Eight year old Joshua attended one of SSAFA's short breaks for children with additional needs and disabilities

Eight-year-old Joshua

Joshua attended one of SSAFA's short breaks for children with additional needs and disabilities

Eight-year-old Joshua

Joshua who has attention deficit disorder and autism, had an action packed summer at one of SSAFA's short breaks.

Joshua

Joshua did a lot of swimming, abseiling, climbing, shelter building and forest walking – but he never found the Gruffalo

Joshua was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder in 2010 and his since been diagnosed as being autistic.

His dad Fraser, who is in the Royal Military Police, tells us what going on our Additional Needs and Disabilities Short Break meant to Joshua and the rest of the family. “Joshua did a lot of swimming, abseiling, climbing, shelter building and forest walking – though he never saw or found the Gruffalo. He loved his time away and asked when we collected him if he could come again. We cannot praise the break enough.”

Joshua

It was a fantastic time for the family to recuperate and a win win situation for everyone

On the support Joshua received from SSAFA volunteers Fraser says: “Angie, the volunteer carer provided for Joshua did an amazing job looking after him. From being introduced to each other they formed a great relationship. We hope that her first experience as a volunteer will be the first of many and encourage her to return next year.”

Overall Fraser says: “It was a fantastic time for the family to recuperate and a win win situation for everyone. We have already recommended the breaks to friends and colleagues who have kids with special needs and disabilities and will keep on recommending the breaks even after the kids are too old to go, if we can benefit from a break such as this then everyone deserves one.”