“Our project is unique in that we provide activities where both the disabled child and their siblings take part supported by their family.”
CAAP is a small charity based in Cornwall formed by a group of parents of children with additional needs to support families to access activities during school holidays.
Every child or young person registered with CAAP has a disability or additional need that impacts on their ability to attend mainstream holiday activities. They typically cannot play in their own communities because of safety issues and often spend school holidays indoors or in front of screens. School holidays are a time of great stress for families with disabled children with the lack of structure and this also impacts on siblings.
Often mainstream providers are not trained in supporting disabled children, do not have the correct equipment or there is additional costs of providing one to one support.
Many families in our group struggle to go to the beach or enjoy the outdoors because of their child’s disability or additional need. We have a significant number of families who have a child on the autistic spectrum who struggle to go out in school holidays because of their child’s behaviour.
CAAP will endeavour to commission activities that are accessible, organise funding and supply equipment to ensure every child has access to as many activities as possible during the school holidays.
“We aim to help the children and young people in different ways including their self development”
Many of the activities we offer are outdoors. These activities can get children away from their technology for a brief time and encourage them to exercise and be with other children and young people and have fun.
Forest skills, swimming, dancing, cooking and just some of the many more opportunities to try new things which will can subtlety support their day to day life skills. This very much includes socialising with each other; learning to tolerate other children being in their space and sharing and communicating
Develop Self Esteem
We also encourage the children and young people to believe in themselves & empower them to achieve! It may take time depending on the individual but we believe through small steps bigger achievements can be obtained
We take pride in providing a wide range of activities to suit all abilities for our members to access during school holidays – you can see some of them here. We also request families and participants give feedback as to how events have gone to ensure we are giving as much variety as possible and reaching out to as many members as possible. If you think an activity would be fun to add to our current list of activities just get in touch, we may well add it in the future!
2016 Video of Activities
2015 Video of Activities
We understand the needs of families and their children
CAAP is run by Trustees, Directors and committee members all of whom have a child with an additional need or disability. This gives us a unique insight into the needs of the families and the children and young people. We have shared experiences with the families that we support and whilst we may not have a child with the same disability we do have first hand knowledge of the challenges our families face
How do we know it works?
We ask all sessional workers to complete observation sheets at the end of every session and we invite all children and young people to populate our feedback tree with their own thoughts on how the activity went.
Current families enjoying our programme