ChAPS Holiday Club for Children With Autism

Over 40 children with autism enjoyed fun and games at a summer Holiday Club run by the Cheshire Autism Practical Support (ChAPS) charity.

ChAPS put on four sessions, lasting for a full day, during the holidays at the Pettypool Trust in Sandiway in Northwich – and no technology was allowed.

A range of activities included indoor games and craft workshops, Lego Therapy, drama workshops, gym and sports, treasure hunts, bug hunts and slime making.

“We put on range of activities during the summer break, and the Holiday Club was certainly one of the most popular with 43 children attending,” says ChAPS Managing Director Jo Garner.

“The outdoor facilities and the forest setting was absolutely fantastic, helped by all technology being banned, so no phones or iPads allowed.

“Not only was it a great opportunity for the children to enjoy themselves, but also to spend some quality time with their siblings who were also able to attend the sessions.”

One parent thanked ChAPS for “allowing my son to be accepted and for my family to be a family again”.

Another added: “It’s been so nice to see the smiles of my children after a day with you all.”

ChAPS helps anyone who is on the autism spectrum. One of its goals is to ‘support and educate parents to help your child be the best that they can be.’

The charity’s Facebook page offers a source of advice and guidance to those in need, and a membership scheme with a monthly fee of just £10 per family has brought 20,000 people into contact with ChAPS.

One huge and innovative success has been the introduction of an Attention Card in collaboration with Cheshire Police and Merseyside Police. The card is carried by people who are on the Autism spectrum, and it can alert others to their condition in the event of a difficult situation or an emergency.

ChAPS offer a range of activities for people of all ages who are on the Autism spectrum (with or without diagnosis). To find out more visit the website, call 0344 850 8607 or email info@cheshireautism.org.uk.