Special Needs Camp, 2018

What is Special Needs Camp?

Special Needs Camp has been providing a holiday for people with disabilities for nearly forty years.  It is a week-long camp at the beautiful Glan-yr-Afon campsite in Aberdaron, North Wales.  It is a special time, so much so that many people return year after year and feel it is the highlight of their summer!  We cater for anyone with a disability, whether a physical or learning disability, young or old.  Many of our campers attend churches or started coming to camp because they knew someone from the local church.  Special Needs Camp is a ministry and therefore we are keen to have campers join us from all backgrounds, both within and outside of the church community.

Who runs the camp and who are the staff?

The camp is run entirely by volunteers who give up their time to provide a great holiday for the campers and a week of respite for carers.  There is committee which organises camp and a team of carers, kitchen staff, medical staff, activities coordinators, site maintenance staff and the worship team, all of whom are essential to the running of camp.  Many of our staff work in or plan to enter a caring profession, and camp provides valuable experience and the opportunity to develop new skills.

What happens at camp?

There is a full programme consisting of activities (e.g. arts & crafts, sports day, bowling, day trips, visits to the local village & beaches etc) and daily worships for all campers and staff.  Vegetarian meals are provided.  The highlight of the week is the banquet and concert which gives everyone the opportunity to dress up and display their talents for everyone’s entertainment.

I have no experience – can I still be part of the team?

We welcome new staff members at camp regardless of any previous experience and are happy to discuss which roles would best suit your skills and interests.  We particularly need carers, and information and training will be provided prior to camp.  There is also a team of longstanding staff who are there to provide help and guidance with any difficulties you encounter, so you will be well supported.  All we ask is that you commit to ensuring that our campers have a safe and enjoyable holiday.  Transport can be provided or arranged, and travel expenses reimbursed for those travelling from other areas.

How much does it cost?

There is a subsidised rate of £225 for campers which includes all transport, food, accommodation and activities.  As our staff are all volunteers there is no charge for attending camp as a member of staff.

How do I apply or refer a camper?

Please see the website http://www.specialneedscamp.co.uk for more information and applications forms or email

You can also call Joy on +44 1923 461 044 for more information, to discuss coming to camp or referring a camper.