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These schemes provide a variety of free activities for children and young people with a range of individual needs, and their siblings and friends. They are also open to the wider community although priority is given to those with the greatest need.

 

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They usually operate in the school summer holidays and enable children to have fun, spend time with their friends and develop new skills and experiences. Many of the children enjoy joining in mainstream activities throughout the shire, but others find them difficult to access due to their particular conditions or needs (for example Autistic Spectrum Disorder or quadriplegia). At these schemes we put those specific needs first.

 

We run two schemes:

For children aged 2 to 11 years, at Ysgol Cedewain in Newtown. Activities include cooking, arts and crafts, drama, dance, music, sport, play park, free play, yard playing, with bikes and balls etc, plus activities in specialist areas such as a hydrotherapy pool and multi-sensory room. The venue is purpose-built to accommodate a wide range of individual needs, having hoists, large changing beds and showers etc.

For young people aged 10 to 19 years, also at Ysgol Cedewain in Newtown. Activities include computers, games, crafts, cooking, personal grooming, music, chilling out and trips to different places, such as Red Ridge Outdoor Activity Centre, Bowling, West Midlands Safari Park or Drayton Manor.

Recognising that children differ, there is flexibility about the age ranges, and Play Montgomeryshire is happy to help in the choice of the appropriate scheme.

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What parents have said about our inclusive schemes ...

“I found the whole thing impressive, all activities were on offer to both able-bodied and special needs; excellent, and I would like to book the boys in next year.”

 

“Without the scheme summer would be hell; our family would probably reach breaking point.”

 

“Our son had contact with other children during the holiday, whereas he probably wouldn’t have seen anybody as all his school friends live a long way from us.”

 

“Without this scheme my daughter would be at home for the whole of the summer as her disability is such that we are unable to do much unless provision is in place for her medication and chair.”

 

“The scheme is my saviour for the summer, and my child’s favourite part of the summer.”

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