Howe Top Holiday Home

Creative Support places great importance on service user involvement in the development of our services, both on a local and a company level. The Service User Steering Group contributes to the corporate Business Plan and action plans are developed to include service user suggestions, such as the purchase of ‘Howe Top’, a five-bedroom holiday home in the Lake District.

Service users participating in Service User Forums spoke of how they would like to access outdoor pursuits and experience a quality holiday experience with support, but that many of them could not afford it. As a voluntary agency with charitable status, Creative Support is committed and able to use our resources to enhance services and to improve the quality of life of our service users and so in 2004 we bought this beautiful property in Windermere.

Howe Top is 5 minutes walk from the lakeside, cinema and a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants. The house is well equipped, having TV, video, DVD, music system and snooker table. The house has one ground floor bedroom and bathroom for disabled people and is fully accessible with a ramp.

Service users can enjoy many different activities from horse riding, to lake cruises, to lakeside walks, to visiting castles, to simply relaxing and looking at the stunning scenery.

“What a wonderful house, the views are breathtaking, everything we needed for a great holiday. Dorothy loved wandering around the house and garden and Terry surprised us by being up early every day, raring to go – he’s not normally a morning person. We managed to find something new to do every day and will have to return to see what else there is on offer. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming. Thank you for a wonderful holiday.”
Stoke Support Staff and Service Users

“We have had a fantastic 5 days but it seemed to fly by really quickly. The house is beautiful and so is the scenery. Our service user had a great time, I’ve never seen him smile so much. We picked a brilliant week and have all gone home with a tan. Hope to visit again soon.”
Salford Support Staff and Service Users

“Everyone has enjoyed the break and each other’s company (‘perfect harmony’, David says). Lovely house and décor. We’ve done so much in so little time and worn the staff out. Weather has been fantastic and would recommend everyone to try it out. Staff would like two visits a year as part of their contract!!! We’d all like to come again. Local pubs are nice and the food has been great.”
Halifax Service User

“Enjoyed being here! Very relaxing and tranquil, house is wonderful and it’s a gorgeous area!”
Redcar Service User

For a first hand account of the Breakthrough ‘Healthy Eating, Healthy Living’ holiday to Howe Top click here!

Howe Top Video