Project information

Once Upon a Holiday ....

This is a residential weekend for AAC users to come together and share experiences of life. The theme of Once Upon A Holiday will encourage AAC users to talk and write about real or imaginary holidays they would like to have or have had. Family members and carers also join in the fun.

July 2013 - July 2013

Charity information

1Voice - Communicating Together

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  • Need


    Non-verbal communication can be a challenge to learn. Not only do some children have to learn the basics of human communication without the use of a voice, but also a complicated, highly technical machine. Some non-verbal people have not achieved reading skills, and words are presented in pictorial or symbol format. Called Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), we aim to reduce the difficulties of learning such a system.


    The activities during the weekend will encourage the use of each individual's language skills, both receptive and expressive. By working together, they will create stories to be shared. There is nothing more rewarding than being able to tell your family and friends your hopes, dreams and ideas.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To show young and inexperienced AAC users that they can be successful communicators.


    » Invite AAC users to give their own presentation on anything they'd like to talk about, by using their communication system(s).

    AAC users will meet and talk with Role Models. Role Models are young people and adults who are accomplished communicators with their AAC communication systems

    Aim 2

    Encourage meaningful expressive language and communication, with the help of story scripts.


    » By using their AAC communication systems, users will interact and build stories based on the theme 'Once Upon A Holiday'.

    AAC users will attend story telling activities around the theme. Social scripts will guide users to contribute to the stories. Stories will be read and shared at the end.

    Aim 3

    Bringing AAC users together in a social setting, promotes self confidence and wellbeing.


    » Throughout the residential weekend, opportunities exist to sit and chat together. Sometimes this is the only time AAC users meet each other.

    The social setting of this weekend is often the only time one AAC user sees/meets another. They often feel isolated in their home settings. The evening disco is a favourite.

  • Impact


    AAC users go away confident in their abilities to communicate effectively. Often demonstrated in feedback that a user has been active in social media websites, blogged or been out in their local community to give a presentation. Due to the long term nature of learning not just talking, but all forms of language, in a non-verbal way, success is ongoing.


    Lack of attendance could be a problem. Some families come from a great distance. We provide free places to the AAC user and one Personal Assistant to help minimise the cost. All other attendees (family members or 2nd personal assistants) pay a reduced rate.


    A report about one month after the event concludes will be published, including feedback from attendees on the success of 'Once Upon A Holiday'

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £11,250 Residential cost booking Hayes Conference Centre for minimum of 73 attendees
      £625 admin/travel administration/travel expenses for volunteers/printing costs
      £625 entertainment DJ/art & craft supplies/Certificate of Attendance
  • Background


    This residential weekend is being held at the Hayes Conference Centre near Derby. The location offers accessibility for a large number of attendees needing extra room, special bedrooms and showering arrangements. It is also the most central to AAC users that come from all over the country.


    Our project benefits people with disabilities, families of people with disabilities, non-verbal communicators, children and young people. These Alternative and Augmentative Communicators gain skills and experience that they take back to their communities and schools. They gain confidence to use their communication methods and systems with everyone.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    1Voice - Communicating Together is the only user based charity committed to supporting the education and development of children and young people with communication difficulties.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Helen Dixon

    Helen is a Trustee and Branch Officer. She has been integral in developing past residential events and brings a wealth of knowledge.

    Megan Hughes

    Megan is one of our newest Trustees and is working closely with volunteers and developing the activities for the weekend.


    All five current Trustees are integral to the planning and running of the weekend. Until recently, much was done by a Branches and Events staff.

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