The Children’s Holiday Camp Program is a unique respite program that sees high school and university students take on the responsibility for the care of children with special needs, allowing their families to have a valuable weekend off.
The three-day camps, hosted at high schools and universities around Australia, pair children with special needs with their student companions. Parents, siblings and carers are given valuable overnight respite.
The program began in 1998 with one camp in one Sydney school. Since then, it has expanded to 28 camps in 45 schools and five universities. In 2018, more than 650 children with special needs will have the opportunity to attend a Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp.
The most remarkable element of the Holiday Camp Program is the far-reaching effect it has on the student companions, staff, younger pupils, parent volunteers, families of the children with special needs and of course, the children themselves. The majority of people involved in the Holiday Camps Program go on to be advocates for the program through fundraising, awareness, new program development or volunteering are given love, support, training and the necessary tools to create a better life.
Sony Foundation is committed to expanding the camps further to enable more young people to participate in this life-changing program. It hosts fundraising events throughout the year to allow this to occur.
See below for a listing of this year’s Holiday Camps around Australia.