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TLC Launch Accessible Short Breaks At Haven

Everyone deserves a little TLC and what’s more quintessentially British than a

getaway to the coast? Unfortunately, accessible accommodation remains a major issue for individuals and families with complex or multiple accessibility needs.

This has prompted Tailored Leisure Company (TLC) to launch their first accessible short

break service.

In collaboration with one of Britain’s leading family holiday companies Haven, TLC

have now launched their first accessible short break service for families to enjoy a

relaxing break in a fully accessible caravan at the site at Berwick Holiday Park,

nestled on Northumberland’s breathtaking coastline.

The team at TLC are on a mission to overcome the barriers and social exclusion

faced by disabled people, specifically in terms of access to leisure activities.

Alongside their high-profile accessible fitness programmes, the recent Best of South

Tyneside Award winners launched the Access for All campaign last year, a funding

drive to support the development of an accessible short break and leisure service for

individuals with disabilities and their families.

Tara Johnson, Director of Tailored Leisure Company who set up the company

due to her own experiences of living with cerebral palsy said:

“We are delighted to collaborate with Haven to bring this fully accessible caravan on

site at Berwick Holiday Park. Many ‘accessible’ holiday homes only cater for a

narrow range of physical disabilities, and this means that people with complex or

multiple needs can’t enjoy a proper break with their families.

We have worked closely with Haven in the specification of the caravan to eliminate

the many barriers to holidays that include a lack of specialist equipment, lack of

support for carers, only partially accessible facilities and being excluded from

activities (like pools).”

Mark aged 19, a Tailored Leisure Company client said:

“Trying to find fully accessible places to stay is mine and my family’s worst nightmare

because you sometimes don’t know what you’re going to find when you get there.

Last time we went on holiday, the bathroom was too small, and you couldn’t access

all areas of the cottage which leaves me feeling left out or my family really stressed. I

sometimes get there, and I am counting the days until we leave when all I want to do

is have fun with the rest of my family.”

As one of Britain’s leading family holiday companies Haven own and operate 41

award-winning family holiday parks throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

Offering a full programme of activities and entertainment alongside being located

next to some of Britain’s most beautiful beaches and brightest resorts, Haven is a

great base for exploring the local area. 

Tara Johnson who now has a trio of awards under her wing after picking up

Entrepreneur of the Year this month at the Best of South Tyneside Awards


“Our aim is to offer the most accessible escape ever, providing customers with a

luxury worry-free break, where families can relax and have fun. The site at Berwick is

a perfect coastal get away and is located near some of the region’s most

breathtaking scenery and experiences. This is an amazing start to our exciting plans

for accessible short breaks across the region, we really can’t wait for families to

share their experiences with us.”

Led by regional research TLC have attracted the attention of numerous national

funders to run a host of accessible fitness projects across the North East region. The

community based and virtual fitness programmes run alongside a continued funding

drive to raise £1.5 million for the development of an innovative, one-of-a- kind

accessible short break holiday and leisure complex, the ‘Butterfly of the North’, which

saw the inspirational founder (Tara Johnson) stand for the first time in over 20 years

to raise vital funds towards the endeavour last year.

A winner of the Sunderland Echo Portfolio Business Awards 2021 for Corporate

Social Responsibility and a recent PNE Social Impact Award winner, TLC have been

a key driving force in developing accessible projects since its inception. The team

are committed to developing accessible opportunities to get fit, have fun and relax

with as little stress as possible and are passionate about overcoming the barriers

and social exclusion faced by disabled people.

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