MEMBERS visited Camp Mohawk, near Wargrave, at the beginning of August to better understand the needs
MEMBERS visited Camp Mohawk, near Wargrave, at the beginning of August to better understand the needs of the charity and the work it does.
In the past the club has given funds which have provided percussion instruments designed for youngsters with special needs and other adventure equipment.
Chris Wilcox, centre manager, showed the Rotarians around, explaining the different activities available and the way that Mohawk is managed.
Camp Mohawk provides a “safe haven” with both indoor and outdoor facilities where children and young people with special needs and their families can enjoy playing in a safe, secure and understanding environment, which helps develop their emotional and social wellbeing.
The specially adapted spaces outside include swings and play equipment designed for youngsters with a variety of physical abilities, a heated splash pool accessible to even the youngest attendee, walks and a sensory garden with musical instruments built into the play space.
Indoors there are sensory rooms, an art room, a soft playroom and quiet rooms for those who need a short break from the fun.
Camp Mohawk has a management committee and the equivalent of 20 paid staff, although their employment is seasonal.
It also has strong links with Reading University’s psychology department from whom it receives experienced and understanding volunteer workers.