Summer holidays

Young boy with woman volunteer, young boy in gym holding basketball, young girl with man and woman volunteers

Each holiday is planned around the needs and interests of holidaymakers. Activities could include swimming, horse-riding, visits to local attractions, canoeing, dry-slope skiing, meals out, nights in the pub – the possibilities are endless!

We all need a break – a chance to do something different and explore things away from our everyday lives. Sense Holidays provide the opportunity to have fun, try new things and meet new people. They also give parents and carers a break.

The holidays take place in July and August throughout England and Wales. Accommodation ranges from outdoor activity centres, to cottages, farms and barns, to villas, and even barges! Holidays last for one week and usually start either on a Friday or Saturday.

We accept applications from people with a dual-sensory impairment. We are also occasionally able to offer a holiday place to people with a single-sensory impairment with an additional disability. However, our holidays are increasingly popular and people with a dual-sensory impairment will have priority. In addition, within the adult range (19 years and over), we will prioritise applications from people living at home with their families.

Each holiday is managed by one or more experienced and skilled holiday leaders supported by a team of volunteers. The ratio of holidaymaker to volunteer is at least one-to-one. All volunteers are carefully checked, including an Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS, and are fully prepared for the holiday.

We know from what holidaymakers and their families tell us, that the holidays have a huge impact.

Here’s what our holidaymakers say:

"I went on a holiday that made me relaxed and gave me a sense of independence. I experienced many different things for the first time and I also enjoyed activities I loved."

"I enjoyed everything – the place, the people and the fun things to do!"

“I can relax and have fun, away from home and family, and get to do lots of exciting and interesting things with lovely people."

Holidays also give parents and carers a well earned break

"I relaxed knowing my son was getting the care he needs and having lots of fun."

"We felt our daughter had a lovely holiday which she will remember for a long time. She looks at her scrap book and giggles at the photos - so it was a fun week!"

Holidays 2014 – The big 40!

2014 is the 40th birthday of Sense holidays. We will be celebrating 40 fantastic years of Sense holidays throughout the year and we do hope that you will join us in our celebrations!

This year, as ever, we have an exciting summer planned, including a full range of locations and activities, and some fantastic new venues. We really hope there will be something to interest everyone within this varied programme.

For full information on the 2014 programme, please download the holidays brochure and application pack below. Please note that places for the summer 2014 programme are now fully allocated.

The Holidays Team would be happy to discuss with you the possibility of joining the waiting list for a holidays place this summer and can make sure you receive details of the 2015 programme, available from December 2014.

Download the 2014 Sense holidays brochure (PDF, 1.3MB)
View the brochure in online magazine format on Issuu
Download application covering letter (Word, 30KB)
Download an overview of Sense holidays 2014 (Word, 204KB)
Download guidelines for completing the application form (Word, 144KB)
Download the application form and wish list (Word, 685KB)

Further information

If you would like to receive the information in an alternative format or if you would like to talk further about the holidays programme please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Holidays team on:

Tel 0300 330 9250
Fax 0300 330 9251
Textphone 0300 330 9252
Email holidays@sense.org.uk

Volunteering

If you are interested in volunteering on our holidays, please visit our volunteering section.

Volunteering is a great way to meet people, try new challenges, explore new ways of communicating and visit new places, as well as experiencing a unique sense of achievement.

First published: Friday 1 June 2012
Updated: Tuesday 28 October 2014