Convalescence is provided by a number of charities which have different policies about eligibility and conditions. A convalescent break is one that provides an opportunity to recover from illness, whether a short or long term condition, and includes respite breaks for those with such conditions or who are caring for those with such conditions.

Please contact the Address shown for each home for their own guidance about their specific rules.

Yorkshire Miners’ Welfare Convalescent Homes (Registered Charity No. – 230638)
The Lynwood Convalescent Home, Scarborough

YMWCH provide Monday to Saturday convalescent breaks at their Lynwood Convalescent Home in Scarborough. The home is open to mineworkers, former mineworkers and their wives/widows who are in need of a recuperative break as a result of an illness or operation. Eligibility for admission is based on the number of years’ service within the Yorkshire Coalfield.

Scarborough is a pretty east-coast resort with two sandy bays, a historic castle, a harbour, shopping, golf, theatres, cinemas and many other facilities. The Lynwood is located in the North Bay area of Scarborough, close to Peasholm Park and is within walking distance of both the town centre and the beach. A maximum of 38 guests can be accommodated in single, twin and double-bedded rooms in first and second floor accommodation. There are no ground floor rooms but the Home does have a lift to both floors and a purpose-built disabled bedroom. Additionally, many rooms are equipped with ‘wet rooms’ and the home now boasts a dedicated scooter housing and recharging facility. Coach transport is provided from various pick-up points around the Yorkshire region. Admission to the home is primarily based on need relating to medical conditions.

The 2018 season will commence on Monday 5 February with two themed ‘Country and Western’ weeks and will close on Friday 14 December after the traditional "tinsel and turkey" breaks.

For further details and an application pack please contact YMWCH at CISWO’s Yorkshire Office

Contact: Barbara or Graham

Tel: 01977 703384

Court Royal Convalescent Home, Bournemouth (Registered Charity 507439)

The Court Royal convalescent home for the South Wales Mining Industry has long been a favourite place for miners' families looking for a friendly place to stay and is situated on the sea front within yards of the Bournemouth pier, beach and gardens. There are twenty one twin bedded rooms and four single rooms along with superb sea views. There is a lift to all floors and the home boasts an excellent games room, two large lounges, a spacious balcony terrace and dining room offering a well prepared choice of meals.

Interested applicants should contact the CISWO South Wales office for more details on 01443 485233

The Miners' Hotel (Registered Charity 226547)

An attractive sea front hotel this replaced the imposing old convalescent home known to many. Though the hotel does not have good access for the disabled arrangements with other hotels can be made to accommodate those who are eligible to use the hotel.

For information about vacancies and eligibility conditions please contact the Manager

Address: The Miners Hotel, 30 Queens Promenade, North Shore, Blackpool, Lancashire FY2 9RN

Tel: 01253 596984

Scottish Mining Convalescent Trust, Culross

The largest Convalescent Home still operating in Scotland is at Culross, Fife and is attractively set in its own grounds overlooking the Firth of Forth. The Home is within walking distance of the National Trust Village of Culross and is on a regular bus route to both Dunfermline and Stirling. It has 28 rooms, single, doubles and triples. some of which can accommodate people with disabilities. The facility also has a lift.

Details of how to apply for admission can be obtained by contacting the Manager

Contact: Charles Brady

Address: Scottish Mining Convalescent Trust, Blair Castle, Culross, Fife KY12 8JW.

Tel: 01383 880307


Lothian Mineworkers' Convalescent Trust, Gullane

The Lothians Mineworkers Convalescent Home is a particularly impressive homely lodge house and cottage in Gullane, East Lothian, adjacent to sand dunes, a beach and overlooking Muirfield Golf Course. It is within walking distance of the town centre and there is a regular bus service to North Berwick, Musselburgh and Edinburgh. It has accommodation for up to 37 persons within 16 bedrooms which vary in size e.g. 2 single, 10 double, 2 triple, 1 x 4 bed and 1 x 5 bed.

Further details on admission can be obtained by contacting the Secretary

Address: Ella Egan, Whatton Lodge, Hill Road, Gullane, East Lothian.

Tel: 01620 842278

For both the above information about the convalescent homes is available from the CISWO Scottish Office

Address: 2nd floor, 50 Hopetoun Street Bathgate, West Lothian, EH48 4EU

Tel: 01506 635550

In The North East the Miners' Social Welfare Trust Fund support financially convalescent breaks for qualifying beneficiaries. For more details contact Gail/Kealey at the CISWO North England office on 01977 703384.

Yorkshire Miners' Convalescent Home (NUM)

Set in some 17 acres of grounds, including lawns and gardens, this home is ideal for people with little or no health problems due to its hilly location. The 5 day break includes transport to and from the home, breakfast and evening meal, entertainment and one day trip.

Contact: Mark Lomax

Address: Low Hall, Hackness Rd, Scalby, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO13 0SD

Tel: 01723 363154