Number of Participants: 2 – 50
Self Run Possibility: On some activities
HOAC offer a range of activities suitable for a variety of special needs. We aim to promote education, personal development, rehabilitation and integration in a fun and active environment. As every group has different abilities and requirements programmes are generally custom built to meet the needs of the group, most of the activities that HOAC has to offer can be adapted to ensure that all aims and objectives are fulfilled. Visits can be arranged for groups of any age, for half day, full day or over a number of weeks. It is recommended that you contact the centre so we can discuss your group’s particular needs.
Our instructors are trained to work with groups of all abilities. Some of the instructors are very experienced in working with special needs groups and hold the following awards; BSL Level 1, Level 1 & 2 in Managing Challenging Behaviour and RYA Sailability Disability Awareness.
Groups with Challenging Behaviour
There is substantial evidence that outdoor adventure programmes impact positively on young people’s attitudes, beliefs and self-perception. HOAC has been working closely with groups and organisations to provide activities that meet the aims and aspirations of a wide range of groups.
We can develop and design bespoke programmes to meet the needs of each individual group. Activities can be used to promote and develop young people in the following areas:
- Develop personal and social skills
- Present pupils with challenging opportunities
- Develop the capacity to learn from experience
- To challenge pupils behaviour, explore choices, decision making and consequences
- Present opportunities to take on and learn about responsibility
- Encourage pupils to respect and value themselves, as well as other people and the enironment
Learning / Behavioural / Emotional Issues
HOAC has experience with groups who have behavioural and emotional issues and offer a range of activities that help them achieve targets outside the classroom. The programme helps to develop vital social skills for everyday life building self-confidence, independence, and communication skills.
For groups with all types of physical disabilities we have a range of activities that can be adapted without compromising safety.
We have a hoist to enable those in wheelchairs to participate in the following activities:-
- Bell Boats / Kata Kanu
We also have 2 purpose built off-road wheelchairs for those able to leave their own chair, enabling easier access to the woodland areas of the site.
Wheelchairs & Boma Karts
As well as having two hi-tech off-road wheelchairs available, HOAC now has two boma electric karts which are specifically designed to enable those with mobility problems to access all of HOAC. They are registered as disabled wheelchairs and have all all the relevant safety features. They have joystick controls and the supervisor can control the speed and also stop the kart remotely. These karts provide a terrific opportunity for those who would normally be confirmed to level tarmac pathways and cam be a source of great fun.
They must be supervised by a competent adult such as a teacher, parent or classroom assistant. The designated supervisor will need to arrange the visit the centre for a familiarisation briefing prior to the visit, for which there is no charge.
We have now run a number of successful training and GCSE assessment courses in Kayaking, Canoeing and Sailing. Most schools bring PE students who have never tried the sport before, and the course will take students from complete beginners and teach them the basic skills needed to be able to sail or paddle the craft in confidence around the lake.With assistance from school staff HOAC Instructors conduct the assessments and award the marks or grades, which count towards their GCSE grading.These programmes have proved very popular with Special Needs groups working towards NGB Awards and GCSE Grades
Programmes are usually spread over six weeks of two-hour sessions. Some activities take longer dependant on student’s previous knowledge or learning abilities. For further information please contact the Centre on 01895 824171