SEN and disability groups
At SOLD, we believe that outdoor experiences can and should benefit any and every person, regardless of physical, mental or psychological needs. From training, planning and delivery, to equipment and building new facilities, inclusion is always front of mind in every aspect of our work.
We believe that the benefit of learning, developing and enjoying oneself in the outdoors are for everyone, no matter their needs. This is especially true for young people for whom opportunities for personal development are vital.
Our instructors have extensive experience in working with young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and disabilities in groups with mixed needs and abilities.
Bespoke Outdoor Experiences Programmes
So, you have decided to get out into the outdoors! That's fantastic. The natural environment offers positive benefits for everyone and we believe that everyone should have access to those benefits no matter their needs.
We will work closely with you to create a bespoke outdoor experience programme that meets the needs of your group and, most importantly, that is engaging, developmental, exhilarating and lots of fun!
Defining the aim of your group's visit is very important. As their leader we work with you to specify their learning outcomes you wish them to achieve during their visit. These could include:
- setting goals
- broaden horizons
- self awareness
Adaptive Capacity and Experience
We offer many different activities with adaptive capacity, thus enabling all visitors to participate and achieve their personal best. Our well-trained staff have extensive experience of working with groups with mixed needs and abilities. Take a look below at the adapted activities and facilities we have available for SEN young people and adults.
Further information about our inclusive activities for groups with additional needs can be downloaded here.
Pinnacle SEN cabin at High Ashurst is equipped with facilities that are especially designed for young people and adults with a range of higher need disabilities and special educational needs. This cabin offers flexible, yet very accessible and functional facilities which include:
- power-assisted internal and external doors
- flexible sleeping accommodation for 20 guests in four en-suite bedrooms containing a combination of bunks, single beds and electrically adjustable beds
- state-of-the-art electric ceiling hoisting system, allowing for seamless mobility from bedroom to bathroom
- adjustable height sinks and basins in the kitchen and bathrooms (wet rooms)
- en-suite bathrooms with wet area shower, separate bath and changing trolley, toilet and basin
As with all our deluxe log cabins, Pinnacle is fitted with a kitchenette, suitable for preparing hot drinks and refreshments, and a spacious lounge area. There is also a washing machine and drier, a lockable medicine fridge and cupboard. The lounge area may be used as a space in which to plan for the day ahead or to relax in comfort with friends after a day in the outdoors.
Take a virtual tour in Pinnacle LINK
Activities with Adaptive Capacity
We have various activities with adaptive capacity enabling all participants to participate, no matter their special educational needs or disabilities. Activities with adaptive capacity include:
- Climbing and Abseiling
- Team Tasks
- Woodland Skills
- Canoeing and Kayaking
- Angel Blue - our Canal Boat
We are lucky enough to host four specialist off-road wheelchairs designed by Equal Adventure. This equipment enables wheelchair users and participants with mobility needs to move easily across outdoor terrain at all our centres and beyond.
Kite Harnesses for Climbing and Abseiling
We provide specialist kite harnesses for climbing and abseiling at High Ashurst. Using this equipment, visitors with mobility needs can climb and abseil in a variety of different ways. For instance, they can choose to be hoisted by themselves, by the instructor or by others in their group, or they can climb assisted by one of our instructors.
The Angel Blue Canal Boat
The Angel Blue is our 65-foot canal boat. The Angel Blue is a wide-beam craft and was purpose-built to enable wheelchair users to undertake voyages on the canal ways. The boat is boarded via ramp and lift access and the specially widened passageway offers easy access to all parts of the craft. Take a virtual tour of Angel Blue.
3 days/2 nights for £114* per student
Residential trips are a wonderful opportunity for personal development, inspiring improved confidence, interpersonal skills and a better dynamic between students and teachers.
Woodland Residentials take place at High Ashurst, which is a majestic 56-acre site nestled in the heart of the Surrey Hills. With direct access to Headley Heath, this is an idyllic setting in which to learn and develop.
* Terms and conditions apply.