Holidays are a chance to unwind with your family, discover new things and forge memories in the sunshine – and they’re especially important when your child has complex needs. Sometimes it might feel like the holiday you’d really like to take isn’t possible, but with enough planning and a deep breath the world can still be there for you and your family to discover.
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Making your holiday dreams a reality.
A ‘wish making’ charity grants a wish to a seriously ill, disabled or life-limited child. This can include a huge range of conditions. The wishes are generally tailor-made to fit your child’s wildest dreams – anything is possible, from meeting a movie star to visiting Santa.
There are loads of after school clubs and holiday clubs all over the UK. The easiest way to find what you're looking for is to check out your local Authority's Local Offer website. Also ask you Senco or nearest Special School who often run clubs with other local charities like the Cerebral Palsy Society.
The Papworth Trust covers Cambridgeshire, Essex and Northamptonshire. They run Fun United for disabled young people across the East of England. Activities include Zumba, circus skills, film making, horse riding and much more. They are open to all young disabled people aged 11 years and over, with some clubs in Raunds open to people aged 5-19 years.
Unique Kidz and Co Holiday Club in Lancashire. Activities include crafts, going on trips and making friends.
After school clubs and holiday schemes in East Sussex, where Disabled children and young people can enjoy play-based activities. They offer fun, quality play sessions which will help motivate, develop confidence and help children and young people make new friends. Sessions include music, arts and crafts, role play, sensory games and cooking.
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