Highfield Highreach Holidays
Highfield Highreach Holidays is a small volunteer-run organisation that provides a week-long residential holiday for children and young adults, aged 8 -16 years old, with a range of learning difficulties, who may also have physical disabilities or medical conditions. It allows them to enjoy an incredible week full of memorable experiences in the safe environment of Highfield and Brookham Schools. It also provides crucial respite for the families of these children.
The organisation also accommodates those families who cannot afford the high price of many commercial respite care schemes. Costs are kept low by raising funds to cover more than 50% of the cost of the holidays, and because all of the staff are volunteers.
Highfield and Brookham is blessed to be set in 175 acres of glorious South Downs National Park and boasts wonderful facilities and academic success but, at the core of our school and, what makes our heart beat hardest, is the ethos and beliefs that makes us truly unique. We teach our pupils to ‘give back’, to be ‘outward looking’ and never is this more tangible than during our extraordinary Highfield Highreach Holiday.
As well as onsite activities such as swimming, bush craft, sensory play and art, the Highreach Holiday Makers enjoy several offsite trips such as Marwell Activity Centre in Winchester, Chessington World of Adventures and Littlehampton Beach. The children and young adults shatter preconceptions of disability in every way by completing a range of outdoor challenges. These included navigating a high ropes course, climbing wall and obstacle course.
The families and carers of the holiday makers have the opportunity to reset. They take time to do things that we may take for granted. For example, one set of parents went on holiday for the first time in 20 years, another took their other children to the cinema and out for dinner.
The feedback from volunteers is that the experience is truly inspirational, great fun and of course super for your CV.