Monday 23 September 2019

Summer fun at Blackrock camp

Olivia Ryan

The summer fun continued at Blackrock and Haggardstown Community Centre, for children taking part in the second annual camp recently.

A summer camp for children with autism was held from 6th-8th August in the Blackrock and Haggardstown Community Centre.

The programme was the brainchild of Mandy Free from BHCC and is part of a wider initiative that the Community Centre Committee are undertaking regarding services for the elderly and people with special needs.

It was attended by a group of 12 children from all over north Louth aged between four and six years.

Councillor Maria Doyle, who worked with children taking part in the initiative said: 'Unfortunately, children with special needs are often not able to attend summer camps.'

She added: 'We decided to run this camp so that parents would be confident that their children would be able to attend and have fun in a safe environment, with experienced teachers and Special Needs Assistants.'

'This was the second year of the camp and we were delighted that we were able to run the camp free-of-charge.

As a Primary Teacher currently working in Special Education, it was fantastic to have worked at the camp along with six other teachers and SNAs.

Orla Flynn from Realt na Mara did a great job organising the camp again this year.'

The camp is run by the Blackrock and Haggardstown Community Centre, and was sponsored are Councillor Maria Doyle, Supervalu, and Pelican Promotions.

Organisers of the programme also would like to thank Sinead Auld from Footprints Pre-School for kindly giving permission for her pre-school to be a base for the duration of the camp.

The Argus