Oundle School Mencap Holidays (OSMH) has been providing residential holidays for children and young adults with a range of learning disabilities for over 30 years. Its team of seventy volunteer helpers, which fills Wyatt and Kirkeby houses for the first week of August, is made up of current sixth formers and OO undergraduates, led by a team of professionals in the field of special education and charitable governance.

The beneficiaries are not only the children, many of whom return year after year, but also their parents, who are able to enjoy a well-deserved break from full-time caring, secure in the knowledge that their children are in very safe hands and having the time of their lives. During the Summer Holiday, the children are looked after in small groups, with a more than one-to-one ratio of seemingly tireless ‘elder brothers and sisters’ accompanying them, intent on giving them the best experience possible. OSMH sets out to challenge preconceptions about disability, and the volunteers play a critical role in spreading this message far and wide.

OSMH is now an incorporated society and an independent charity in its own right. The leaders are its trustees and it is affiliated to national Mencap. It is fully recognised for its exemplary safety record and excellence in not only caring for the children, but also giving them an unforgettable and stimulating experience. 

This is arguably the strongest collective enterprise between the School and its OOs, and it has played an invaluable part in the careers of a large number of doctors and other health professionals, child psychologists and teachers in special needs education. Oundle School Mencap Holidays is recognised by national Mencap as a centre of excellence, where others wishing to enter the field can be trained.

Find Out more on the Oundle School Mencap Holiday website.