Summer holidays are an essential part of growing up. Kids need the chance to spend time out of the house independently of their parents so that they can achieve and experience new things for themselves. For disabled children who require additional support that is difficult and we are one of only a handful of charities who are able to provide that help.
On our summer camp all care needs are covered by trained volunteers without any fuss. The important thing is that the campers get to enjoy a week of brilliant activities which they help to design. We introduce campers to new sports like abseiling, kayaking and wheelchair rugby to inspire them to take up new challenges. We take arts and crafts to a new level and have even created a live music festival on camp because some kids were worried they could never go to Glastonbury. Rather than settle for second best we want the campers to go home filled with confidence and telling everyone what they have achieved. On three occasions we have created flying days where they take the controls of a small planes!
I went to the camp myself as a child and have volunteered for 30 years, so I really know that this project makes a huge difference to disabled children.
We are proud to be Ofsted registered and Outstanding as a disabled children's holiday scheme and in 2017 we were awarded The Queens Award for Voluntary Service as a rare example of residential support for disabled children.
Unfortunately we have only been able to afford one camp per year and need to add to that in 2021 so that we can support more disabled children and young people. The first step is to add a new project which supports those aged 16 and over because we know there are fewer chances as disabled children get older. We will create a project which respects their boundaries and achieves their aims with them. We will spend two days together on team building activities similar to camp before a three day project directed by the young adults themselves. Whether they want to support a local group, help on a farm or experience something for the first time we will guide them through it on their own terms. We are currently fundraising for our summer camp and hope that donations secured through Aviva will support our over 16's project specifically as something brand new supporting disabled people achieve new things.
Thank you for your help.