During the April School holidays, Wilson Home Trust put on a variety of free activities for the children we support with physical disabilities.
A wide choice was made available starting with music sessions hosted by a qualified music therapist from the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre. Creative wall hangings by the always popular Art Adventure team who have a well-equipped studio located on the grounds of the Wilson Home. Local business, Little Cooks, had the children whipping up delicious smoothies and creating pizza toppings. We also had the all-inclusive dance tutors from Touch Compass Dance Company along to teach the children and their siblings how dance could be incorporated no matter what your disability.
Feedback from the holiday programme attendees was 100% positive. Our families often say how hard it is to find accessible activities that a child with a physical disability can attend alongside their siblings. Our holiday programmes offer our families wheelchair accessible venues, experienced activity providers and a safe place to relax, socialise, learn and enjoy in a fully inclusive environment.
Here is some of the feedback:
“A few more sessions if possible, would be awesome i.e. frequency maybe three days of each holiday week… These are so valued. And welcome both morning and afternoon sessions.”
“It was a great programme and I hope to be able to manage to attend next holidays as well”
We are currently planning the July school holiday programme and also extending our reach into South Auckland, so that we can offer services to our beneficiaries across the region.
Other programmes that we offer here at the Wilson Home Trust is Hydrotherapy sessions two afternoons a week. A trained physiotherapist runs these sessions and it’s great to see the physically disabled children progressing in the water from this therapy. All sessions are currently fully booked and we do have a short waiting list for this service so please contact us if you would like to add your child to this list.
We would like to thank two sponsors on the North Shore - The Taste Thai Restaurant in Belmont and the BlueSky Community Trust. Thanks also to our wonderful gardening volunteers who help keep our grounds looking beautiful.
For more information about our programmes and our grants scheme please visit our website www.wilsonhometrust.org.nz or contact the Trust Manager Carol White on 09 485 3463 or email Carolwhite@wilsonhometrust.org.nz.