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Felix’ Story

July 28, 2020

Felix came along to a Cahoots camp these school holidays, as well as attending our social recreation program. He is a young man who faces exceptional challenges but has an amazing imagination. These school holidays he joined us as we did science experiments, painted sneakers, went to bounce and the best part was that he got to hang out with his camp friends for 5 whole days in a row.

His Mum says that, “Felix is so resistant to go out generally but when he is in a group and interacts with people similar to him he gets involved in new activities. He is in a mainstream school but doesn’t have friends because he can’t make a proper relationship, but in Cahoots he can find peers, people who don’t judge. Without camp, he has no experiences exercise and no interactions.

I definitely recommend getting involved in Cahoots. Some kids on spectrum might find it challenging, but I recommend it because it provides new experiences for the participant and respite for the parents. It also gives the child an extension and the chance to interact with children who are similar.

If you are considering supporting Cahoots financially  or using their services, I suggest that you do. I have NDIS funding and am self-managed, but I think it’s important for those who don’t have NDIS funding and need it for their child are able to build relationships and to become more independent from their parents. Sometimes the parents do too much for their kids, but the volunteers at Cahoots volunteers give them space to help the kids step out of their comfort zone. They can’t stay at home forever. Sometimes they need to be away from parents to establish independent relationships with support, which is the most important thing. 

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Help us, help others

No matter how small, your contribution goes towards helping Cahoots lower the costs for families using our services. Whilst we are NDIS funded, there is often a shortfall between the funding and the cost of our activities, so your donations mean families can still send their loved ones to our camps and programs.

For many, Cahoots is a life changing experience for both the participants who grow, learn and enjoy themselves, but it also provides respite to parents and families from the demands of full time care. Anything you can spare is greatly appreciated.