Every year Phab provides a programme of challenging and exciting Inclusive Living Experience Residential Projects for around 110 children and young people at fully accessible outdoor activity centres in the Lake District and New Forest.
The children who spend a week or a weekend away with Phab have physical, learning or sensory disabilities, some have multiple or complex needs, and many are away from home for the first time. And a small number of children are not disabled but disadvantaged in some way, having perhaps experienced bereavement or neglect. Or they may be the brother or sister of one of the disabled children attending.
Around 90 very special Phab volunteers and carers support the children and young people in every way, helping them to make the most of all the exciting activities on offer alongside the Activity Centres’ own experienced staff.
Those activities can include canoeing, caving, archery, cycling, ropes course, climbing, zip wire, tube slide, whacky races, pottery and a trip to the seaside with fish and chips for supper, all finishing off with a great party.
This project gave Sarah time to grow and realise that being away from home is normal. So when she gets into her adulthood it won't be so scary
I enjoyed being away from my Mum and Dad. It made me feel grown up.
Elijah now carries out small tasks around the home and helps to tidy up. He is more helpful and independent
I have been very brave and helped others
And all along the children and young people build their self-esteem, confidence and independence, and learn new practical, social, communication and personal skills, whilst making friends and just having great fun together.
And one of our weekend holiday projects now welcomes parents along with their children, enabling families to have a break away, often for the first time. Fully supported by the Project Leader and volunteers, parents can share their experiences, support each other and enjoy seeing their children take on some amazing challenges.
If you would like to know more about Phab’s holiday projects or have any queries, please contact Rebecca Hargreaves on 01254 824787 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteering on the Phab Project was brilliant fun!