Our main purpose is to make grants to fund or part-fund short breaks for those of any age, living in England and Wales


The Victoria Convalescent Trust (VCT) is a registered charity (no.1064585).

Our main purpose is to make grants to fund or part-fund short breaks for those, including carers, of any age, living in England and Wales:

  • Who are in need of a short break for the purpose of convalescence, recuperative care or respite care;
  • Who do not have adequate resources to fund themselves; and
  • Who have been unable to obtain sufficient assistance from the statutory services.

Grants are made for short breaks taken in the UK only. We normally make grants for short breaks taken with registered specialist providers such as:


However, we also consider funding the use of other facilities that may be more suitable for certain individuals. In view of this, grants have been made to fund short breaks in:

  • All season holiday centres
  • Commercially owned mobile homes
  • Holiday chalets, cottages and lodges
  • Hotels
  • Summer camps

If there is a need for a whole family to have a short break, grants are generally made towards the cost of self-catering accommodation.

Incorporated into the VCT is a much smaller fund for the purpose of making grants for essential equipment such as white goods, essential household items, contributions towards mobility aids and other specialist equipment. Priority for funding is given to those with a severe and enduring disability, physical or mental illness and to carers. Due to the high level of demand it is unlikely that the trust will be able to offer assistance to anyone who does not meet these criteria.

In 2019 we approved grants totalling £135,141 to 513 applicants.