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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 2016 season commenced on Monday 8 February with two themed ‘Country and Western’ weeks and will close on Friday 16 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 Elizabeth

Tel: 01977 703384

The Miners’ Retreat –Skegness (Registered Charity 1015581)

The Miners’ Retreat enjoys a seafront location in Skegness. It has a history stretching back to 1939, known as the Derbyshire Miners' Convalescent Home it became as much a part of the everyday life of the Derbyshire Miner as any other aspect of the business. In 2005 the Home was transferred to CISWO and now provides a value for money recuperative breaks to those from mining communities. In 2015 the total number of guests using the Miners' Retreat was 2,700 with guests coming from Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Yorkshire, Durham and Northumberland. The level of demand for rooms remains very strong with occupancy level in 2015 of 91.3% with 1,159 rooms booked out of an available number of 1,460. The main season runs from April to September comprising holidays of one week in duration. In the October to December season there are shorter Turkey and Tinsel breaks.

There is a good mix of double, single and wheelchair accessible rooms available. Meals are provided as part of the breaks with breakfast and evening meals. Entertainment is provided five nights a week during the main season comprising a good selection of artistes. There is also a karaoke once a week. For those guests coming from the East Midlands transport is provided at a more than reasonable cost of £22 per return journey – there is a main coach with disabled lift which starts its journey at Hucknall then picks up at Mansfield, Mansfield Woodhouse, Ollerton and then onto Skegness. A feeder coach picks up in Chesterfield, Bolsover, Clowne, Shirebrook and Glapwell meeting the main coach at Mansfield Woodhouse. We do have the provision if required to arrange transport from other places which would not normally be en-route.

Please contact us if you are interested in booking a break in Skegness

Contact: Tracey or Nigel directly at the Miners Retreat

Tel: 01754-764673

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)

Formerly The Miners' Convalescent Home (Blackpool}

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

Website: http://www.blaircastle.net/

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

Contact: [email protected]

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 Karen at the CISWO Gateshead office on 0191 477 7242.

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

The following is not a Miners Convalescent home but convalescent breaks here are funded by the North East Miners Social Welfare Trust Fund for qualifying beneficiaries. Contact the CISWO Gateshead office and speak to Karen on 0191 4777242


This seaside retreat is ideal for people who are disabled or who have severe health problems. The week break includes transport to and from the home on a full board basis, 24 hour on-call nursing care, adapted rooms, entertainment and trips.

Address: Fairway, Southport, PR9 0LA