This weekend a group of eight young people with a high level of special needs and disabilities enjoyed a fantastic activity weekend in the countryside with Wac Arts Oasis!
The young people were taken in our new minibus to Stubbers Adventure Centre in Essex for two days of fun and independence. The journey on the new bus was a treat in itself, complete with air conditioning and sound system playing all the way! Once there, we were able to go sailing, grass sledging – very muddy! – and out onto the high ropes course. Taking full advantage of the specialist facilities and opportunities on offer, we also went power boating on the lake, where everyone got to drive and steer the boats – very exciting!
Stubbers is a wonderful place to visit as it enables everyone to have fun even in bad weather and we made full use of the indoor climbing wall when it rained. Then, to round off a full and busy first day, Wac Arts staff arranged evening entertainment for Saturday night, which is always enjoyable whether it’s karaoke, storytelling or a disco!
Due to the very high needs nature of this group, there is a high ratio of staff to young people. This enables a full self-catering experience, which includes assisting with menu planning, shopping, cooking and serving. Independent living skills are a crucial part of the Oasis programme which aims to raise self esteem and foster a creative and positive environment. This weekend we made our own pizzas with everyone (staff included!) trying very hard not to eat the toppings before they made it to the pizzas!
While their families enjoy a welcome respite break at home, Oasis provides a safe and secure setting that allows young people with even severe disabilities to participate in activities that push their personal boundaries as well as being incredible fun for everyone!
Returning home on Sunday evening with memories to savour, families are reunited with stories to tell and looking forward to their next trip away in the countryside!