We would all like to say a massive thank you to Mencap for the £2,000 grant in supporting us have a very successful Hindleap residential this year.
With the grant we were able to have enough staff to support our children and pull in extra staff to manage a high ratio of staff to pupil for the residential visits to Hindleap, which was needed.
The grant meant that the costs of the staff being on the trip were not added to the families to keep costs down. Furthermore, we were able to support families financially to enable all pupils could access the trip.
Following the trip we have had some really positive feedback from the staff and pupils. The children got to do the obstacle course, attempt high ropes, archery, climbing wall, catching various creatures including many newts in the pond dipping before having hot chocolates and marshmallows around a campfire in the evening. The activities challenged our pupils in many ways and with the specialist staff and equipment, allowed all our children to access the activities. It also help develop their social communication skills, as they continued to share their excitement alongside their peers and key workers many hours after. Without the grant, our school simply would not have been able to make this visit happen.
From all of us at Hill Park, thank you soo much for your support!