Summer Club 2021

Brilliant success!

Our Summer Club 2021 ran for its usual 12 days at the beginning of the summer holidays.

Although it was a bit different this year as we spent more time outside due to Covid restrictions and the fact that our Dartington children and young people came to Exeter, it was still a great success with an exciting and varied programme that was enjoyed by all.

We hope you have enjoyed our first, post COVID Summer Club. Here are some highlight photographs from this year’s wonderful summer club’s activities. Keep scrolling down for

What happened!

Some facts and figures

  • 82 children and young people attended across the 12 days
  • 28 outings off site including visits to Powderham Castle, Mrs Snuggles Sensory Dome, Exeter Trampoline Academy, Linfield Farm and Ten Pin Bowling to name a few.  Our older age groups also had a meal and played pub games such as skittles at the Waie Inn.
  • 24 sessions held on site run by external entertainers such as Animal Encounters, Adventure Babies (sensory interactive stories), Incredible India Dance Workshops, Magic Carpet, Wheelchair Rugby with Exeter Chiefs and, as always, a disco and party games on the last day with Supersonic Sounds.  
  • In addition sessions were run by our staff which included using the hydro therapy pool, physio sessions, cooking, rural skills experiences and physical activities linked to our 2021 theme of the Olympics.

Wonderful feedback

The overwhelming gratitude and positive feedback that we received from children and young people and their parents/carers is very much appreciated by the team. So thank you to everyone who gave feedback, and here are some extracts:

“The Hollow Lane Club is important to my family…. It gives me a chance to spend quality time with my other children”

“Without Hollow Lane our summer holidays would be very difficult.  The Club allows *** to have a sense of routine in a familiar setting with familiar faces.  In addition *** can undertake experiences that may be difficult for us to partake as a family”

“It made the summer holidays easier on both parents and children”

“ The Hollow Lane Club is an amazing service providing much needed respite for our family.  The club has enabled parents to have a rest, go shopping, catch up on jobs which otherwise we cannot do”

“*** has thoroughly enjoyed the Club and all the activities.  It is enabled them to expand their social skills”

“The most important thing is that the Club continues to function as it is very important to us parents and greatly appreciated”

“The Hollow Lane Club where I know *** is going to be properly supported, cared for and enjoy a stimulating, productive, interesting session and be around other young people with similar issues where ***’s behaviour is not considered ‘weird’ or ‘odd’ means a great deal to me and them”

“Everyday was something different with lots of activities to keep all busy”

“Thank you Hollow Lane Club”

“Hollow Lane Club has given *** more connection with school, breaking down the long holiday and getting to know others they wouldn’t usually interact with”

“*** is happy as they get to spend time with their friends and the fantastic staff.  Without this club I wouldn’t be able to cope”

“Holidays are always very stressful so to have *** taken care of for 6 hours per day is life changing for us”

Massive thanks!

Thanks to the brilliant staff of The Hollow Lane Club. Plus Steve, Mary, Deb, Lisa and Louise and the Trustees who have worked hard throughout the past difficult eighteen months to bring Summer Club 2021!

And thanks to the children and young people for joining in. We hope to see you all again very soon.

The amazing Exeter Hollow Lane Club Team
The equally amazing Dartington Hall Hollow Lane Club Team

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