Sense has been running holidays for disabled people in the UK for over 50 years. We can promise postcard-worthy adventures in the country’s most picturesque spots. All with expert carers and trusted volunteers at your side!
Every Sense Holiday is an opportunity to make friends for life. We group you together with other holidaymakers around your age, with similar communication styles.
Most importantly, we group holiday-makers together based on their interests. Want to try canoeing, climbing or even horse riding? We’ve got the right holiday for you!
Who can go on Sense Holidays?
If you’re interested in a Sense Holiday, you should apply as early as possible – places fill up quickly!
We offer places on Sense Holidays to people who have complex communication. That could mean that you have:
- Sensory impairment
- Learning disability
- Physical disability
This isn’t an exhaustive list. If you’re not sure if Sense Holidays are for you, speak to our friendly team.
There’s no upper age limit on Sense Holidays – we take children and adults. We run two types of holiday:
- Children and young people, up to the age of 18.
- Adults aged 18 and over.
Sense Holidays provide an unforgettable break for people of all ages with disabilities, and a week of respite for their carers. If a week feels like too long, why not have a look at Sense Short Breaks? You can choose a relaxing day trip or get up to something fun!
Mia’s Sense Holiday
Mia is deafblind and has complex medical needs. This can make it harder to find holiday venues she can visit and enjoy. On her Sense Holiday, Mia tried sailing for the first time, enjoyed a train ride and even rode in a tube down a dry ski slope!
Mia’s mum, Frances, said, “I would do everything in my power to make Mia happy – but when I’m doing it without a break it can get to the point when I find myself flagging. So that week gave me the chance to be a better mum to Mia, and her brother and sister.”
What’s special about Sense Holidays?
We have 50 years of experience taking people with complex disabilities on supported holidays around the UK. You’re in safe hands.
We plan each holiday around the needs and interests of the people on it.
All our holiday leaders and volunteers are experienced, trained and passionate about what they do.
Our under-18s holidays are registered with Ofsted, with a Good rating.
How much do Sense Holidays cost?
We ask each holidaymaker to pay £800.
The total cost of each holiday place is around £2,500, but we’ll cover everything over £800. This pays for:
- Your accommodation.
- Food, drink and activities.
- Salaries and expenses for our expert Holiday Leaders.
- Training for our amazing Sense Volunteers.
- The cost of getting you around during your holiday.
- Any interpreters and transcription you might need.
- All the other costs of planning and carrying out the holidays safely.
Your payment could come from local authority (LEA), Direct Payments, individual or personal funds. Family Fund offer a free 10-minute course to find out about grants you or your family may be eligible for.
How to apply to go on a Sense Holiday
Sense Holidays are extremely popular, so we can’t offer a place to everyone who applies.
It is important to provide as much detailed information about yourself as you can and complete the application in full. We’ll try our best to get you on the most appropriate holiday to meet your needs.
It’s also important we know your first, second and third holiday choices, and any unsuitable dates. We might be able to offer you a place on an alternative holiday more suited to meet your needs.
Holiday applications for 2022 have now closed
You can send us an expression of interest for holidays in 2023! Fill in the form below and we’ll add your name to the list.