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It was a birthday trip to remember for Dan when he went on holiday to Lanzarote for the first time.

Accompanied by his support worker, Dan, who lives at Alexandra Park, a supported living service in Northumberland, enjoyed last September his first holiday since lockdown.

“I wanted to go to Berlin originally but there are only seasonal direct flights from Newcastle, so I went with my second choice of the Canary Islands instead.”

By going out-of-season in September, Dan was able to avoid the crowds.


“There were no queues anywhere, it was really quite nice.

“I’m not the sort who goes on holiday and sits on the beach all day, so we did loads of sightseeing and got to see some fascinating things.

“We went right round the island, learning all about its volcanic history. We went up into the national park and they were cooking chickens from the heat of the dormant volcano!”

“On my birthday we went to Arrecife and had a nice time there. On other days we went to the markets at Teguise, went on a boat trip to Fuerteventura, had a day at the beach and finished by going to the waterpark on our last day.”

Speaking Spanish

Dan even got to put some of the Spanish that he learned at school into practice. Dave, his support worker, says:

“He made a real effort to speak Spanish to greet people and order things. The locals really appreciated it, they were very impressed.”

It seems Dan has reignited his travelling bug, and is already looking forward to his next trip:

“I want to see the Christmas markets in Germany, so could do that with the seasonal flights to Berlin.”

We look forward to hearing all about it!


About Alexandra Park:

Alexandra Park, located in Newbiggin by the Sea, Northumberland, is a unique development of 28 single occupancy bungalows, all located within extensive grounds. 

Support is provided over a 24 hour period by dedicated support teams in each bungalow.

Alexandra Park is part of Lifeways.

About Lifeways:

Lifeways is the UK’s largest team of support professionals providing support for adults in the community.

Our 11,000 colleagues currently support close to 4,500 individuals who live in our 1,500 supported living and residential services across England, Scotland, and Wales. 

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