Pictured left to right: Matthew Cockerill and Sam Beresford

Pictured left to right: Matthew Cockerill and Sam Beresford

A group of 10 young people, with a range of disabilities, recently enjoyed a short break at Macaroni Wood in Gloucestershire, run by national disability charity Sense.

The holidaymakers, with the help of team leaders and volunteers, crammed the week with fun filled activities including; a bouncy castle, walks in the wood, cooking classes, musical sessions and a visit from a travelling zoo.

Sense short breaks and holidays offer people who are deafblind, have sensory impairments or complex needs, the chance to get away from it all and try a range of activities with the help of experienced Sense leaders and volunteers. They also give a much-needed break to families who support the individual.

The charity is now calling for volunteers to join its 2017 holiday programme, with the next breaks taking place in February.

Head of Volunteering at Sense, Eleanor Coker said:

“Our personalised approach to planning holidays means that we can support people to do what they want to do – however simple or complex this may be.

“Our volunteers are a vital part of what we do and without them we could not provide these breaks, which make such a huge difference to the lives of the people we support, and their families. If you want to do something really rewarding in 2017 we would love to hear from you.”

Sense, which has over 40 years’ experience arranging holidays, is looking for more volunteers for 2017. Applicants don’t necessarily need any special skills or experience to apply as training is provided. The charity is also interested in hearing from people with experience of caring for others (could be their own children or a relative or in a paid capacity) or people with sign language skills.

Accommodation, food and activity costs are covered by Sense and training is provided for all volunteers prior to them getting involved with holiday activities.

If you would like to get involved, visit www.sense.org.uk/content/volunteering-sense-holiday. Alternatively, call 0300 330 9250, text-phone 0300 330 9252 or email holidays@sense.org.uk.