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Newman Holiday Trust North West Holiday

Established in 1981, the Trust began by running a one week summer holiday for children with special needs. The Trust now provides holidays for over 120 children with disabilities and special needs aged 4-16 each year, in various locations around the United Kingdom.

Due to the high level of skilled care they require or financial circumstances, the children selected for these breaks would not otherwise receive a holiday. The holidays provide a range of fun activities in a safe and supported environment and use a care ratio of one helper to one child at all times.

Our holidays take place in carefully selected venues around the country. They last for roughly a week and are packed with fun and adventure!

Each holiday’s timetable is designed to cater for the tastes of a very wide range of children with varying interests and abilities.

Activities can include theme park and cinema trips, swimming, horse riding, bouncy castles, organised visits from the fire brigade and Armed Forces, magic and talent shows, discos and so much more besides. The holidays also allow for quieter, more relaxed moments, perhaps involving sensory play, arts and crafts or simply enjoying the peaceful surroundings.

Each holiday is run by volunteers, led by two holiday organisers. Every child has their own volunteer carer, and other “spare” volunteers are around to help out. Every holiday has at least one nurse to give the children whatever medication they may need, to support volunteers in providing for the children’s needs, and to make sure that we are all happy, healthy and active!

Who to contact

07901 676 074

Where to go

Name of Venue
Joshua McLeod
Venue Address
Stonyhurst College
Venue Notes

The holiday is hosted this year at Stonyhurst College. Transport is provided from a Manchester location to and from the venue. Support may be avaliable to collect children who need it from their home in exceptional cicumstances.

When is it on?

Days & Times
15th August -21st August

Who is it for?

Supporting People With
Learning disability
Mental health conditions
Autistic Spectrum
Communication impairment
Physical impairment
Challenging Behaviour
Profound or Multiple Needs
Hearing impairment
Visual impairment
Eligibility Details


  • We offer holidays to young people aged between 4 and 16 (inclusive)
  • We aim to take young people who due to financial reasons or the high level of care required would not otherwise get a holiday.

2017 Selection Criteria – North West Holiday

The North West has a large and very 'in need' catchment area, so to give the children the best care, and the most enjoyment, we often ask for more specific criteria from year to year. This enables us to provide a more tailor-made holiday which could be, for example, catered towards children with more complex physical disorders, or challenging behaviour.


This year, 2017, we are hoping to take children who have a developmental age around the primary school area and, who could participate in more physically engaging activities. This does not exclude children with physical disabilities, as the activities do have adaptive equipment and resources. We can also provide sensory alternatives for children with lower cognitive ability. Obviously we would accept children outside of this remit, but please bear in mind that these holidays are quite compact in nature, so high numbers of challenging behaviour can impact on the enjoyment and safety of the children and volunteers.

How to use this service

Referral Required?
Referral Details

If you wish to refer a child for one of The Newman Trust Holiday’s please complete the form attached on this advert or on our website at:

Referrals can be from parents, carers, teachers, Occupational Therapists, Speech & Language Therapists, Nurses, Doctors or any proffesional involved in a young persons care.

Cost Information

How accessible is this service?

Wheelchair Access
Accessible Toilet
Further Details

All activities are organised to meet the needs of the young people accesing. The venue is accesible. 

Last updated date:
06 February 2017


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