School Holiday Day Service Provision for Disabled Children
Family Support Wales operates Holiday Club support sessions for children with disabilities and diagnosis in the school holiday season. We offer this service in the following counties: Neath Port Talbot, Swansea and Carmarthenshire. The trips and sessions are overseen by our managers and support workers. We also recruit sessional holiday workers in the term holidays to help us during these periods. If you are interested in working with us during the school term holidays please see our careers section.
Information, venues and dates for our Summer 2022 School Holiday Day Service Provision will be published on the website shortly.
Family Support Wales Summer Holiday Club was set up as a pilot project with Carmarthenshire County Council. The holiday club offered a range of daily activity trips for disabled children from across Carmarthenshire aged 0-12 year old, and over 12s up to age of 19.The trips were arranged for 2 weeks in July and 2 weeks in August 2021, we block booked a mini bus for the duration of the four weeks. Prior to the trips commencing we arranged meet and greets with the children and families, just to introduce ourselves and get to know the children, these meetings proved invaluable.
During the 4 weeks we visited the following locations: Oakwood Theme Park, Folly Farm, Pembrey Country Park, Aberavon Lido, Oxwich Bay, Clerkenhill Farm, and Heatherton. Our staff were put into teams on each day depending on staffing ratios required and gender mix, with a senior member of staff in attendance each day. The holiday club supported a total of 25 disabled children over the four weeks which was a fantastic effort from our team. We simply made it fun for the children, some of the outcomes were huge in terms of confidence building, huge barriers were overcome, which was testimony to the brilliant work of our staff, and the resolve of the children, simply life changing experiences.
Here are some pictures from our wonderful days out (published with permission).