OAA Care

INTRODUCTION

If you're a wheelchair user with a zest for life, or a child with special needs looking for fun and adventure, or even an older person who's fed up with staring at the same walls we can put a smile on your face. Whether you want to see a show, visit a friend, go clubbing, attend a church or have a fun weekend away we can help. We will organise everything for you. You may be able to use your Direct Payments to purchase trips.

SHORT BREAKS & HOLIDAYS

If you or your carers need a break then why not let us arrange a fun filled weekend away for you. If you're a child or a young adult and want some outdoor fun why not try Calvert Trust in Barnstaple. You can have a go at rock climbing, abseiling, crate stacking, archery, swimming and even have a go on a zip wire. Calvert Trust also host themed weekends such as pampering weekends, Halloween and a 'Turkey and Tinsel' weekend in December.

The Centre is totally accessible and can provide hoists, bed sides and some fully profiling beds. For young and old alike there's the Bond Hotel in Blackpool. This hotel is totally geared up for guests with disabilities and can provide hoists, bed sides, showerchairs and even some profiling beds. The hotel stages a cabaret show evenings and this could include a tribute act. If you'd like to visit Blackpool Zoo, The Waxworks or Sealife Centre the hotel runs its own trips in accessible vehicles. They often host special events; of particular interest are the Blackpool Illuminations packages running through autumn and the 'Turkey and Tinsel' weekends through November and December. And during the summer season you have all the delights of Blackpool on the doorstep.

There's always city based breaks. Cardiff is not too far away from Bristol and for the more adventurous there's the bright lights and excitement of London. For children there's always places such as Alton Towers, Butlins and Center Parcs. The nearest Butlins to Bristol is at Minehead so that's not too long a journey, and there's a Center Parc near Longleat.

Holidays Abroad! Obviously going abroad is going to be more expensive it could be a holiday of a lifetime. For children a trip to EuroDisney would be fantastic. The easiest way to travel there is by Eurostar, as the train goes straight to the Disneyland resort. We can hire any equipment you need from a company in Paris, although Disneyland Paris can provide bed sides and bath hoists.

Cruising is always a good option, especially if you sail from Southampton as then there is no weight limit for baggage. How about Italy?


We can arrange a holiday for you at Centro Ferie Salvatore which is a specialist hotel about a mile from Rome. Every room is accessible and they also have their own vehicles for excursions.

If you have a particular country in mind we can probably find a suitable hotel or villa for you to stay in. For the truly adventurous how about The Jubilee Sailing Trust; they have their own tall ships which are suitable for wheelchair-users. You must be prepared to swab the decks through!

DAY TRIPS

You can hop (or wheel!) onto a train and go anywhere you like. Cardiff isn't too far away. For a really long day head for London. There are disabled changing facilities in Cardiff and London. Or enjoy a scenic train ride to Plymouth. If you're nimble enough there's always coach trips, and there are a few wheelchair accessible coaches available.

RETAIL THERAPY

Undercover shopping centres are ideal in bad weather. The Mall at Cribbs Causway has lots to offer. There's always Gloucester Quays. Ikea in Bristol has an underground car park so you don't even have to get wet getting out of the car. In the summer why not head for Bath, or chill out at Cabot Circus. There are also a good selection of Garden Centres around Bristol with their own cafes and gift shops.

EVENINGS OUT AND CLUBBING

There's lots of nightlife in Bristol; from pubs with live music to venues such as The Hippodrome staging West End Musicals and nightclubs such as Panache, Oceana and the O2 Academy. Plus Bristol has an abundance of restaurants, cinemas and bowling.