Why it matters
At our camp the children benefit from the independence the camp offers them. This is, for many, the only time they spend away from their parents or guardians all year.
Many children have the opportunity to attend summer camps, go on day trips and socialise with children their own age throughout the year and in particular the summer holidays. This means they have an opportunity to build lasting friendships and enjoy the same kind of experiences other children have regularly, and these really have a lasting impact.
Unfortunately, simply travelling with a disabled child can be prohibitively expensive and ensuring a child has all their basic needs can be very difficult.
The camp provides a safe and secure environment where the needs of the children are met, leaving them to enjoy a holiday just as children would. It is also a valuable respite period and peace of mind for their parents, many of whom care for their children single handedly throughout the year and can rarely leave them in the hands of others.
The helpers at the camp are all volunteers and often attend year after year. They are great friends throughout the year and often meet up for social occasions outside camp. Many have helped at ten or more camps and so they have experience of disabled children and their needs, some have attended the camp as children and returned as volunteers in adulthood, others have disabled brothers, sisters or family members.
The strong sense of camaraderie, friendship and unity of our helpers is one of our greatest assets and forms one of the reasons children request to return to camp each year.
But don’t just take our word for it, please read some accounts we’ve had from:
- a boy that previously attended the annual camp
- a mother whose son attended a number of camps
- a couple of our regular helpers