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Through the Roof 2017 > Family Holiday > Holiday for Families with an Autistic Child: 14-17 April 2014

Holiday for Families with an Autistic Child: 14-17 April 2014

Holiday for Families with an Autistic Child: 14-17 April 2014

(You can find out more about our 2015 Dalesdown holidays by following this link.)

Through the Roof operates a short holiday annually for families struggling with the demands of caring for an autistic child.

It takes place at Dalesdown, a purpose-built Christian centre based in large spacious grounds in the Sussex countryside, just south of Horsham. Nine families, each is provided with a one-to-one support helper for their autistic child, have a great few days relaxation, time together and 'time out'. The holiday has fully structured programme of activities, including outings, eg to the seaside and swimming pool, praise parties, adventure trail and puppet show. Families who often find it impossible to take a normal holiday appreciate our understanding and accepting attitude towards their children’s needs and behaviour. They also value the chance for fellowship with other parents in the same situation. Their comments include:

A group on the holiday playing a parachute game

 

“This holiday has provided me with the most stress-free time I can remember. Our one-to-one helper was absolutely superb. Without this help I would not have considered coming without my husband; with it the whole holiday felt like an extraordinary blessing from God to us.”

“Just to say how overwhelmed I have been this week by people’s kindness and generosity. The helpers’ good attitude made a big difference to how we felt and contributed to us coming home completely rested. We have really felt loved and cared for.”

Do you have an autistic child, or do you know someone who does? If so, we are taking bookings for 2014 now and would be pleased to hear from any family with children aged between 4 and 16 who would benefit from this break.

Adventure trailWe also need more one-to-one helpers. Their role is to get alongside the disabled young person and facilitate their participation so that parents and siblings may also have a break. The main requirements of helpers (who must be over 18, and will be DBS checked by us) are to have a caring heart and willingness to serve, plus (preferably) a Christian faith and an abundance of energy! Experience of autism is an advantage but is not essential – we hold a Helpers’ Training Day beforehand which they would need to attend. Helpers are invited to contribute £55 towards the cost of their food, accommodation and activities. This is a real opportunity to serve God in a practical way and every helper is blessed by the experience.

 

For more information and tariff details please contact: Margaret Bale, Administration Manager, Through the Roof on: 01372 737045 or email follow this link to email Margaret at Through the Roof. If you'd like to find out more about the holiday site, then please follow this link to visit Dalesdown's website

(You can find out more about our 2015 Dalesdown holidays by following this link.)