Camp Mohawk is a multi-functional day centre for children and young people with special needs. Our beneficiaries have a range of conditions including Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC), Downs Syndrome, sight and/or hearing impairments, cerebral palsy, brain injury, genetic disorders and various other life-limiting inherited, acquired or medical conditions.
Around 1,000 young people per year, aged from birth to 25 (98% under 18) visit Camp Mohawk with their families during school holidays, in term-time with their special school or group or through one of our after-school groups. Families visit from all over the South East of England and for some, because of the complexity of their child's needs, this is the only place the whole family can come together for a day out. Our family days are currently oversubscribed by 50% and we often have to ration visits to once a week.
Outdoor facilities at Camp Mohawk currently include a securely fenced, managed woodland with accessible pathways and nature information panels, areas laid to lawn with picnic facilities, a heated (34 degrees) outdoor pool (open May to September); a sensory garden including outdoor instruments, mirrors, and play panels and adventure playgrounds.
It's a wonderful place but the wide range of conditions that our child visitors live with means they need very different equipment for play, socialisation and security. One size does not fit all. To help us achieve our aim of providing fully-inclusive opportunities for young people with special needs to socialise, build skills and gain confidence we've started Project All Aboard. Through this we will increase the amount of accessible play equipment on site. This will significantly reduce the isolation often experienced by physically disabled children - allowing them play alongside children with cognitive disabilities. They will be able to play on equal terms alongside their siblings who do not have disabilities, strengthening family bonds and reducing pressure on parents.
Our Site Manager, after consultation with parents of our registered children, has identified this award- winning design for an inclusive roundabout to be installed in our existing adventure playground. It will enable children who use wheelchairs or who need to sit to safely join in as equals to play, socialise and relax.