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The Encephalitis Society is once again hosting our Family Weekend, a special weekend away for families affected by Encephalitis. To be able to join us you can be either a family with a child or young person affected by Encephalitis or a family with a family member affected by Encephalitis.
Download your booking form here: 2015 Booking Form
We will be hosting the weekend at the Hollowford Centre in the Peak District (www.hollowford.org/hollowford).
The venue is ideally located to provide an outdoor activity programme and has good public transport. The rooms have en-suite facilities and the weekend is fully catered (specialist dietary requirements catered for).
There are activities for everyone and all abilities such as High Ropes, Zip Wire, Canoeing, Rock Climbing, Caving and importantly the Raft building competition! The instructors are highly qualified and have vast experience of working with youth groups and disabilities. Activities are run in such a way that encourages teamwork and will require young people to support and encourage each other, building confidence and friendships.
“the best thing was the children’s confidence, achieving activities they would never have thought possible”
Alternative indoor activities for children can be provided and we will have workshops for adults during the morning and adult outdoor activity groups in the afternoons. Staff and Volunteers from The Society will be on hand and we provide specialist childcare to help provide the chance for respite.
“My family has been able to share others experience of living through and with Encephalitis, it gives us a new understanding and appreciation of life”
Child places are absolutely FREE, however there is a cost for parents attending the weekend. The cost (£125/adult) covers 3 nights’ accommodation, all meals from supper on Friday night to breakfast on Monday morning and all activities. We can help source funding for families on low incomes.
“it has made a massive impact, we have had a proper break without worry and stress”
Due regard will be given to the variable needs of the children/young people attending and flexibility will be built into the programme.
Whilst we hope that all the children will take part in the activities there is no problem if parents want to take their own children off site to an alternative activity.
“Most beneficial meeting people who have been through similar experiences and spending quality time as a couple knowing James is being looked after”
In addition to the fun, we hope the weekend will give you an opportunity to discuss issues with other families who understand and in this way develop a mutual support network. We also hope that by providing child care and activities, parents and children alike will benefit from both having time together and apart. The children and young people will, it is also hoped, benefit from meeting each other and making new friends.
This event is very popular and we only have limited space therefore we recommend you get your booking form back to us as soon as possible, as places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Looking forward to it already!
The Encephalitis Society Team
“overall we had the most wonderful weekend, we’ve all made new friends and met with old ones, the kids have had the opportunity to do things they wouldn’t have done otherwise”