders all the way to Dementia or Stroke, are reaching 1 in 3 people. So we aim to have the ear of 2 in every 5 people in the UK… There are 13.9 million people in the UK who are registered as Disabled, and we hope that with your help, that one day we will reach every last one of them! That is our goal. We are all about the Fun Stuff! Activities, Day’s Out, Accessible Holidays, Accessible Pubs & Restaurants, Entertainment and Life Coaching! We have a team of Coaches & Counsellors who strain to squeeze a FULL and HAPPY life out of every day! JOIN US!

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Award Winning Innovation From Flexyfoot… A Global Success! The Flexyfoot adventure started in the early 2000’s when an experienced product designer was presented with a challenge by his sister and sister-in-law, who both suffer with MS. They regularly complained that they could not find walking aids that were comfortable or safe to use. Faced with this challenge, and taking all the problems into account, Flexyfoot was conceived. Years of product development, testing and user trials ensued to bring you the product you see today. A simple device that delivers in every area and outperforms the standard rubber ferrule. An

essential part of the performance of every walking aid and crutch that had not been considered independently before. But beware of imitations, there is only one Flexyfoot. Key benefits Shock absorption – this greatly reduces the force that would normally be referred to the hands, wrist, elbows and shoulders. Articulation – the foot is free to fully engage with the walking surface as it can bend and flex. This means that the full surface of the foot is in contact with the ground at all times. Traction – the advanced material in Flexyfoot has been proven to provide up to 50% better grip over standard rubber in independent tests. Hard wearing – the advanced material in Flexyfoot is also harder wearing so lasts much longer than standard ferrules making Flexyfoot a cost effective alternative Rotation – the foot can move freely and independently of the walking aid meaning that you can move around your walking aid while it maintains maximum grip Easy to fit & replace Flexyfoot are available in both black and grey and in four sizes – 16mm, 19mm, 22mm, 25mm. Look out for our exciting range of walking sticks, hiking poles and crutches, all fitted with Flexyfoot as standard and available through most online and high street mobility retailers. Flexyfoot aims to transform the walking aid


sector by offering real solutions to the problems faced by those who need more stability. Flexyfoot products are designed to not only look good and work well, but they also have proven medical and therapeutic benefits, helping to challenge the stigma of walking aids and give safe, flexible support to those who need it.

and has been created with the help of a leading orthopaedic surgeon. The Flexyfoot ferrule has been tested to the latest ISO standard for endurance and slip resistance and is well received by medical professionals. Flexyfoot meets CE marking regulations, a process overseen by Dr Jed Place of Medical Device Consultants.

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The innovative Flexyfoot was designed and developed in the UK and all products are assembled and packaged by our UK fulfillment team. Get in contact Part of our design process is listening to our users and taking feedback on board. We’d love to hear from you about your experiences with Flexyfoot and how it makes


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Lovocco® is proud to deliver unique, purpose designed and beautiful products to meet the needs of disabled people and people with limited mobility. With first-hand experience of living with limited mobility, combined with passion and dedication, we craft stylish products that help create a world where everyone

has the same opportunity to live a proud, active and fulfilling life. “I have just got in my car for the first time with the mat and I am so impressed, it worked brilliantly! Thank you so much.” Rachel Morris MBE, British Paralympic Gold Medallist We are proud to introduce our latest light weight accessory. The perfect travelling companion for wheelchair users: This purpose built light weight travel accessory limits scratches and dents to cars caused by wheelchairs. The SillSave mat effortlessly folds over the door sill,


allowing wheelchair users to transfer in and out of their car with confidence of not damaging the sill. •

Lightweight and easy to roll up and store

It can be placed over the sill onehanded

It sticks to the car sill and stays in place for improved safety

Stays in position with the door shut whilst driving

It’s tough, durable and can be wiped down as required. We care deeply about developing products that give disabled people and people with limited mobility greater choice, freedom and independence.

For more information visit www.lovocco.com For demo video visit https:// lovocco.com/sillsave/

“This product was introduced to me by Adam, after he contacted me through linkedin. I’d been using a piece of carpet, wishing there was a product like this one. I immediately put this product forward to the Editor of SME, recommending it to be part of the innovation awards. I thoroughly recommend anyone that uses a wheelchair and a car...buys this product! It gets my vote!” - Stuart Wheeler Freedom Wheelchair Skills.


"Sharp rise in young people reports The Guardian, describing a UK overdosing onrates painkillers study that looked at of "poisoning events" in recent years. and antidepressants!"

poisoning events were over-the-counter painkillers, such as paracetamol, and alcohol.

If you or someone you know are having Researchers looked at data from GP difficulties with mental health and may be records, hospital admissions and thinking about self-harming or suicide, help information from the Office for National is available. Find out more about getting help Statistics to identify poisoning events. They focused on the experiences of young You can also contact Samaritans on 116 people aged 10 to 24 at some point during 123 or by emailing jo@samaritans.org. the study period from 1998 to 2014.

Just under 2% of the young people studied had experienced poisoning events over the study period. The study says about 3 out of every 5 incidents (66.5%) were deliberate overdoses. Rates have increased in recent years, with greater increases in young women and girls compared with young men and boys. People from more deprived backgrounds had higher rates than those from the least deprived groups. The most common substances involved in


Disability Equality Training DET Courses

From customer care and front of house, through to the boardroom.

ESL Services will guide you through The aim of our Disability Equality Training training that builds DET Courses is to help equip all members confidence and knowledge to inof staff to support their colleagues. form action. The course will also provide a better service to consumers that have a disability or This will provide you with the tools long-term health condition. your business There are 13.3 million people with disabil- needs to become ities in the UK – One fifth of Scotland’s ‘disability smart’. population have a disability – that’s one The interactive sesmillion people. sions are suitable The Equality Act 2010 says that changes for people at all or adjustments should be made. levels and delivTo ensure that people with a disability can ered by expert trainer in your own workaccess goods and services like shops, place. banks, cinemas, hospitals, council offices, What are our Disability Equality Training leisure centers. DET Courses objectives? It makes ideal business-sense to have an accessible and inclusive organisation and workforce which will appeal to millions of To highlight the opportunities and value potential customers. of disability. We deliver a dynamic and comprehensive We will explore the Equality Act face-to-face Disability Equality Training. 2010 definitions and how it supports disabled consumers and staff with disabilities. Our training packages respond to the needs of each organisation and situation. Also highlight how the Equality Act 2010 will affect your practice with regards Each training session or package can be tailored to address different areas of ac- to recruitment and customer or workplace adjustments. tivity, staff concerns and outcomes.


And educate staff on the common types of disability in the workplace and the associated opportunities and challenges. Participants will understand equality from the perspective of disabled staff and consumers.

LINKS TO OUR COURSES…

A good understanding of definitions, exclusions PCV Drivers CPC Disability Equality Training Course and how to prevent discrimination or unconDisability Equality Training DET Courses scious bias. Participants will understand how the Equality Act 2010 supports recruitment processes and customer or workplace adjustments. A clear understanding of the ‘red-lines’ with regards to language and etiquette.

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Disability Access Audits

It will also identify what ‘reasonable adjustments’ you must carry out.

Why should I have an Access Audit carried out?

What are induction loops?

What are ‘reasonable adjustments? ‘Reasonable Adjustments’ are identified by having your access audit carried out, and they can be something like Signage, Access Ramps or Induction Hearing Loops.

Induction Loops allow people with Under The Equality Act 2010 you have to hearing impairments access your services act upon the results of an access audit and assist you in compliance of the carried out by a suitably qualified person. Equality Act 2010.


For you not to carry out ‘reasonable adjustments’ this would be deemed unlawful.

you are going to court, and you will be fined for injury to feelings and made to carry out the access audit and the adjustments.

The minimum amount in case law for What could happen if I don’t carry out an injury to feelings is £33,000. access audit or make reasonable You will also have court cost for both sets adjustments? of lawyers, and the cost of time away from running your business, and the bad You would leave yourself open to be publicity that will be generated. taken to court by being issued with a DL56. Please call 01506 412791 for further If you did receive this it would mean that advice and assistance.


Believe in promoting wellbeing through information in order to find the best good sleep solutions for you. It is important to find your personal requirements for good quality sleep. One of the biggest issues when selecting a mattress is the physical differences between the partners. Almost every couple sleep on the same mattress, although their demands are different. Therefore our sleep experts evaluate factors influencing your sleep quality such as sleeping habits, sleeping positions, health conditions and individual preferences. We carefully analyse your

Your mattress is the most significant factor affecting the quality of your sleep. It should be designed to support your body by allowing the structures of your spine to rest and rejuvenate during the night. At UnikBed we design a mattress just for you, because we believe that you have a unique body and you need a mattress that supports your body structure. Our spring mattress can be installed into an adjustable motorised base or if possible in to your existing bed frame.


Feedback shows that by having an adjustable motorised bed, many have felt relief in symptoms like snoring, sleep apnea, heartburn or weak blood circulation in their legs. Additionally the optional massage and vibration helps with restless leg syndrome or aching legs and muscles. UnikBed’s adjustable motorised bed incorporates a slat base and a wireless remote control. While remaining stylish and easy to use the base can be featured with a support handle that makes getting up from the bed easier.

company, Unikulma of Finland. We have collected, analysed, and utilised more than 30 years of customer feedback and experiences in order to improve and refine the design and manufacturing of our products.

Our product selection includes everything you need in the bedroom; beds, Our quality products are handmade to mattresses, ergonomic pillows, functional order in the factory of our parent blankets and bed linen.


A VERY SPECIAL HOLIDAY CHARITY! Revitalise is a national charity that has been providing respite holidays for disabled people and carers for over 55 years. We have three fully accessible holiday centres located in Chigwell, Southampton and Southport. Each centre provides the

reassurance of 24 hour on-call nurse-led care to those who require it, as well as exciting excursions, in-house activities and live evening entertainment. Our centres are CQC regulated with registered nurses and carers available at all times for support. We are much more than a care home though; our centres have a unique holiday atmosphere.


Breaks are full board and each week is specially themed, from music weeks, arts and culture, to sightseeing – we provide ourselves on offering something for everyone. Carers are welcome to accompany those they care for to Revitalise and enjoy quality time with the one they love, or else take their own break, secure in the knowledge that their loved one is happy

and being well looked after. The Revitalise effect is the same either way – guests go home with new memories and stories to share, feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. For more information about Revitalise, call 0303 303 0145 or visit


Premier Cottages has a wide selection of cottages suited to guests with different access requirements. We use Visit England’s National Accessible Scheme to identify those properties which meet specific access criteria. This means you can be sure that those properties with the relevant “yellow badge” will meet your requirements. You can either visit our Accessible Collection, which covers cottages within the NAS Scheme - https://www.premiercottages.co.uk/collections/ accessible-cottages or use the general search bar, and then use


bathroom and living quarters on the ground floor, which is great for those who don’t like stairs, and is perfect for adventurous toddlers! Please check Individual property details or contact the cottage owner to ensure the property meet your requirements. the Refine my Search filters and select Accessibility to choose cottages which are part of the scheme, and also to find those which have all ground floor facilities. The Home Page with the general search is on www.premiercottages.co.uk

With Premier Cottages, you book direct with the owner, who will be able to discuss your specific requirements in detail. Many of the cottages have extra equipment (for no extra charge) such as shower wheelchairs, bed grab rails, elephant feet and foot In addition, we have nearly 500 luxury stools which can be put holiday cottages which have ground floor in the cottage if you facilities, with at least one bedroom, need them. There is a


OLDER AND LESS MOBILE GUESTS If you can climb a flight of stairs, but banisters or grip handles would make this easier, look out for this logo. PART-TIME WHEELCHAIR USERS If you have problems walking or can walk a maximum of 3 steps, or need to use a wheelchair some of the time, this logo applies to you. INDEPENDENT WHEELCHAIR USERS Similar to the international logo for independent wheelchair users. If you're a wheelchair user and travel independently, look out for this logo. ASSISTED WHEELCHAIR USERS If you're a wheelchair user and travel with a friend or family member who helps you with everyday tasks, this logo applies to you.

link to each property’s own website on their Premier Cottages page, where you will be able to find an Access Statement, which will help you to decide if the property is suited to your needs. The owner can also provide you with information on accessible things to do while you are with them, taking the stress out of planning your holiday. All of the cottages pictured in this feature are fully wheelchair accessible. You can find more information on the National Accessible Scheme on https:// www.visitengland.com/plan-your-visit/ access-all/national-accessible-scheme

VISUALLY IMPAIRED AND BLIND PEOPLE If you have difficulty reading small print, are registered blind, have poor sight or a visual impairment, accommodation with this logo is suitable for you. HEARING IMPAIRED AND DEAF PEOPLE 1 If you have a slight hearing difficulty, are deaf, wear a hearing aid or have a hearing impairment, look out for accommodation displaying this logo.


Penblaith Barn Holiday Cottage, Herefordshire Self-Catering Holiday Cottage Accommodation in Herefordshire

century character with 21st century luxury and style. Just four miles north of Monmouth, the cottage offers an ideal large venue for family gatherings, reunions and group holidays.

The games room, complete with table Penblaith Barn is a 5-Star, award-winning, tennis and a pool table, as well as other luxury self-catering holiday cottage in South Herefordshire with eight bedrooms outdoor games equipment, allows our guests to make full use of an extensive sleeping up to eighteen guests. garden. Overlooking magnificent views A new addition in 2010, Penblaith Barn, towards the Cotswolds, a paved patio like Trevase Granary, is a traditional stone runs the entire length of the barn, with a barn conversion that combines 18th


hot tub and barbecue perfect for an unforgettable rural retreat.

Trevase Holiday Cottages News and Offers You will find news items about our large luxury self-catering holiday cottages in Herefordshire by visiting; www.trevasecottages.co.uk You can also follow us on Facebook and Pinterest. Carefully selected places to visit and eat, events, photographs of the area and other ideas

and information can be found on these pages. Please like and follow us to be kept up to date with news and other information that will help make the most


out of your holiday in Herefordshire. Use the menu on the site to access our

news items. These are sorted chronologically with the most recent at the top of the menu.


News, Booking & Offers… If you would like to be kept advised about news, last minute availability and other offers, please join our mailing list.

Contact Liz for more information at: stay@trevasecottages.co.uk Or simply call: 01989 730210 Bookings being taken now… don’t miss out in 2020.


Trevase Granary Holiday Cottage, Herefordshire Self Catering Holiday Cottage Accommodation in Herefordshire Trevase Granary, a long standing 5 Stars award winner, is a luxury barn conversion providing luxury self-catering holiday cottage accommodation for up to

eighteen guests.

Beautifully located on a working farm in rural Herefordshire, just five miles from Ross-on-Wye, it offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. To explain the fantastic floorplan, we have prepared a bullet point list which gives information in detail, of every area of the accommodation. •

Cider Family Room is a large, charming


with an en-suite shower room and the same outlook as Coach House and Cider. • Bull Pen is a double bedroom with a wrought iron bed and a roll-top bath in its en-suite. • Dairy Suite is a twin or super-king bedroom with an en-suite wet room suitable for less able guests. • The staircase to the first floor is beautifully crafted from oak and fitted with a stairlift. family suite with two single wrought iron beds and two very comfortable day-beds with Hypnos mattresses that are suitable for children, although many of our hen parties have also utilised the extra beds. The large wet-room makes this suite ideal for a less able guest (some aids are available on request). • Coach House Suite is a twin or superking double bedroom with an en-suite shower room and lovely views. • Shippon Suite is a double bedroom

First Floor •

Amply furnished with comfortable leather sofas and chairs, the Sitting Room features a large picture window with uninterrupted views to the Black Mountains. A large selection of books are housed in bookshelves here and also some board games suitable for all ages. The hand-crafted curved oak staircase, sweeping up to a secret bedroom, gives the room its own identity. • The Television Lounge is a large room


granite worktops. It is equipped with a large dual fuel Rangecooker, two larder fridges, freezer, microwave, George Foreman grill, two dishwashers, two sinks, and all the utensils and gadgets you will need to cater for your party. All the serving dishes, pots and pans, crockery, cutlery and glassware you will with plenty of seating for watching ever need are provided. A hostess trolley television or DVDs or playing games on is also provided for keeping dishes warm the Playstation (some games are if extra space is needed. provided). A round wooden table and • The Dining Room is conveniently chairs at the back of the room is perfect located next to the kitchen. With a large for enjoying a board game or completing dining table comfortably seating twenty, a puzzle. The gas 'wood burner' makes fabulous views from all the windows, and this a cosy room in winter. A huge map of a wealth of detail charactertised by the area is provided to assist in planning wrought iron light fittings, roof timbers, outings. and a stained glass window letting light • The Kitchen is fully fitted with handthrough from the stairwell, this is a very made units, including a central island and special room in which to enjoy a meal.


room with automatic washing machine and clothes dryer. There is also secure storage for bicycles, fishing rods, etc. There is fenced parking for at Second Floor

least eight cars.

Trevase Granary is located five miles west • Owlpen Suite is a double bedroom of Ross-on-Wye in rural Herefordshire, with two large Velux windows from which close to the Wye Valley and the Malvern to enjoy the stunning views, and an en- Hills. Penblaith Barn is just four miles suite shower room. All of the top floor north of Monmouth in South bedrooms have their original 18th Herefordshire. They both enjoy excellent century oak A-frame beams, giving the road links and are easily accessible from rooms a unique character and charm. Bristol (40 miles), Cardiff (45 miles), • Hayloft Suite is a larger twin or kingBirmingham (66 miles), Oxford (74 miles) size double bedroom with Velux windows and London (128 miles). The nearest rail to take advantage of the dual aspect, and link is in Hereford. an en-suite bathroom. Travel directions will be sent to the group • Dovecote Suite is reached by an oak circular stair from the Sitting Room. This organiser and can also be downloaded at amazing double bedroom, with views of www.trevasecottages.co.uk. the Black Mountains and the rolling For attention, please call: 01989 730210... countryside of south Herefordshire, would make a fabulous honeymoon suite. The en-suite features a roll-top bath. Utilities •

The Service Block houses a laundry


The farmhouse at South Coombe dates back to the 1600’s. It is literally built from straw and mud, mixed together to make “Cob” – a traditional West Country building material. It has no foundations and relies to a large extent on the thickness of the walls to stop it from sinking

into the ground. When originally built, it would have been just one storey and completely open inside. The owners would have lived inside, along with all of their farm animals.


In its heyday South Coombe was a 250 acre farm owned by The Earl of Portsmouth. Since then, amongst other things, it has been used as an evacuation site during the world wars. All the cottages grouped around the

farmhouse are converted from farm buildings, the latest being Orchard Cottage. It was originally built as a shelter for the farm carriages and equipment and, up until 2006, was home to our ducks.


Two of our cottages have bedrooms on the ground floor with en-suite facilities, (Tilly’sand Saffie’s Cottages) ideal if you have problems walking or climbing stairs. Tilly’s cottage has extra wide doors therefore suitable for wheelchair access. You can unload the car directly outside this cottage and there are no steps or obstacles on the ground-floor.

ity specialist and most special equipment can be hired and delivered to South Coombe prior to your stay.

We are delighted to announce that South Coombe in under new ownership as of the start of 2018. Simon and Clare Clarke very much look forward to continuing the excellent We have arrangements with a local mobil- service provided at South Coombe and


welcome enquiries via the same contact details as before. Contact Us At‌..

We welcome your call on 01884 860302 or 07979 693483 Email at: stay@southcoombe.co.uk


Gitcombe Retreat... beautiful and accessible Gitcombe is an exclusive collection of Gold rated 4 and 5 star luxury holiday cottages with heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools and log fires. Clustered in a private, south Devon valley, between Dartmouth and Totnes, close to Salcombe. Baby, child, and family friendly cottages. Perfect too for couples seeking that special away-from-it-all boutique bolthole. A haven of boutique, luxury accommodation and tranquility in a traditional English country setting. Eight, stylish, self catering holiday cottages with heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hot tub, sauna, steam room and full size tennis court. Little ones enjoy the soft playroom and outdoor adventure playground and other baby and toddler touches. Enough guests to make friends and still enjoy peace and privacy. In Spring 2019 we are launching a state of the art, detached 4 bedroomed oak framed building with a wraparound balcony and far-reaching country views. The access and facilities will meet all the criteria required for individuals with particular access needs. Level entrance, stunning bedrooms and accessible bathrooms where style has not been compromised. Coupled with improved access to the indoor pool this will certainly add a new dimension for our Gitcombe Guest! Gitcombe nestles in gorgeous countryside, in Devon's South Hams, an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'. Close to an amazingly beautiful coastline, stunning beaches and the chic waterside towns of Dartmouth and Salcombe.


"Gitcombe Retreat" has been designed by awardwinning architects, Roderick James and is an exquisite, stylish and modern property in a commanding position on the Gitcombe estate. The property has been built to the most exacting of standards with a traditional oak frame design which is fully glazed two sides and offers spectacular far reaching views across the majestic rolling countryside. The property benefits from modern luxuries with underfloor heating throughout the property, designer bathrooms by award-winning Sapphire Spaces and a heat recovery system for the comfort of the guests. For those less able New House offers full accommodation at ground floor, entry level, in the form of a double bedroom and ensuite bathroom. The property is situated in a spectacular position accessed via a tarmac drive at the top of the estate adjacent to the indoor pool facilities. It has been designated with privacy in mind and has its own parking for three cars including a space directly outside the ground floor bedroom for accessibility. Large enclosed porch with generous built-in storage for coats and wellies with a W.C and sink. A stunning Fired Earth Limestone floor leads into a light, extremely spacious and impressive contemporary oak frame open plan living area. Full glazing two sides' offers unrivaled views whilst offering privacy and seclusion at the same time. Plenty of room for all the family to relax and spread out with comfy sofas, a stylish Morso log burner, and flat screen smart tv with the addition of a Sonos sound system. Bi-folding doors open up onto a substantial wrap around oak balcony area with an outside dining table seating 10 adults, perfect for soaking up the views and star gazing. Generous, well equipped fitted kitchen with views through the swathes of glass make for a spectacular


cooking experience whilst at the same time being able to socialise with family and friends. Seating for 10 adults is on the solid oak dining table in the centre of the room which gives a sense of balance and calm combined with the soft lighting and warm furnishings.

Private gardens with far reaching views, outside dining, exclusive use of this

private hot tub and barbeque area. Parking: 2/3 Cars can park directly in front of the house. Further space for cars in the general parking area. Great WIFI and wheelchair available to borrow. Let’s face it, this Holiday Destination is one of the best I have seen and will keep you a well informed list of places to go


All Photography By: Matthew Heritage www.MatthewHeritage.com

Just enjoy yourselves and indulge. To contact us, please use the details

below... Call Us 01803 712 678 or 07597 398 127 Email Us stay@gitcombe.co.uk Website: www.gitcombe.co.uk


restaurants, pubs, pharmacy and GP. An excellent base for sight seeing in the beautiful South West of England. The property has its own drive, a private garden with lawns, decking and BBQ area, and a sun lounge. Phoenix Retreat has Phoenix Retreat is a 2 bedroom Impaired been newly decorated, has central holiday accommodation, suitable for heating, large flat screen TV in lounge and wheelchair users. , situated in the bedroom, and DVD player with selection picturesque village of Braunton, North of films available. Fully fitted and well Devon, well serviced with shops,

Welcome to the Phoenix Retreat Bungalow, in Braunton, North Devon!


charged for accordingly. The bungalow comprises of: Level access throughout, a wet room with shower, easy access toilet/sink, commode/shower chair, a seperate bathroom with a relaxing whirlpool/spa bath, soft lighting and piped through music. An electric bath chair available if required for access into the bath. Bedroom 1 which is the wheelchair equipped kitchen. Bed linen and towels accessible bedroom has an electric are provided. A mobile phone is available "hospital bed" ,Nimbus 3 Airwave in the property for emergency use. mattress and with bed sides, overhead We pride ourselves on providing top class ceiling track hoist (maximum 130 Kg/20 accessible holiday accommodation that is stone)and an orthopedic bed. Bedroom 2 able to meet most individual can be a twin or double bed as required. requirements. Phoenix Retreat is fully A bed settee is also available. accessible to people with disabilities. All disability equipment provided is Qualified carers to assist our Impaired included in the cost of the holiday, to guests are available if needed, and include a manual hoist (max 130 Kg), rota


arrangement, apart from guide dogs stand, electric and manual wheelchair to which are automatically accepted. We get around the village, a powered bath can arrange for groceries to be left in the chair and more. bungalow for your arrival, also newspapers can be delivered daily. A This is an owner maintained property, ‘home from home' you will be greeted open all year, pets are welcome by


with chilled wine and freshly arranged Telephone:01271 816577 flowers. We look forward to meeting you. Email:carol@phoenixcareathome.co.uk Please contact us at‌.

Phoenix Care At Home Ltd, 2 Caen Shopping Centre Braunton, North Devon, EX33 1EE

www.phoenixholidayretreat.co.uk


Welcome! David and John welcome you to Overcombe House, our multi award-winning guesthouse in spectacular Dartmoor National Park, an ideal base from which to explore this beautiful area.

While Dartmoor is on our doorstep, Overcombe House is just a short distance from the historic market town of Tavistock and there is easy access to the ancient maritime city of Plymouth with all the amenities you'd expect from a city.


We have won awards for our breakfasts! We use local produce wherever we can and John makes our own Seville orange marmalade and plum and rhubarb and ginger jams. Our light and airy sun-filled dining room has wonderful views over Dartmoor and our wildlife garden, ensuring you a relaxing start to your day. Breakfasts at Overcombe House are delicious and a real treat! We believe in serving fresh food using the best ingredients and this is why your cooked breakfast is always prepared Overcombe House has eight en-suite bed- to order. rooms, guest parking and a wildlife garTo start you can help yourself to our den. Our breakfast room and several of tempting buffet. Choices include our bedrooms have stunning views across squeezed fruit juices, a range of cereals, Dartmoor towards North Hessary Tor and seasonal fresh fruit medley (May to September), citrus mix and yoghurts. As you Leather Tor.


farm near Cotehele just on the other side of the river Tamar. We believe in 'keeping it local' for a number of reasons: enjoy your buffet choices, you can select • There are plenty of top quality food your cooked breakfast from our extensive and drink producers in this area • menu. • We are supporting local businesses Our cooked breakfast options range from • • We are keeping food miles to a minithe more traditional to lighter fish and mum. vegetarian choices with the emphasis alOvercombe House dates back to the ways on local, homemade, organic and 1890s, since then it has undergone many fairtrade produce. Our Cornish back ba- alterations and renovations. As a result, con is dry cured and then oak smoked us- the building has character and the odd quirk that you would expect in an older ing traditional methods and our artisan sausages are handmade. All meat that we property. Whenever we carry out any alterations we always respect the age and serve comes from our local butcher, Bidlocation of the property. ders of Yelverton. As you would expect, With Dartmoor National Park on our our eggs are free-range and come from a doorstep, our B&B is perfectly placed for a relaxing weekend or mid-week break.


Close to Tavistock and Plymouth, there's plenty to see and do for longer stays. Dartmoor is one of the largest and wildest areas of open country in southern Eng-

moorland and gorge walking, horse riding, cycling, fly and coarse fishing and golfing to name but a few. For those of you who enjoy less energetic pastimes, there are farmers’ markets, historic houses, museums, craft shops and galleries, gardens and interesting churches to visit. We have lots of maps, leaflets and guidebooks detailing how you can get the most out of your stay on Dartmoor that you are welcome to borrow. All we ask is that you return them to us after your fun filled day so they are available for others to enjoy; but if you need them again please do ask as we have several copies of most items.

land. With heather-covered moorland, deep wooded gorges, lake-like reservoirs and tumbling rocky rivers there’s fantastic walking, cycling and rock climbing and other sports to enjoy. Add in thriving market towns, pretty villages and local farmers and growers producing fantastic local produce and you can appreciate why this is such a great area to explore where you can escape the pressures of the daily Please contact us at... grind. Within easy reach, you have access to activities such as bouldering, tree surfing, kayaking, geocaching, rock climbing,

Telephone: 01822 853501 www.overcombehotel.co.uk


Four Star Gold standard and equipped with all the mod cons you would expect to find in luxury accommodation. Each cottage is Disabled Friendly providing M2 and M3 Mobility Todsworthy Farm is situated in an Access when needed. This also means enviable position central between Cornwall’s North and South coasts and the cottages have an advantage with plenty of space when larger groups with historic Tavistock and Plymouth stay. No need to leave your family pet at only a short drive away. Here at Todsworthy Farm we provide you home as both our cottages are Dog with a choice between two superb 18th Friendly and there are also plenty of country walks at ‘walkies’ time. century self catering holiday cottages ideally situated as part of a traditional Your stay will be in the officially family farm, but in a location where you designated Area of Outstanding Natural enjoy unrivalled comfort and tranquillity. Beauty (AONB), The Tamar Valley. Just Both holiday cottages are decorated to a east of Tavistock you will find the wild and

Todsworthy Farm Holiday Cottages


varied landscape of Dartmoor National Park. On the other hand a short drive West takes you to scenic Kit Hill and Bodmin Moor, home of The Beast of Bodmin Moor!

Tamar Valley. Buzzards are often seen flying high calling to each other and we are always pleased to see the arrival of swallows and house martins, a sure sign that summer has arrived. In the evening you will be serenaded by thrushes A mixed enterprise of 70 acres. A family singing from the treetops to add to the farm, where you will find cows with their tranquil atmosphere that is Todsworthy calves, sheep, chickens and even a few Farm. pigs History of The Cider Press There is a varied landscape of woods In the past, farm workers on Todsworthy and fields and orchards with an Farm were rewarded with cider abundance of wildlife including badgers, produced in the barn which is now the deer, foxes and rabbits. This natural cottage we called The Cider Press. The environment is also home to a wide apple orchards that produced the cider variety of birdlife found throughout The still exist, but unfortunately the press is


no longer functional. The granite stone of the cider press can be found as a feature of the garden alongside the cottages. History of The Hayloft The ground floor of The Hayloft was known as a shippon, a Cornish name for a barn where cattle were housed and milked. The hayloft refered to the upper floor where straw for bedding and hay for winter feed was stored. You will be pleased to know that the straw and hay has since been removed and replaced by very comfortable en suite double bedrooms. You are welcome to visit our animals in a

purpose built viewing area and learn about our family’s farming history as well as the local area. We will house various animals at different times of year and you can engage with the animals and learn about farming life. You are invited to help us at feeding time and have the opportunity to buy some of our home produced beef and pork with sausages and eggs being a firm family favourite. My name is Jonathan and I look forward to welcoming you to Todsworthy Farm.

As someone with mobility needs, I realised how difficult it was for those


with similar needs to find suitable accommodation in Cornwall and Devon. As a very independent person, I felt it essential that the accommodation we created should help make our guests own independence to be one of our main priorities. We also understand that guests without mobility issues are also keen to enjoy the tranquillity and comfort available at Todsworthy Farm Holidays. We believe we have created two cottages that meet everybody’s needs without compromising comfort or quality. Our two cottages provide a natural environment where guests of all

physical abilities can feel at home and totally relaxed. A level access is provided throughout the ground floor to living areas, shower areas and bedrooms with wide doors in both cottages facilitating the option of wheelchair use when required. New profiling beds that can be made up as twins or a double are standard in the Hayloft. The shower areas have grab rails and a fold down seat. There are grab rails strategically positioned about the toilet area. All the ground floor rooms are spacious and easy to move around.

We have an extensive range of mobility equipment that is available for hire,


including wheelchairs, zimmer

frames, mobile hoist, shower chair, bed


wedges, foam back supports, etc. More general information is available in our access statement. Both Cider Press & Hayloft are graded at M3. This is officially described as follows: “Mobility Level 3 Assisted: Typically suitable for a person who depends on the use of a wheelchair in a seated position. This person also requires personal or mechanical assistance (e.g. carer, hoist).� We have exceeded many of the stipulated standards to meet the M3 grade with level floors, ease of access and facilities. More information can be found here on the National Accessible Scheme. We recommend you add this page to your favourites so you always have the information to hand. We want as many people as possible to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Todsworthy Farm and the beautiful

Tamar Valley and to provide the ideal location and well equipped accommodation for those with and without special needs. We do feel however that grading can be very subjective and guests should be treated as individuals. With this in mind, should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us so that we can discuss your own personal requirements. We recommend you read our Access Statement which is on the website.

Please Contact

Jon at Todsworthy Farm Albaston Gunnislake Cornwall PL18 9AW 01822 834744 jon@todsworthyfarmholidays.co.uk


our 25 glorious acres of South East Cornwall, where you can relax in peace and quiet, but be close to all that Cornwall and Devon have to offer. Set in its own orchard garden on the edge We want all our guests to have a great time and a relaxing holiday. Often it’s the of our 25- acre estate, Heather Barn at little things that make the difference. Kernock Cottages is an award-winning We’ve tried to take the stress out of fully wheelchair-accessible 5* dogbeing somewhere unfamiliar, by making it friendly self-catering cottage, sitting in

Welcome to Kernock Cottages – South East Cornwall


restaurant, National Trust property or forest walk has accessible parking and loos, or wheelchair-friendly trails. Lots of places in Devon and Cornwall do the wonderful Trampers – an all-terrain mobility scooter (as seen on Top Gear, no less!), which is perfect for exploring the great outdoors. We have useful kit like fixed and self-propelled shower chairs, elephant feet, grab rails, footstools, and other bits which we can pop in the cottage if you need them. We can also easy for you to plan your holiday - from put you in touch with local mobility hire providing a 3D walk-around tour of the organisations if you need things like risercottage (so you can make 100% sure it recliners, Sara Stedy’s or hoists. meets your needs before booking); to The cottage itself is all on one level, so is perfect for the less mobile guest, for giving Access notes on all of the pubs, restaurants, visitor attractions and things wheelchair users and for toddlers (and senior dogs love the “under-paw” to do on our website. That takes the heating!). Both bedrooms are guesswork away – you can easily check ensuite. Bedroom 1 has a level-entry before you go out for the day whether the wetroom with stylish stainless steel grab


rails and fittings, a Freedom loo and sink, and non-slip Altro flooring. This bedroom has a wall-mounted smartTV. Bedroom 2 has a shower bath. In both bedrooms, the beds have pocket sprung ziplink mattresses and can either be arranged as a superking double or as twin beds. Relax in the large open plan sitting/dining/kitchen area, with its double height ceiling, exposed beams, quadruple doors and a part-glass roof, which combine to make a really light and airy space with great views over the orchard garden to the far hills. The wardrobes in both bedrooms

have a pull-down hanging rail which swings down to stand on the floor, making it easier to hang up and choose your clothes. The style is modern – comfortable chocolate leather sofas and hardwood


furniture. The solid oak kitchen is superbly equipped with coffee machine, microwave,


ceramic hob, fan oven, fridge freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, quality pans, crockery and cutlery, and everything you need to cook up a storm. Like all our cottages, this accessible holiday cottage also has a strong sustainability bias, with underfloor heating (powered by our central biomass boiler), bamboo flooring and low energy lighting throughout. Outside, the level entry south-west facing terrace has great views over the orchard garden to the hills beyond. The area behind the private hot tub is fully enclosed with a picket fence and two gates, so there is a secure area for dogs, but without spoiling the view from the hot tub. Heather Barn is next to “Central Bark” – our 6-acre secure dog-walking area - which has mown paths, benches, a loop through the woods, poo bins, solar

lighting and some lovely sculptures for onsite walks. Our doggy guests even get their own welcome pack. The cottage has exterior lighting, a Weber gas barbecue, outdoor sofas and table, and a large private lawn area, as well as plenty of parking. The hot tub sits on a deck outside the cottage, and is covered with a gazebo. We are very proud to have won the Gold Award in the Cornwall Tourism Awards for Access & Inclusivity in 2015, and the Silver in 2016/17, as well as the Gold in 2016/17 for Best Dog-friendly Business in both Cornwall and the whole of the South West. We also offer our guests membership of the China Fleet Country Club during their stay. They are fully accessible, and have a


water wheelchair and ramp. We’d love to welcome you to our gorgeous corner of Cornwall. For full details of Heather Barn, including photos, 3D tours, reviews, live availability and online pricing and booking, please visit our website

www.kernockcottages.com or call Beth on 01579 350435 for more information.


The simple things are often the best with a holiday on the Roseland… The simple things are often the best with a holiday on the Roseland… Gorgeous river walks down on the Fal or the Percuil… both less than 10 minutes away, the enchanting setting of Turnaware Bar on the Fal is a magical place to while away a day… taking a picnic and some swimming gear or a flask and a rug in winter… watch the boats and amazing wildlife… go in the evening for an amazing sunset…Maybe go for a potter along the coast path… you may be lucky enough to see wild seals off Towan Beach, there are beaches you can stop at along the way to fit in a bit of paddling, rockpooling or swimming… Ferries to Truro and St.Mawes and also river trips are available from St. Mawes and Tolverne ( near King Harry Ferry) Whether its messing about by the river, exploring rock pools with the children or enjoying a sausage sizzle on the beach, it’s all free on your doorstep. Rockpooling provides hours of fun and there is always something to see and discover… a net and a bucket is all you need… and we usually have them here for you to borrow…The beaches down here have proper sandcastle building sand… great architectural structures are there to be created… why not nip down to the beach early evening if the weather is nice, take a few sausages and a little porti-barbecue and see what has been built that day… go for an evening dip and let the children wear themselves out before bed.


Our Accessible Cottages are perfectly equipped for people of all abilities!

We will discuss any individual requirements with each visitor/enquirer on an individual basis and explain not only the facilities here at Pollaughan but the location and local area as well.

Pollaughan is a small farm of around 20 acres set on the Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall.

Any written material can be provided in large print on request.

It is a rural/coastal area with many beautiful beaches and a stunning coastline along with many small fishing villages and coves.

Clear directions to Pollaughan along with arrival and parking instructions for each cottage are sent on receipt of balance payment for the holiday.

The cottages comprise 4 cottages converted Arrival and Car Parking from redundant farm buildings, and then the wing of our own Victorian farmhouse, making 5 Arrival – is from 4pm on the first day of the in total. holiday and the cottage is left unlocked and with the key in door ready for arrival. The holiday business has been our own conception from the start and our whole ethos is to ensure that as far is as possible no one would be excluded from enjoying a holiday here .

We are nearly always here to meet our guests but if a not everything is left ready and we make ourselves know as soon as we return.

We do ask our visitors to call us the week Three of the cottages WILLOWS and MEADOWS before their holiday with an approximate arrival time are suitable for those with a mobility impairment as they are entirely on the level Parking – Each cottage has at least one inside and can be accessed from the level designated parking area near the cottage , on parking areas , through the gardens and on into level tarmac and with plenty of clear space the cottage. They are also great for families with around all sides and to back of the parked very small children who wish to avoid stairs and vehicle. Extra cars can easily be accommodated steps ! as near to the cottage as possible. Whilst we have tended to concentrate on the Entry to the cottages in Meadows and Willows needs of those with a mobility disability we is through their gardens along a paved path have tried with all five of our cottages to with no steps. consider the needs of people with all Both Willows and Meadows can be accessed disabilities. through a single leaf opening door or through Meadows and Willows are part of the NQAS the double opening patio doors in the garden. scheme and have been inspected to M2 level which makes them suitable for those in Door handles throughout the barns are of a wheelchairs but not suitable for an independent lever style and all sink/bath taps are also lever . wheelchair user travelling alone. Our website In the traditional Farmhouse the doors knobs www.pollaughan.co.uk has a dedicated are round. accessibility page and for those with a visual impairment there is a facility to increase the WILLOWS font size to make it easier to read. Detached , single storey ,all on level including the garden. There are wooden floors


throughout all the living areas, tiled bathroom floors and carpet in the bedrooms There are two bathrooms in Willows- one is accessible for a wheelchair user and the other not suitable for a wheelchair user, both have lever taps on sink and bath. The accessible bathroom is en-suite to the main vertical grab rail on the wall to the right . The wheel-in shower chair has commode seat and bedroom and has a sliding door . can be placed over toilet.Direct sideways It is a wet room has a non-slip floor in the transfer from wheelchair to toilet is not possible shower area and non-slip tiles throughout rest in Willows but it is in Meadows. of floor. There is an electrically heated towel rail In the shower area there are grab rails to the and we can provide a static shower chair on left and right walls and the shower is a lever request. We also have one wheel-in shower chair which is booked on first come first served control. basis. The Kitchen has a standard height worktop, sink and hob and the kitchen has lever taps on the Looking at the toilet there is a horizontal and


sink. Whilst the hallway and all bedrooms are easily accessed by wheelchairs the second bathroom is quite small and does not have a turning circle. MEADOWS There is level entry into Meadows either through a single leaf back door or through the double opening patio doors to garden. There is a level paved patio outside the patio doors, a large area of lawn and a paved path with shallow sloe to car parking area.There are some steps within the garden but these do not have to be used as there path offers an alternative route in. There are three bedrooms all with Zip and Linked beds offering either 6ft double or 3 ft twins.

The kitchen, living area and hallways have a quality laminate floor and all passages are over 900 mm wide. The kitchen worktops and sink are standard height, the sink has lever taps. Fallows and the Farmhouse both have stepped entry and so not suitable for anyone with a mobility disability. We have however tried to account for needs of people with other disabilities in these cottages. Door frames and light fittings contrasting with wall colours to make more visible, all info available in large print on request, good quality and well fitted carpets throughout with a minimum of rugs.

The main bedroom has en-suite bathroom with whirlpool bath but it does not have turning circle space and therefore not suitable for wheelchairs. The bedroom though is large with ample turning space for a wheelchair. Bedrooms two and three do not have space for wheelchairs to turn when made as doubles but fine when made as twins. The second bathroom is a large wet room with a bath in addition and has wide sliding door for entry.There are grab rails to each side of the toilet to which you can transfer from the left, there are also ample grab rails around sink, shower and bath.The bathrooms are tiled and have underfloor heating.

01872 580150 holidays@pollaughan.co.uk

www.pollaughan.co.uk


Support a local charity and visit Wild some of its amazing monkey residents Futures Monkey Sanctuary, offering a safe and wildlife inhabitants. haven for monkeys since 1964. Set in beautiful woodland and nestled into the side of the south Cornish coast between Looe and Seaton, Wild Futures’ Monkey Sanctuary cares for a range of different species of rescued monkeys, giving visitors an intimate insight to a working sanctuary and a chance to meet

There’s lots to do for the whole family, who can take a tour of the monkey enclosures and learn about these fascinating animals and the work that goes into caring for them on a daily basis, from a team of expert carers. The Monkey Sanctuary is home to 40 individuals; many


love the wild play area where they can learn about the environment around them and let off some steam in the playground. Take a gentle stroll around the beautiful Wildlife Gardens to see what wildlife can be spotted, or simply relax on the front lawn, whilst taking in the stunning sea view. Find out how to help the wildlife in your own garden in the Wildlife Room, with live feed cameras, recorded footage, and displays, it is a great place for children and adults alike. Our gift shop offers a selection of souvenirs, clothing and toys selected from ethical suppliers, and sourced from of them rescued from conditions of abuse companies that operate Fairtrade or and neglect and each one with their ethical means of production. We also distinct characters and personalities. The offer hot and cold refreshments and monkeys get fed almost every hour vegetarian light ‘bites’ from the shop too! throughout the day, so visitors can be sure to catch them enjoying a snack or For more information on prices and hanging out with their friends! opening times please visit It’s not just monkeys though! Kids will

monkeysanctuary.org


When you are staying in north Devon on holiday we can provide you with scooter and wheelchair hire for the duration of your stay Look to our reputable business for reliable mobility equipment hire. Braunton Mobility offers a full range of helpful mobility aids to make independent living easier. We will even deliver the equipment to your holiday destination when your own mobility aids are too large to travel with.

have to be a challenge. We have a vast range of mobility scooters and wheelchairs to meet your individual requirements. Braunton Mobility offers mobility equipment to buy and hire so that you are able to make the most out of independent living.

Whether you're looking for a selfpropelled or a transit wheelchair, we have something that'll make life easier for you. In addition to selling and hiring out wheelchairs, we perform maintenance services and repairs for your peace of mind. You never have to be without your scooter or wheelchair with When you are planning to go on holiday our help. We also offer a wide range of and want to take more luggage, simply other living aids to give you a helping phone us four weeks in advance to secure hand. your booking. You are able to convenient- When you don’t have much space in your ly hire the equipment that you need and home, you may want to consider a foldsave space in your car. Whether you are ing mobility scooter for convenience. Our staying at a hotel, private address, or holi- team give suitable advice and guidance on different types of scooters to suit both day park, our dedicated team will bring you and your home. As a highly regarded your equipment to the chosen destination company, we pride ourselves on the serbefore you arrive. vices that we offer. Maintaining your independence shouldn’t


only a few miles from the wide sandy North Cornwall beaches at Bude and Widemouth Bay, the stunning Cornish resorts of Boscastle and Padstow (home to Rick Stein’s famous seafood restaurant), and the spectacular scenery of Dartmoor and Exmoor. The ancient Set in the heart of Ruby country (so called port of Clovelly and historic Tintagel after the Ruby Red cattle farmed locally), Castle are close by and the attractions of Blagdon Farm is a working small-holding the Eden Project, the Tate St. Ives, and RHS Rosemoor Gardens are all within

South West Excellence Award Winning Accessible Holidays


All our lodges are South facing with private terraces enjoying magnificent views over our own coarse-fishing lake to the rolling Devon fields and woodland beyond.

Blagdon Farm is the perfect place from which to explore both Devon and Cornwall and you’ll be sure of a very warm welcome. Established in the late 1990s the accommodation at Blagdon Farm, rated at 3 and 4 stars with an Accessibility rating easy reach. of M3A, was a South West Excellence Award Winner in 2007. CALL 01409 The bright lights of Launceston with its ancient castle, steam railway and bustling 211140 TO BOOK YOUR LUXURY HOLIDAY TODAY! shopping centre is just 10 miles away. Here you will find Tescos, a retail park and many local shops. The pretty market town of Holsworthy is just 5 miles away where you will find crafts, excellent local produce and there is a market every Wednesday.


Calvert Trust Exmoor provides accessible activity breaks for people with physical, learning, behavioural and sensory disabilities, together with their friends, classmates, teachers and carers.

what the centre has to offer.

In the evening you can relax in our swimming pool, Jacuzzi or sensory room, enjoy beautiful views from the Acland Room veranda, or participate in the evening entertainments, all at no extra Located in an area of outstanding natural cost. beauty on the edge of Exmoor National Park, a short distance from the North Whatever your age or ability, a visit to Devon Coast, our beautiful Victorian farm Calvert Trust Exmoor will provide a life conversion is at the heart of our award- changing experience; building selfwinning accessible centre. confidence, developing new skills, making Structured programmes of adventurous activities are developed to suit your needs and delivered by our specially trained, highly experienced and qualified team of instructors. We have exclusive use of the reservoir for sailing and canoeing, and easy access to the forest activity trails. With all activities based on one site more of your time can be spent enjoying

friends and having fun. For many students the positive effects are both immediate and long lasting. The centre is open year round and we welcome schools and colleges to visit for three, four or seven night breaks, or even just for the day. Please contact us to discuss your particular needs. Pre-visit tours are also available on request.


King Arthur's Arm Inn offers well furnished rooms to suit most needs.

directly with local care agency for duration of your visit. Wheelchair bedroom M3a by Visit Britain

Single, Twin, Double, Triple and Family rooms plus a 3 bedroom Family Annex sleeping 6. also available 5 Ground floor wheelchair accessible bedrooms, suitable for the use of disabled guests. Ground floor en-suite rooms suitable for guests using a wheelchair or crutches. Wet room, shower wheel chair or shower stool available, adjustable bed, ramps, grab rails Personal Assistance can be arranged

You may continue to use the VIP car parking concessionary ticket provided for the rest of the day after booking out. There is a baby's cot & wooden highchairs available on request. Breakfast is served from 9am each day. Please note if you are booking out, rooms are


to be vacated by 10am on the day of departure, 3 nights bed and breakfast for 2 from ÂŁ90pp. Includes full English breakfast, free Wi-Fi, Free parking and Free loyalty card for extra discounts. Also available under this offer ensuite accessible annexe with wet room. Our menu includes good selection of homemade dishes, which does mean that all the dishes are not always available. The meat used in our food is locally sourced whenever possible from a local farmer/butcher from St Tudy and all milk and cream comes from Cornish farms.

We have Wheat Free Menu, Children's choices, Vegetarian choices There is a a free to use ATM machine in the main bar . Free to use high speed Wi-Fi access. We are usually open 364 days a year from 9am, winter hours may apply Contact us by phone: 01840 770628 or contact us by e-mail‌. or if you are in the locality just pop in for a friendly chat.


Editor’s Choice In Somerset! Our delightful stone cottage has been awarded National Accessibility Levels M1 & M2. We have a high level of accessibility at Cossington Park. This means Park Cottage is suitable for a person with restricted walking ability who may need to use a wheelchair some of the time. There is a wheelchair ramp allowing access for both wheelchair users and the less mobile. The ground floor of the cottage is all on

one level with a wooden floor throughout. There is a ground floor double-twin room and an accessible wetroom with shower seat and grab rails. The open plan kitchen, diner and sitting room open onto a decked terrace and wheelchair-friendly small walled garden with handrails. A variety of birds visit the garden and our little nesting box is regularly in use. There is a step-free route from the side door of Park Cottage to the back door of Park House. There are two ramps on the route and no steps into Park House. There are steps within Park House. Pets and service dogs are welcome. If you


have any additional special requirements please do not hesitate to contact us and we will endeavour to meet your individual requirements for accessibility.

middle-firmness mattresses, soft duvets and luxury cotton sheets, and you’ll find a generous bundle of soft white towels in each room.

Downstairs the large light kitchen/dining/ sitting room provides a relaxed and contemporary living space. Glass double doors blur the lines between inside and the outside, making the decking area, al fresco dining area, barbecue and garden easily accessible for outdoor living. There are two bedrooms on the first floor – a double, and a twin that can be made into a double. There is also a family bathroom. On the ground floor is a twin bedroom and wet room that has disabled access. The beds are super-comfortable with

There is plenty of room to relax, with access through large retractable doors to the garden and terrace. The kitchen area is modern and well stocked. You will need to visit to work out what the black rail is! Large glass double doors blur the lines between inside and the outside, making the outside easily accessible. The Golightly bedroom is on the ground floor and has wheelchair-width access. Beds can be zipped together if required.


The ground floor bathroom is wheel-chair enjoy a run around. accessible and has grab-rails. Extra Border terrier Max, who features in our equipment available on request. dogs video, regularly checks Cossington The decking area, al fresco dining area, Park out for other canine friends and barbecue and garden are perfect for ensures that the gardens are great fun! outdoor living. The house has been home to explorers, Dogs are welcome at Cossington Park and adventurers, sailors, politicians and even receive their own welcome pack. philanthropists. There are some excellent walks from the house and lots of space in the paddock to The family originally lived in the


neighbouring manor house, but in 1901 the Reverend Allan Douglas Graham, who founded the children’s communication charity ICAN, sold Cossington House to help finance the 100 disadvantaged children he looked after.

He extended, refurbished and moved into the neighbouring pair


of medieval cottages to create the Cossington Park that you see today. A beautiful sculpture, celebrating the charity, was created three years ago by local artist Karen Roberts and can be found in the White Garden. Karen also painted the ‘trompe l’oeil’ of the former view to Cossington House which can be seen in the walled games garden.

Guests who are interested in the history of Cossington Park will enjoy the traces and clues that can be found throughout the house, in the pictures, family portraits, furniture, artefacts, the collection of 5,000 books dating back to the 17th Century and the many photograph albums and family papers. The large brass dolphins in the dining room fireplace were taken from the

Devonshire, one of the ships under the command of Graham Wason’s rearadmiral grandfather; while an oil painting of a beautiful lake-side house in Scotland depicts the home of his great great grandfather, Peter Rigby Wason MP, a promoter of the 1832 Reform Bill and co-


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In the garden you will find the exotic Chinese Zelkova elm tree, brought back by an ancestor from China 200 years ago, and further afield, Cossington Church contains many memorials to generations of the family. This is a Gold Award Winning Accessible Hidden Gem for ALL the family including you, the kids and your Dog!

0800 043 3468 Mobile: 07951 256278 Email: info@cossingtonpark.com


Kerridge End Holiday Cottages – Luxury Self Catering Holiday Cottages Cheshire Peak District The luxurious self catering holiday cottages offer accommodation in the

village of Rainow. They are located in the grounds of Kerridge End House, a former Gentleman’s residence built in 1837 for John Mellor. Kerridge End is in the conservation area of the village, which lies in the foothills of the Pennines, straddling the Cheshire


boundary of the Peak District National Park.

village.

For the cyclists there are the Riding the Rainow is blessed with a massive network Ridges and the Grit and Gears cycle of well-maintained footpaths, in total 44 routes close by. miles, varying from quiet rambles to The beautiful Peak Park with its many tough hill walking on rugged moors. The attractions is on the doorstep. The famous Gritstone Trail runs through the historic city of Chester and Chester Zoo,


the UK s leading wildlife attraction, are approximately 1 hours drive away. There are many pretty villages with fine pubs, shops and restaurants within easy reach. Local attractions include several National Trust properties such as Tatton Park, Little Moreton Hall, Lyme Park, Quarry Bank Mill and Dunham Massey, to name but a few. The local market towns of Macclesfield, Buxton, Bakewell, Ashbourne and Leek, which provide shopping and sightseeing opportunities, are within easy driving distance.

The Coach House The family and dog firendly accommodation comprises of a beautiful and luxurious conversion of the old coach house: that has maintained the original features of the oak beams, Yorkshire sash windows and coach entrance. All the rooms have been individually styled to give a light and airy feeling. On the first floor is a large and comfortably furnished lounge featuring an apex ceiling with oak beams, television, DVD/VCR and Hifi system. There is a well equipped breakfasting kitchen with refrigerator/ freezer, built in cooker, hob & extractor, microwave, washing machine/tumble dryer and dishwasher. For that more formal occasion there is a separate dining room. The main bathroom is also on this level and is beautifully furnished with bath, shower and shaver point. On the ground floor is the master bedroom equipped with TV, radio and hair dryer. There is a beautiful shower room which can provide ensuite facilities for the master


bedroom. The second bedroom is furnished children’s play centre situated alongside with twin beds and is equipped with TV, these picnic tables. radio and hair dryer.

The Stables

The outside patio area has a picnic table and barbecue facilities. Further picnic tables are The Stables is an enchanting conversion of a ground floor Grade II listed stables. located in our adjacent field. There is a


level for easy access. The bedroom has a kingsize double bed, clock radio and hair dryer. The stunning ensuite bathroom is superbly equipped with a double steam shower enclosure, jet spa bath and bidet. A cot and high chair are available but please bring your own cot linen and bedding. The lounge, dining and kitchen area are open plan with oak flooring.

The kitchen area has granite worktops and has a comprehensive range of equipment including refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine/tumble dryer, microwave, built in oven, hob and extractor. The lounge area has a leather suite and is equipped with flat screen LCD TV, DVD player and hifi. In addition to the table and chairs located outside the stable door there are picnic tables located in our adjacent field.

The Hayloft

This romantic getaway, luxuriously appointed one bedroom ground floor apartment sleeps two people. The distinctive half round windows which were a prominent feature of the building have been preserved. The Stables is all on one

Family friendly and wheelchair accessible, The Hayloft is an immaculate conversion of the first floor of a Grade II listed barn which sleeps up to six people. The unique features of this unusual building have been carefully preserved to retain charming exposed beams, distinctive circular windows and every room has its own unique character. With the exception of one bedroom the main living areas of The Hayloft are all on one level. All the rooms have been finished with luxury and comfort in mind. There is a large lounge with original wood flooring and exposed roof beams, which has a flat screen LCD TV, DVD, DAB hifi system and seating


for twelve people.

bedrooms. A double bedroom accessed via three steps with kingsize bed, DAB radio/ The well appointed open plan kitchen has oak work surfaces, refrigerator/freezer, built alarm and an ensuite shower room. The in cooker, hob & extractor, microwave, and second bedroom has twin beds which can dishwasher and opens onto the dining area be linked to form a double bed if preferred, DAB radio/alarm, an ensuite split level which has an apex ceiling with stunning exposed beams. The dining area can seat up bathroom with bath and steam shower enclosure. The third bedroom has twin beds, to twelve people with ease for elegant these beds can also be linked, DAB radio/ dining. There is a separate utility with alarm and an ensuite wet room. Hair dryers washer/dryer and cloakroom facilities. and luggage stands are available in all There are three individually styled


bedrooms. The Hayloft has its own private patio and lawned areas with a picnic table and barbecue facilities. There are further picnic tables in the adjacent field which guests are welcome to use while enjoying the surrounding wildlife such as owls, woodpeckers, rabbits and numerous other birds and animals. A children s play centre is situated in the field along side the picnic tables. Outdoor toys are also provided for enjoyment by young children. For more details on our individual cottages, please visit:


Accessible Self Catering Accommodation in Leicestershire at Peppers Barn

Peppers Barn offers quality disabled friendly self catering accommodation in the Leicestershire countryside near Loughborough in the East Midlands. This holiday cottage caters for the disabled guest and their family and is ideal for a


Ideal for Loughborough and East Midlands

About this Disabled Self Catering Accommodation near Loughborough

relaxing holiday or respite break. •

Quality self catering respite accommodation

Full disabled facilities

This high spec, energy efficient respite holiday home is designed for disabled and terminally ill guests to spend quality family time together with their close family. The light and airy self catering accommodation commands uninterrupted views over the Leicestershire countryside, providing a peaceful setting for the whole family group.


The whole of the downstairs is designed to allow free movement for wheelchairs with all rooms having double doors and no thresholds. All the furniture is on castors allowing the rooms to be

organised to suit individual needs. There is a separate cloakroom for boots and coats, and a utility room with washing machine and tumble drier. There is a separate toilet wet room with wash and


basin and shaver point. There is a bedroom with 3 single beds.

The building is highly insulated and energy efficient using solar panels for the building’s electricity; keeping two batteries fully charged up which will allow 6 hours use in the event of a power cut. A ground source heat pump system provides hot water and central heating.

One end of the holiday cottage has been designed as a disabled bedroom/room which incorporates a wet room with shower and bath with a tracked hoist which runs the length of the room enabling a guest to be hoisted safely from There is plenty of parking, and a car port the bed into the bath. There is 1 electric at the front door so you can keep dry between the car and accommodation in hospital profile bed and 1 electric bed. all weathers. There is a landscaped The first floor is accessed by an oak garden with disabled access that includes staircase onto a galleried balcony with a barbecue area with seating. There are seating which overlooks the lounge/ kitchen area below and views of the open plenty of attractions in Leicestershire and fields beyond. This breakout space is ideal the East Midlands that you can visit for younger members of the family. There during your stay. is a double bedroom and a second bedroom with 1 double bed and a single T:01509 880540 bed. There is a shower room with shower, toilet, wash hand basin and shaver point. M:07785 988942E The mezzanine area has a double bed :stay@peppersbarn.co.uk settee.


Accessible Derbyshire—Visit The Peak District! Croft Bungalow is a fully accessible wheelchair friendly self catering cottage in the heart of the Peak District. It’s been partially rebuilt and especially adapted for small parties and families with accessibility needs. Its level access, open plan, with wet roll-in WC & Shower, an optional pop up sensory room, and a range of accessible equipment including a hoist and electric profile bed. Outside is private offroad parking, a private sun trap patio, open country views and an award winning wheelchair friendly sensory garden. Who stays with us? Our guests are typically, a family where a child (or parent) has accessibility and sometimes complex needs; a couple where one is in a wheelchair or requires an access friendly property, and we also get carers from residential homes with their clients coming for a country break.

Award Winning! In the beginning… we focussed on adapting the bungalow and we pretty much left the garden for another day. That day arrived in December 2017 and we decided to use the quiet period over winter turn the jungle into something that all our future guests could enjoy. We decided on a wheelchair safari sensory garden – with something for everyone to enjoy. What we didn’t know at the time – was how close to the wire the project would run. Thanks to a couple of


bits of bad luck and three work stopping visits from the Beast from the East.

changing levels and levelling the land, building ramps, landscaping, moving 30 We spoke to Accessible Derbyshire, peo- ton of topsoil, 25 ton of stone, 8 tons of ple from the Autistic community, profes- coloured gravel (all by wheelbarrow – I sional landscapers, garden designers and lost a stone in weight..!!) , 1/4 ton of gritstone water feature and planting almost wildlife conservation officers – among others, and eventually it started to make 400 plants, and the last wheelbarrow of tools left the garden on 4th May 2018 at sense – and the plan came together. A very full on seven months of planning, re- 11am. This was a good 4 hours before planning, moving stone, digging out trees, our first guests were due.


Our garden now includes features, for instance, plants have been carefully chosen so that there will be colour in the garden 52 weeks a year once all the plants are fully established. We are constantly reviewing and adding to the list, and will keep doing so until its fully established. Water feature The water feature is our pride and joy and the piece de resistance of the gar-


den. Carved out of local Birchover gritstone (a much sought after gritstone – most famously used for Portcullis House at the houses of parliment in London), our water feature takes pride of place at the end of our sun patio and the beginning of the sensory garden track. It is set to be just the right height for guests in chairs to dangle their fingers under the cascading

water and enjoy the tactile experience. Lie on the sunbeds and hear the tranquil sound of water and the constant birdsong – close your eyes and you could be in the rainforest. The water falls onto a bed of rainbow boulders before sinking into its reservoir and getting pumped round again.


project) for the garden. It now hangs proudly on Croft Bungalow kitchen wall and is the first thing you will see when you walk in . For booking details, please call…

Steve Dawes at... 1 Wellcroft, Birchover, Matlock Croft Bungalow has been especially Derbys . DE4 2BN adapted to provide accessible and inclusive self catering holiday accommodation. Call: The feedback we have had from guests 01629 650979 has been absolutely fantastic – and almost six months to the day after that last Visit: wheelbarrow of tools left the garden – we www.croftbungalow.co.uk were thrilled to win the Accessible Derbyshire / Visit Peak District & Derbyshire prize for Best Accessible Project (small


HOLIDAY HOMES FOR DISABLED PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES FROM THE LIN BERWICK TRUST

spectacular Firth of Forth coast of Scotland, the ever popular holiday destination of Cornwall and in the heart of East Anglia.

They have all been built to a design created by Dr Lin Berwick MBE, who is For over twenty years we have specialised herself profoundly disabled. To read about the history of The Lin Berwick in providing outstanding holiday Trust, click here. accommodation for severely disabled people and their family or carers, all in fantastic holiday locations. Our purpose- The spacious properties sleep six (two with disabilities) with separate bedrooms built properties offer you exceptional for other family members and carers. disability facilities, beautifully spacious rooms, and privacy. The rooms contain state of the art equipment and facilities with wheelchairOur properties are located on the friendly rooms, meeting a full range of


disabilities.

countryside overlooking an unspoilt valley towards Looe Golf Club. It is less than The lovely properties are set in their own three miles from Looe which is a small, secure and peaceful gardens. Private parking is also provided on site, helping to yet thriving, fishing port, and renowned resort. Here you'll find a gorgeous sandy make your holiday as stress free as possible. beach, shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs, and amazing scenery. Just down the road The off-site House Managers will greet you can have fun at the Woolly Monkey you on arrival, explain the equipment, answer your questions, and be available Sanctuary, or take a trip on the Bodmin Steam Railway. If you wish to venture in an emergency throughout your stay further afield why not visit the world with us. famous Eden Project, or one of the many Cornwall: Ralph Boyce House. This superb, wheelchair friendly stately bungalow is set in the stunning Cornish


homes. If you fancy something more peaceful, why not visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan? suite caters for nearly any disability. There HOW ABOUT NORFOLK? is also suitable accommodation in addition for four family members or Berwick Cottage is in the attractive village carers. of East Harling. The disability holiday The walled garden, with appropriate cottage is situated in the Brecklands, furniture, allows relaxation in the fresh which is right in the middle of the East air, before or after visiting some of the Anglian tourist region. many tourist attractions of the area. (Click The spacious Berwick Cottage sleeps six here for ‘Things to do and places to visit’ people in total, two with disabilities. You during your stay). will find the specially designed disabled One of the most popular features of this


cottage is the space it provides for those twin bedded room, a bathroom with a in wheelchairs. The spacious living area, bath and separate shower, a wash basin, with kitchen/dining and sitting areas and toilet. allows families to spend quality time together for their holiday (see plan). The living room features tall windows allowing EVEN A BEAUTIFUL LOCATION IN plenty of light into the room.

SCOTLAND!

The very large disability bedroom, with two profiling beds, has French windows onto the garden terrace and a ceiling hoist leading to the well-equipped ensuite disability bathroom. In this bathroom is a height adjustable wash basin, a hi-lo bath, a Clos-o-Mat toilet and a full wheel-in shower. Upstairs you’ll find one double and one

Denis Duncan House is a disability cottage situated in the lovely conservation village of Dirleton. The village is situated on the Firth of Forth, between the Scottish capital of Edinburgh and the pretty coastal town of North Berwick. The cottage sleeps six people in total, two with disabilities. It is very spacious and


has plenty of room for disabled people and their families or carers to spend quality time together (see plan).

wash basin and Clos-o-Mat toilet, a hi-lo bath, and a full size wheel-in shower. (Click herefor a list of all facilities). The very sizeable kitchen, with a convenient The disabled suite is extremely well height adjustable hob top and sink, has equipped with two profiling beds, and an everything you need to feel comfortable overhead hoist to the en-suite bathroom. and at home. Upstairs there are two twin The bathroom has a height adjustable bedded rooms, a bathroom, and second


birds, and even the occasional hedgehog. The large garden backs on to the famous Archerfield golf course.

sitting room for the family or carers. The substantial downstairs sitting room leads into a comfortable conservatory from which you can see the local wildlife – deer, pheasant, squirrels, many garden

Denis Duncan House overlooks one of the village greens and is also in sight of the famous ruined medieval castle. Nearby you can visit the coastal town of North Berwick which has a beach and seabird centre, as well as shops, restaurants, and pubs.

+44 (0)1787 372343 www.thelinberwicktrust.org.uk


What can we say? When our scouts at SME saw this place… they were speechless! Absolute Beauty… We wanted to know why this beautiful barn was set up for our Community. Cotswold Charm was originally set up by Michael Haines in 1999 and ran up to six cottages he jointly owned in conjunction with

his brother Stephen, sister Margaret – all under the careful eye of their late mother Elsie. Since her passing, Michael lets them through Cotswold Charm Holiday Cottages which acts as an agency. Margaret still has Stable Cottage alongside the old farmhouse and Michael has the Old Granary and George Barn alongside the farmhouse where he was born and still lives. They all hope that this change will lead to an improved and more personal service for the


many friends who have stayed with them over the years. Many people with varying disabilities have stayed in our previous three cottages Rick Cottage, Barn Cottage and THe Ewe Pen) which Michael is delighted to report that feedback on had a range of characteristics to support some them has always been very positive and he now of those with a disability. aims that George Barn will surpass them for


those with physical challenges. Whilst the Old Granary’s ground floor is large, accessible and enjoys an ensuite wet-room, Michael as an above knee-amputee can climb the staircase to the lounge/kitchen/diner, but they do provide a bit more of a challenge.

results in you really enjoying yourself and always wanting to return again and again. Cotswold Charm provides 7 very carefully selected 4-star (AA) self-catering holiday cottages, with 1, 2, 3 & 4 double ensuite bedrooms in Chipping Campden which it hopes will meet your exacting and discerning Cotswold Charm aims to provide a unique requirements. 4 of the cottages have ground selection of 4-star (AA) self-catering holiday floor ensuite bedrooms. cottages in Chipping Campden based around Top Farm’s 17thC farmhouse. All within an easy They are mainly based in or nearby to Blind Lane and Top Farm’s 17thC farmhouse which is five-minute walk of Campden’s historic High Street and its numerous Listed Buildings and a within an easy five-minute walk of Chipping tremendous selection of restaurants & shops. Campden’s historic High Street and its tremendous selection of restaurants & shops. Cotswold Charm’s philosophy is that “your holiday is all about you”.

Your Holiday Time is Precious!

Award Winning Countryside!

Designated Britain’s largest Area of We appreciate that your holiday time is Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cotswolds is precious and with careful planning and characterised by rolling hills and crafted, honeypreparation we aim to deliver a service tailored coloured stone, walls and buildings. The as best we can to your individual needs which


landscape is dotted with idyllic towns and villages nestling invitingly to create the warmest of welcomes for those visiting the area. There’s something for everyone at whatever pace life takes you whether it’s walking; fishing; or other sporting pastimes; browsing antique shops; eating out at fine restaurants; theatre; or simply relaxing with a good book midst tranquil surroundings. Described by the historian GM Trevelyan as “the most beautiful village now left in the island”, for many, Chipping Campden with its charming cottages, houses and bustling high street, epitomises the Cotswolds and etches

fond memories that last a lifetime. Chipping Campden also makes a perfect base from which to explore this beautiful little corner of England with Cheltenham, Bath, Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford, Warwick and London also within easy reach by car or public transport. Photographs of Chipping Campden and The Cotswolds by Betty Stocker – we are delighted that Betty has kindly provided us with some of her tremendous pictures of Chipping Campden (as well as those of our cottages) for our website. Look no further for those photos which encapsulate the seasons in and around


Chipping Campden and The Cotswolds that are renowned the world over for their natural beauty. Just click on the above picture of “Lower Slaughter” to see the photographs in her gallery that just ooze and illustrate the atmospheric and ethereal scenery of the area.

George Barn - Accessible Excellence! Built in 1948 on the site of an old thatched barn where the draft horses’ harnesses were stored on the first floor overnight, George Barn was designed to hold implements , tractors, potatoes and apples on the ground floor and bulk grain on the first floor. This use did not last much beyond the 1950’s and more recently it served as an office and

motorcycle workshop/store for 10 years or so before recently being converted into a


wheelchair accessible unit for Michael. Access to the ground floor is by either the 840mm wide side door or by opening the wider bi-fold doors in the front of the picture. In addition to the ground floor double bedroom with ensuite wet-room, up to 3 first ensuite double bedrooms can be made available offering flexible accommodation for 2, 4, 6 or 8 people (prices set accordingly). Off-road parking for 3 cars. Accessed via private drive, the 300 year old colourful garden is on the other side of Blind Lane and there is a further safe amenity/exercise area for children. The flexible lounge/kitchen/diner can accommodate up to 8 including a wheelchair. The electric armchair, settees and comfy carvers can allow all to

machine and drier can be seen to the right of the sink . The adapted kitchen includes fan assisted electric oven tower with pull out shelf to help with transfer of pots and pans which are stored in the drawers below. Induction hob and kitchen sink are incorporated in an electric table that can accommodate wheelchair users and be adjusted to suit your height. Beyond the kitchen is the ground floor double bedroom with ensuite wet-room and electric profiling double bed. There is plenty of storage space in the wardrobe and chest of drawers and room to manoeuvre a wheelchair. Light switches and emergency call system can all be operated from the bed, as can the 26� colour television with all Sky features. Contact Michael with any questions at: Cotswold Charm Holiday Cottages George Barn, Blind Lane, Chipping Campden, Glos GL55 6ED Telephone: 01386 840164 and ask for Michael Mobile/Text: 0788 964 9812 Email: info@cotswoldcharm.com Website: www.cotswoldcharm.com

enjoy a good book or watch your choice of program on the 50-inch Smart Colour TV (all Sky programs, Catch up, Recordings and BT Sport included). High speed WiFi. Under-floor heating and warm & easy clean Kardean flooring add to your comfort. Microwave & toaster are on the console behind the table. Dishwasher fridge /freezer, washing


Spectacular Bespoke Holidays Around The World! We are a supported holiday company that specialises in a door to door holiday service for adults with learning disabilities. As our name suggests, we pick you up from your place of residence and drop you back again at the end of your holiday, so you don't have to worry about a thing. Our supported holidays are all carefully planned to give you the best experience in a completely safe environment. Take a look through our website as we have some wonderful holidays taking in many destinations in the UK, Europe and Worldwide. Our staff are trained, caring professionals who have expertise in looking after and supporting individuals with learning disabilities. You can rest assured that we provide expert, 24/7 personalised support. For your comfort all of our supported holidays are in three or four star accommodation. Our self catering holidays include breakfast, dinner and a packed lunch. Hotel breaks include full board in twin rooms. Single rooms may be available at a supplement. Cruise holidays include full board in twin staterooms. Some day trips and activities are included in the price - see individual holiday details. Door to Door pick up can be provided on all UK holidays - there is a charge for this service. If you require anything that is not detailed here, just let us know and we will do our best to help you. Read more about what to expect from a UK holiday or an abroad holiday with us. You can


also spread the cost of your supported holiday with one of our payment plans. Our aim is to give you an enjoyable and memorable supported holiday. All our team is there to provide you with the best possible care whilst on your holiday. Your health and safety is of the utmost importance to us, therefore we offer the highest quality and experience that our team can provide.

All our accommodation on our supported holidays is suitable for the holiday that we provide to the adult with mild to moderate learning disabilites. We also have accommodation for wheelchair users and our 1:1 clients in adapted rooms with level access showers, grab rails and other adaptations. Special dietary requirements can be catered for.

Here at Door to Door Holidays we value your right of choice in choosing your holiday that best suits you and your needs.

As part of our service to clients who require 1:1 support or wheelchair users we provide home visits. The visit includes assessing the All our staff are enhanced DBS checked. They needs of the client and in collaboration with also have the following training first aid, POVA, the client, their family/carer they can then food and hygiene, manual handling, medication make an informed decision about the suitability administration, epilepsy, and hoist training. of the holiday that they have chosen.


We offer a wide range of holidays to suit all tastes and abilities. However, if you don't see a supported holiday that you like and have a specific holiday in mind we offer a bespoke holiday service to you or your group.

discuss your holiday requirements.

Other visits can be arranged to assess the non verbal communication and the behaviour of the Here at Door to Door Holidays Ltd we provide a client to ensure that we can support their needs on the holidays that we offer. We can personal supported holiday service to our also advise on the most suitable holiday clients requiring one to one support. This locations based on our experience and service is offered to the following clients, wheelchair users, clients with epilepsy, limited knowledge of working with this particular client group. mobility and complex needs.

This service begins with a home visit so that we We also have the services of an occupational can first of all meet each other face to face and therapist who can join us on this visit and


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Special diets Equipment needs Activities Medication Careplan/protocols Risk assessments If you would like further information regarding these services please contact us.

UK Holidays: For all UK holidays we offer a door to door pick up service to all our service users. They will be picked up, in either a people carrier or a mini bus depending upon the number of passengers. Adapted vehicles can be provided for our wheelchair users who are unable to use our other transport. There is an extra charge for this service. Please give us a call on 07974730439 to find out more about this service.

European and Worldwide Holidays: We fly mainly from Gatwick and Manchester airports. We can meet our service users at the airport on the day of the flight but for those can assess the functional needs of the client and service users using our Door to Door pick up service we will collect on the day before our suitability of each supported holiday flight and stay overnight in an airport hotel. destination. There is a charge for the hotel, dinner and care The visit will involve discussing the following: provided during this day. • • • •

Holiday destination Accomodation Transport Staffing requirements

Cruises and Ferry Holidays: For all these holidays i.e. Dublin, Isle of Wight and Jersey we will meet you at the Port, eg.


Southampton, Poole, Portsmouth, Dover or Fishbourne. For those service users using our Door to Door pick up service there will be an overnight hotel stay before we board our ferry/Ship. There is an additional charge for this service which includes hotel accommodation, evening meal and breakfast and 24 hour support.

Disneyland Paris: For this holiday we will meet you at Folkstone to catch the Eurotunnel Train. For the Eurostar we will meet you at either Waterloo or Ashford. If you are using our Door to Door pick up service then an overnight stay is required at either Folkstone, Waterloo, or Ashton and an extra cost is incurred. The extra cost includes hotel accommodation, evening meal, breakfast and 24 hour support.

CONTACT: 01536 428378 07974 730439


As a Travel Counsellor, I am passionate and focused on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction in realising my clients travel dreams - I will do everything to meet your expectations. I believe that travel is all about the

experience not just the hotel room. Everyone is looking for that unique experience; I take pride in understanding the requirements of each traveler, so your holiday is tailored to you. If you’re looking for a family holiday


which caters for every member of the family, a romantic getaway for a special occasion, the wedding of your dreams, group activity holidays, specialist travelling. (maybe explain what specialist travel is) My service is also focused making the world accessible to people of all abilities. And with a level of personal experience you can be confident that I will understand your needs and provide a specialist travel service that is second to none. Whatever your additional access, mobility, sensory or cognitive requirements might be... and wherever in the world you wish to go. So, where in the Worldcan your aspirations take you? If it’s on a map and open to visitors, then I can make all arrangements to get you there! With access to literally thousands of flights, accommodations and transport options literally at my fingertips, you can be assured of a truly independent and customer-first service What I can arrange for you? ďƒ Accommodation accessible to all hotels, villas, apartments, cottages & castles * Low cost, charter and scheduled flights * Vehicle rentals - cars, vans, and wheelchair adapted vehicles * Mobility equipment rentals * Cruises accessible to all - UK departures and Worldwide fly & cruise * Adventure and themed holidays safaris, scuba diving, trekking and more

* Dream weddings abroad - Cyprus, Caribbean, the Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico and more * Travel insurance * Great rail journeys * Airport parking * Theme park and theatre tickets * Departure lounges * Conference and business travel Advice and guidance is offered at a very personal level. Contact me for any travel requirements you may be looking for. T:01522719190 F:01522719190 M:07930201586 E sheila.stamp@travelcounsellors.com W http://www.travelcounsellors.co.uk/ sheila.stamp


Divecor’s mission is to build confidence and self-esteem in children and adults of all abilities including mental and physical disabilities through Scuba Diving. To experience the freedom of being in the water and be gravity free for a period of

time under the supervision of qualified instructors.


Disability Snowsports UK to expand after £131,000 is DSUK’s largest ever donation receiving its largest ever donation in our forty-year history”. The UK’s leading disabled snowsport charity, Disability Snowsport UK (DSUK), today announced that following its largest ever donation, it will be opening a new adaptive snowsport school at Sandown Sports in Esher, Surrey. Millie Knight, who is a three-time Paralympic medallist, two-time Paralympian and Downhill World Champion joined Mark Kelvin, Chief Executive of DSUK to make the announcement.

A significant proportion of this donation is a sult of Crystal Ski Holiday makers, choosing to donate a single £1 whenever they have booked a ski or snowboarding holiday through Crystal’s website. This money has been topped-up further by guests donating additional funds through participating in various activities during their holiday. These funds will enable DSUK to establish a new adaptive snowsport school at the dry ski slope at Sandown Sports in Esher, Surrey.

“We simply cannot thank staff and guests Chris Logan, Managing Director, Crystal at Crystal Ski Holidays enough”, enthused Ski Holidays said “We’re delighted to Mark. “This generous donation of over support DSUK and to be able to help


them expand their operation with the opening of the new snowsport school. A huge thank you to our customers for their generosity too. Our team is really passionate about the work DSUK does and many have spent time volunteering for the charity and seeing first-hand the support they provide.”

brings a level of individual exhilaration and risk that many disabled people simply cannot get elsewhere”. Millie Knight shared Mark’s view. “I first started skiing at six years old when I started to lose my sight. When I’m walking about in my daily life it’s quite restrictive and quite slow and I rely on other people to help me to do things. I’m not in control. When I ski, I can choose the speed we go, and where Peter Le Masurier, CEO at Sandown Sports we go, and that’s really exciting for me” said “I am thrilled that we are now able to offer adaptive skiing in association with DSUK will be running free taster sessions DSUK at Sandown. Making sport at Sandown Sports for any disabled people who might be interested in skiing accessible for all, lies at the heart of what or snowboarding. No previous experience we aspire to deliver.” is required. To book your free session visit “Disabled people can gain huge benefits www.disabilitysnowsport.org.uk or call in participating in snowsport” continues 01479 861272 Mark. “Beyond the immediate physical and mental health benefits, snowsport


We employ an expert team with over 200 years` combined experience of life in a wheelchair. Our main objective is to transform the lives of disabled people across the UK by maximising our customers` range of movement, fitness levels and general health. All designed to help them regain a new level of independence and control in their everyday lives.

We do this by sourcing and supplying the world’s best mobility and rehabilitation products, giving the best customer care and using the unique experience and expertise of our team of specialists and wheelchair-users. Cyclone only sell solutions and services that we would be happy using ourselves. Our portfolio covers:


Lightweight manual wheelchairs – stylish, customised chairs using In the global healthcare world of advanced technology acquisitions and takeovers Cyclone Electric wheelchair attachments – life- remains one of the few independent changing click-and-go attachments wheelchair-user-focused mobility and equipment providers. Neurological rehabilitation (FES) – therapy Functional Electrical cycling systems

Stimulation

Cyclone prides itself on being a company that cares about its staff and customers Physical and cognitive rehabilitation – and one that is not directed by a low-cost VR therapy platform for multinational giant of the healthcare home or clinic use industry. Robotic gait training – helps regain the ability to walk Gym equipment – increasing the fitness and rehabilitation of wheelchair users Occupational Therapy – Obi dining robot: elegant design and intuitive controls


Bewick Mobility, established 1991, has grown organically to become the leading adaptations installer in the North of England and south West Scotland specialising in offering independence through both vehicle

adaptations and mobility aids. We work closely with Motability to adapt Motability cars to suit customer needs while also offering Motability scooters and powerchairs on


Motability’s lease scheme.

options. Furthermore, there is a wide We offer free driving assessments to range of Wheelchairs, Mobility find the most suitable type of driving Scooters and Powerchairs in stock. controls for customers’ needs. Product demonstrations are available for any boot hoists or vehicle access


the great outdoors. The desire to get outdoors never fades Established for over 10 years, the team at and with a recent focus on positive All Terrain Wheelchairs continue to help mental health, it seems this is an essential people with limited mobility stay active in part of life for all of us.


power chair is nothing but positive and the benefits are felt not only by the wheelchair user themselves, but also to the people around them. Examples of such include…. Families who are able to get to the beach & play together in the sand! Farmers who are able to continue to work in the outdoors! School children who are able to participate in field trips! Adaptive surfers who are able to teach All of the powerchairs are designed to their skills to willing youngsters! Dog make light work of rugged terrain, trainers who are able to exercise their including, mud, rocks, sand, ice and snow. dogs…… there are so many examples of ways the chairs have impacted, positively Nothing stands in their way! on people’s lives! The response from people who have purchased their own Magic Mobility


Trilift UK Ltd is undoubtedly ‘The next generation in mobility Scooter and power chair transportation.’ In an era when the majority of us are consumed in the latest technology and must have gadgets, for some a degree of independence and the ability to remain mobile would be high on their wish list.

malls and town centres, sometimes getting them there in the first place can often demand a degree of physical might and ability; either, taking them to bits or by lifting them in to the back of your car.

A typical scooter will last around 12 miles on a full battery charge, but other factors can drastically reduce this and must be With more than 350,000 mobility scooters considered; such as gradients and terrain in daily use here in the UK, there’s no conditions. getting away from the fact that for many Trilift UK Ltd identified a market for people, these scooters are an essential making Scooter & Power chair part of their everyday life. transportation, simple and affordable, and Though great for zipping round shopping


have come up with the ideal solution. Launched in the UK earlier this year, the Trilift is a unique and innovative product that attaches to a vehicles tow bar and is wired directly to the vehicle battery. The Trilift engages with a bracket that is permanently fixed to the Mobility Scooter or Power chair which by the flick of a switch is then raised and locked in place on the rear of your vehicle . . . . it really is that simple! We now have in place a team of sales consultants throughout the UK, servicing leads from National advertising and from trade exhibitions such as SME Virtual EXPO, Naidex and Disability Awareness days. For more information please visit our website: www.trilift.co.uk or email: info@trilift.co.uk Tel: 0191 4928216.


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