Supporting those who need it most

Short Breaks for Older People

Short Breaks for Older People

The aim of the short breaks for older people programme is to provide socially isolated older people with an opportunity to meet and mix with others.  They also provide stimulation, fun and friendship at an affordable price.

"You're always made to feel very at home...  Every year you feel as though you're wanted. I love the holiday and having the company."

Since the 1950s BCM ran holidays for over 70 'older people' at BCM's Childhaven Centre in Millisle.  Each holiday consisted of one week at Childhaven followed by reunions in the spring and autumn where friendships could be renewed.  In 2011 the short breaks moved venue, but still include evening entertainment such as Old Time Dancing or musical groups.  Volunteers are involved in the programme helping with the day to day activities and entertaining at night time.  The most recent destinations for the short breaks have been Coleraine and Ballybofey, Donegall.

Why do we run this project?

Many of those who attend feel socially isolated in their daily lives, particularly those with limited access to transport.  A survey carried out by a large UK charity showed that:

  • 17% of pensioners had income less than half the national average (1998-1999)
  • ¼ of over 75s said they were more or less alone and socialise with very few people

The holidays provide socially isolated older people with an opportunity to meet and mix with others.  They also provide stimulation, fun and friendship.  The short breaks are subsidised by BCM.

"The holidays are getting better every year. I enjoy every minute of it! There's never a dull moment”.

 

Short Breaks for Older People 2017

We are now taking bookings for:

4th-7th April 2017 at The Radisson Hotel, Sligo
£265 Per Person Sharing / £310 Single Room

12th-16th June 2017 at The Lodge Hotel, Coleraine
£240 Per Person Sharing / £300 Single Room

19th-22nd September 2017 at The Villa Rose Hotel, Ballybofey
£265 Per Person Sharing / £295 Single Room

Prices subject to Euro exchange rates! In order to secure your place please pay £60.00 non refundable deposit.

 

For further information please contact:

Janet Sewell, Community Services Manager
Email: jsewell@belfastcentralmission.org
Tel +44 (0)28 9024 1917