why wheelchair friendly accessible holidays?
it all began with a wheelchair and a holiday...
Carl, Jacqui and Max Alban initially dreamt up the idea of wheelchair accessible holidays and I Need A Holiday Too. It was back in 2003, when the three upped and left their old life in Rushden, Northamptonshire, home of the famed Dr Marten boots, for a new life in relatively rural France. After an initial look around the area and discounting several properties, the family stumbled upon an abandoned Flax Mill. In its heyday of the late 1890’s early 1900’s the Mill was a big employer locally, where the local farmers bought their Flax straight from the fields to be dried out, steeped in local spring water, dried again, this happened 3 times in various ponds, and then ultimately after the final drying the flax was carded by machines and then spun into the thread that was then used by the linen makers.
The cargo boats and barges came up the River Jaudy, were beached during low tide, filled up with the now spun yarn and then floated back out to sea as the tide rose.
The reason behind the whole idea was that Jacqui and Max were involved in a serious road accident in 1995, that resulted in Jacqui being a wheelchair user for the next 8 years, Admittedly during that time advances in medicines, etc meant that she spent less and less time in the chair and more time mobilising but also during the time, the family went on a couple of disastrous accessible holidays. Hence the idea of I Need A Holiday Too.
After a lot of blood, sweat and tears went into the renovation of the building in Brittany, the doors were opened finally in 2006. Jacqui and Claire Fryer, another one of the directors initially met and worked together on supported and accessible holidays for Claires disabled customers from the UK. They finally joined forces in 2017 when both thought it was time for I Need A Holiday Too to expand, offer more destinations and more variety of the assisted holidays. Claire brings expertise from working with Adults with a Learning Difficulty and Jacqui brings expertise of working with adults and children with a physical impairment.
Both are passionate about working within the aims and objectives of the business, and the business works within the Social Model of disability
“Your wings already exist all you have to do is fly”
To provide the opportunity for disabled people to go on holiday in an environment that will attempt to meet all their identified needs wherever possible while ensuring a good time is had and lasting memories are made.
To ensure that disabled people have choice and control over their holiday and are enabled to make informed choices about their stay. Equality, dignity and respect will be aspired to always ensuring customer satisfaction at all levels
Providing and supporting committed staff who will provide one to one support for clients, thus providing holidays that support the disabled person regardless of their needs
AIMS & OBJECTIVES
For the purposes of this statement we define “disabled” to include people with a physical and/or sensory impairment, a learning difficulty. A survivor/user of the mental health system, dependency on drugs/alcohol, older disabled people and people living with HIV/AID