We launched Spectrum Holidays due to the huge demand we constantly have for our own holiday accommodation. We want to be able offer fantastic family holidays to all the guests that we can't accommodate ourselves!
We are therefore actively looking for new Spectrum Partners with suitable holiday accommodation around the UK. And the best bit...you don't have to pay a penny unless we secure bookings for your accommodation so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!
Why advertise your holiday accommodation with us?
After many years of unsuccessful holidays with our own little boy who is autistic we purchased a caravan and set it up for our son’s needs. We began renting that property to other autism families and the demand was enormous – far more than we could ever accommodate and the concept of Spectrum Holidays was borne.
We launched in mid-2019 and the interest in our properties was far bigger than we could have anticipated. We are now in the process of expanding our business across the country as quickly as possible to meet the interest from potential guests. We have just launched our social media campaign and have started listing properties on our website but we are in the process of talking to holiday owners around the country. We want to get the number of available properties increased as quickly as possible so that guests can access them and get their holidays booked for 2020 and beyond.
This presents a fantastic opportunity for you to reach a currently hugely untapped audience of families wanting to book a holiday. We are always looking for more holiday homes to accommodate our ever-growing customer base.
How does our Accommodation Differ?
Our families benefit from accommodation that has been specifically set up to be autism friendly and that is where we come in.
We visit all potential holiday homes and make an assessment of suitability. We provide all accomodation owners with one of our “Spectrum Packs” which contains a wide selection of sensory toys and equipment, we also provide a social story and a selection of visuals that are specific to the accommodation and help support our families on their holidays.
We also provide extensive information on the surrounding area paying specific attention to any autism friendly attractions nearby.
We actively advertise all our holiday accommodation on our website which has the added benefit of being available to the wider autism community across the UK via the hundreds of support groups we are members of. There is no charge for this service - see below for more information of how the money side of things works.
What sort of additional needs do our guests have?
Unfortunately, there is a common mis-conception that children with autism are ill-behaved and we have had potential partners worried about this - as a result we like to tackle this concern head on. Children with autism simply see and communicate with the world differently. We have been successfully providing autism friendly holidays for over 3 years with zero issues from the guests with autism that we have accommodated.
Autistic people can sometimes find it difficult to process sensory information around them and often struggle with any change to their normal routine – this can make a holiday, with a change of environment very challenging for them. Any of the senses can be under or over sensitive – or both at different times, and to help regulate that sensory information we use a range of sensory toys which we provide to our owners in the Spectrum Pack. We provide extensive support to the guests before their stay to help their family prepare for the trip. We provide visual support for our families to help them both prepare for their holiday and also give them visuals to use when out in the local area. We are available to our guests 24 hours a day, 7 days a week which makes us the first port of call for any questions or problems our guests may experience. We would only contact you if completely necessary.
Our families do not pose any greater risk to your holiday home or its contents than any other family.
There are around 700,000 people on the autism spectrum around the UK, if you include their families that means that autism is part of daily life for 2.8 million people and all these people go on holiday, we aim to be their first port of call when booking holiday accommodation in the UK.
All of our guests will have very different needs therefore we could actually take on a wide selection of accommodation types although not all cottages will be suitable for every family. As each families needs are different we will list all relevant information as part of the advert. We even include a description of the lock types, its something we get asked regularly about our caravan.
For your accommodation to be suitable we'll need to satisfy the following criteria:
- There are a significant proportion of autistic people who’s needs mean that they need accommodation with secure key locks on the windows and doors so that parents can remove keys once escape routes are secure and put them out of reach. This is not something that all families would need and usual window/door handle locks would be sufficient however if you have key locks or are prepared to fit them this will open your property up to many more families.
- All autism families that we spoke to consider Wi-Fi as a must have. This is so the autistic person can watch a favourite show or watch their YouTube channels as a method of self-regulation.
- Stair gates/child gates and bed guards can be very useful for our families, if you don’t already have these we can provide them for Spectrum Holiday guests.
- There are families that would really benefit from secure beds. Should you wish to advertise your property purely with us this would be a huge benefit although it isn't essential.
- Because of some children’s limited diet, families are not always able to eat out and if they are, quite often the child’s own food needs to be taken from home. Access to nearby shops, pubs and restaurants is importan, or even a supermarket delivery service.
How we work with our Partners
Whenever we are approached by holiday accommodation owners that want to become partners we take the time to speak with them and get to know them. We ask if they can send us some photos and information about their accommodation in the first instance so we can begin to assess suitability for our guests. If on the first assessment the property seems suitable then we will discuss the terms of the partnership, then arrange to visit the property.
Assuming there is no issues that have cropped up from the visit, we will then move forward with getting you set up as an official partner, listing your property on our website and sending out one of our Spectrum Holidays packs for use by Spectrum Holidays guests.
Advertising your property
There is no charge to advertise your property on our website. We will work with you to suitably represent your accommodation on our website and provide our guests with all the information they will need to decide if your property is the one for them. The network of families within the autism community is enormous and this in itself provides us with an unprecedented - and unique way of advertising our services....and your holiday property. Awareness of autism is very much in the public eye and there is a huge demand for what we offer.
Any guests that wish to book a holiday in your accommodation will send us an initial enquiry using the “contact us” form on the website. Once we have confirmed availability with you we will take a deposit of £100 to secure the requested dates. We then send the guest a copy of our terms and conditions which need to be completed and returned. It is only at this point that the booking is confirmed. Please see our cancellation policy for full details.
Rates & Our Fees
We will charge our guests the pre-arranged rates that we have agreed for your property (along with any other terms) The fees will then be passed on to you on a monthly basis.
The Spectrum Pack
All our guests must have access to our 'Spectrum Pack'. This equipment can be kept in a cupboard and is to only be used by guests of Spectrum Holidays who will have been advised before their stay where the equipment is kept. More details relating to the Spectrum Pack will be provided within the partners terms and conditions. The Spectrum Pack will include:
- A selection of handheld fidget toys
- Light projectors
- Colour panels
- Sensory light toys
- And a range of sensory tactile toys
- Visual resource pack
- Stair gate and bed guard (if applicable)
Becoming a Partner
If you'd like to learn more about becoming one of our partners, please don't hesitate to get in touch, we'd love to hear from you.