Short breaks for families with a disability

Activity breaks for members of the Armed Forces and their families who have a child with a disability and/or an additional need.

I would say the experience was life-changing for us – it was a hundred times better than a normal holiday and being around other families who are in a similar situation was much more relaxing.

- Natalie, Army spouse

SSAFA is excited to offer our Short Breaks programme for military families at the Calvert Trust Exmoor.

The application for the 2020 family break is now closed!  

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get into contact using the webform at the bottom of this page.


Short Break 2020 Details:


October 26th – 30th

Calvert Trust, Exmoor

This break is for Armed Forces families with children aged 5-18 years who have an additional need or disability. Siblings are also welcome! There must be at least one parent attending alongside their children. The break takes place at Exmoor Calvert Trust in a beautiful setting overlooking a reservoir in Devon. Daily activities include:

  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Biking
  • Sailing
  • Archery
  • Abseiling
  • Bushcraft
  • Low ropes

Families sleep in their own rooms on-site; we will make sure that families are in rooms next to one another if we cannot fit the whole family in one room. Three hot meals a day are provided.


  • All children within the family must be between 5-18 years.
  • Children are dependents of a current serving person or reservist.
  • One child attending must have an additional need and/or disability.
  • At least one parent must attend the break with their children.

Please check this page in the future for new short breaks and holidays, or consider joining the Forces Additional Needs and Disability Forum and stay informed.

We are very pleased to say that the Annington Trust is supporting SSAFA's Short Break's programme.

Find out about future breaks

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Need more information?

Please fill in the form or call us to speak to our Additional Needs and Disability Advisor.

020 7463 9315

We are open 09:00 - 17:30,
Monday to Friday.

Meet the Hansom Family

Normally the Hansom Family are required to split family time between the differing needs of their children, one of whom has Autistic Spectrum Disorder.  Rarely are they able to bond together as a single unit, particularly when on holiday when trying to ensure all of their children are having fun - and advanced activities like canoeing or bike riding were considered unthinkable.  That was until they went on holiday with SSAFA.

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