WHAT MAKES ELLIE'S HAVEN DIFFERENT
Most families want to take their disabled child on holiday with them but it can be difficult to find suitable accommodation.
The Disabled Holiday Directory (www.disabledholidaydirectory.co.uk) has been addressing this need. It lists properties fitted with equipment such as hoists and wheel-in-showers and says it can hire in other facilities such as oxygen if required. As of January 2015, it listed seven properties in Cornwall with fitted hoists and wheel-in showers, with a further three in Devon.
Another comparable project is a holiday cottage built by the Lin Berwick Trust on the outskirts of No-Man’s Land, near Looe. It provides a wide range of specialist disability equipment, including a hoist.
Ellie’s Haven differs from the above examples in three ways:
1) We only charge a nominal fee for holidays
2) We provide a sensory studio as well as holiday accommodation. The sensory studio is used by families staying at Ellie’s Haven and also by other families coming for the day. The day visitors only have access to the sensory studio, which shares the same entrance as the holiday accommodation.
2) We work closely with Cornwall Council and Cornwall’s Parent Care Council, Contact a Family and Scope’s Face 2 Face. These organisations refer families to Ellie’s Haven for holidays and sensory studio sessions.