Break Away

Poppyscotland’s Break Away service is available to veterans aged 65 years and over with an accompanying partner or carer if they wish.  The Break Away service is made possible by the Unforgotten Forces consortium.

The Break Away service is aimed at those who would benefit from a holiday, whether it’s coping with ill health or bereavement, or for those who just need a change of scene and some new company.

The Break Away service will run throughout the year and can be enjoyed anywhere in the UK.  Each break will be tailored to meet the individual’s circumstances and break preference, with many packages providing disability-access coaches, hotels and activities.  The cost of the break, travel costs and a small pot of additional spending money will be made available.

Respite breaks are also available for those with more complex personal care needs such as a severe physical disability or medical condition.  You and your partner / carer can be taken on a break that will be tailor-made for you and give you both the much-needed holiday that you will really enjoy.

Please note that all applications are assessed on a basis of welfare need and means, and you must be 65 or over.  Due to the popularity of the service, there is likely to be a wait of up to 2 months before the outcome of your application is known and a further wait before approved applicants enter the process of booking their break.  It is currently unlikely that any break approved in the near future will take place before the start of 2019.

To apply, please complete the Break Away Application Form and send it back to us with evidence of your service.  Alternatively please call us and we can post a form out to you or can help you complete it over the phone.

For more information, please call Poppyscotland on 0131 550 1557 or email




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