The Oratory Summer Holiday for Children with Special Needs – UK

Newman Holiday Trust

in partnership with: Newman Holiday Trust



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It is estimated there are over half a million children with special needs and disabilities living in poverty in the UK. The Newman Holiday Trust’s ‘London’ project will provide a seven day holiday for 20-22 children living in the Greater London Area at the Oratory School, Berkshire in August 2023.

Since forming in 1981, The Newman Holiday Trust has sought to fill the gap in the provision of stimulating holidays which cater for the diverse needs of children with disabilities who require the close attention of 24 hour one-to-one care. The holidays provide a vital opportunity for parents / carers and siblings to have a break from their caring responsibilities, often improving their mental health and family relationships as a result of this time to recharge.

Feedback gathered over a number of years shows that the holidays are considered to be a pivotal part of children’s developments, often precipitating or enabling step changes in confidence and independence. Rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted a previous inspector observed: “Disabled children and young people participate in a full range of opportunities, make informed choices and enjoy and achieve to their maximum potential…The holiday organisers and volunteers consistently and effectively challenge barriers to the full participation of children and young people in the wider society.”

Each holiday provides over 5,000 hours of combined care from 30 volunteers and is often the first time that children have been able to stay away from carers. A rigorous application process, seeks to identify children who would not otherwise receive a summer break due to a combination of high care needs and financial constraints. Each child receives a home visit, to meet the Holiday Organisers who will produce a care plan reflecting their sometimes complex needs and match them to a volunteer who will provide one-to-one support throughout the week.

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