Cornwall Accessible Activity Programme
6 May 2015
Cornwall Accessible Activity Programme was awarded £1,500 in June 2013 from the Cornwall Glass Fund towards providing summer holiday activities for disabled children and their siblings.
CAAP are an organisation based in Newquay who provide access to activities for disabled children and young people, taking advantage of group discounts, sometimes subsidising activities to enable the children to participate in creating friendship groups, raising self-esteem and enhancing independence.
Over the long summer holidays, disabled children can become isolated and lonely. Often they are confused by the lack of structure and family life becomes difficult. This summer approximately 80 disabled children and their siblings benefited from the activities paid for by the award. The sessions included outdoor swimming, a visit to Dairyland, the beach and a day kayaking. The children were accompanied by their parents or carers, who enjoyed seeing them enjoying themselves. Their final activity was a celebration party at the end of the Summer.
Sandy Lawrence, Chair, commented ‘the money gave us a massive kick start enabling disabled children and young people to achieve things their parents did not think possible whilst also having fun. The siblings had both time away from their disabled brother or sister but also had fun family time. For the parents the money gave them a break from their caring responsibilities and an opportunity to give and receive support – all agreed it had been the most amazing summer. Without the funding we would not have been able to grow and we now support in excess of 200 families who have a disabled child in Cornwall’