Project information

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Weekend retreat on the 19 th January for 80 children & young adults aged 4-35 who suffer from physical, mental & emotional disabilities. The project is planned to take place in Rookesbury Events in Wickham,Fareham.

Friday until Sunday

Charity information: Shabaton L'menucha Trust

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  • Need


    The children and young people we work with suffer from physical, mental and emotional disabilities, such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, emotional issues and disabilities on the autistic spectrum. Many of the children suffer from chronic pain and have ongoing difficulties in managing the most basic tasks. Talking, walking or basic self-care are all a struggle. Some are unaware of their surroundings and feel very isolated.


    As part of the weekend retreat, there will be a wide variety of special activities to give the disabled participants opportunities to develop their gross & fine motor skills and social & independent living skills. The interaction of volunteers with users, will develop mutually positive and lasting relationships, improving social and communication skills, continuing long after the project.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To enable disabled children to be more active and physically mobile


    » There will be football, swimming, athletics, a jumping castle and dancing opportunities which will improve participants' health and fitness.
    » Role plays and discussions on the merits and ingredients of having a healthy lifestyle despite users' limitations.

    They will be asked via questionnaires how much fitter they feel and how motivated they are to improve their eating habits, how much more exercise they are taking.

    Aim 2

    To enable disabled children to develop stronger, more positive and affirming relationships.


    » The interaction of 80 volunteers with users, will develop mutually positive and lasting relationships.

    We will ask users, how they feel about trusting adults and others in their lives and how the relationships they formed at the sleep-away will improve their day to day living.

    Aim 3

    To empower disabled children to have a positive sense of who they are and what they can achieve.


    » There will be a wide range of different activities such as singing, music making, dancing, arts and crafts & drama, to discover their skills.

    They will be asked how they feel about themselves and their capabilities at the start and at the end of the project.

  • Impact


    The range and quantity of activities, including drama, role plays, music and dancing, and the interaction of volunteers with users, will develop mutually positive and lasting relationships, improving social and communication skills, continuing long after the project. This, together with opportunities to relate to others and make new friends, will help users overcome loneliness and provide alternatives to disruptive and harmful activities.


    The children & young people might be homesick. We will work in close coordination with parents/carers. If this challenge arises, we will phone the parents/carers, and the young people will talk to them. We will also show the young people previously prepared pictures of their family. In extreme cases, we will arrange for the young person to be taken home. Arrangements will be made for pre-holiday introductions and getting to know the child's needs.


    We will send a report regarding the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £21,650

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,500 Hotel Accommodation
      £3,500 Food Food & Catering
      £800 Publicity 4 Adverts
      £2,000 Travel 2 coaches there & back
      £1,000 Admin 100 hours x 10/ph
      £550 Jumping Castle Jumping Castle & Swimming Pool hire
      £300 Insurance Insurance & Security
      £1,000 Carers Trained Doctor on site & special trained carers
  • Background


    The project will take place in the Mansions Lions Hotel in Eastbourne, Sussex.


    80 children & young adults aged 4-35, who suffer from moderate to severe physical, mental & emotional disabilities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have arranged many successful weekend retreats in the past for disabled children and young adults. Based on the feedback we received, they were very popular as well as providing important outcomes that otherwise would not have happened. In addition, we have a very positive reputation and track record in the community for delivering these projects where the disabled children have reported that they feel nurtured and safe.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mr Shimon Wosner

    Safeguarding children & young people Officer

    Mr Elimelech Feldman

    Volunteer Coordinator

    Mr Shmuel Yosef Rechnitzer

    Project Coordinator