Last month we had another successful Family Camp! Here's what one of the families who attended had to say:
"I can't remember the last time I felt so relaxed and reassured that my kids where in safe hands. Yes, they do go to camps with Edmund Rice, and I have the opportunity to have a break, but it is always on my mind, the kids and if they are safe. This gave me the opportunity to be as close as possible but able to be freed of the responsibility and it gave me an optimum level of relax and peace that I cannot get when they go alone. I really hope that you are able to run any more camps like this, it's perfect for parents who are nervous about leaving their children in others care, particularly immigrants and those who have experienced trauma and post-traumatic stress, such as myself. I hope that we may qualify to attend again, we get very little fun holidays, money is a big problem, and I haven't got family support so even if I could afford a holiday, it would be difficult for me to manage, enjoy, without support. I am so grateful, every single person who facilitated the camp was beyond delightful, how is it possible that so many young people could be so extraordinary in one space, designed to serve my family? I feel so blessed xxx"
Our volunteers also had an amazing experience.
"Love, trust and care is what it means to be family. Each participant and leader felt safe and supported to be the their true self; which made us feel as if we were part of one big Edmund Rice family. The guardians were given the opportunity to finally step back and focus on themselves for the one weekend, while they knew their children were in safe hands. Being able to bond with each other, and finding out they share common struggles and triumphs was a truly unique experience that they’ll probably never forget. Each individual on camp should be proud of the person they are and the impact they’ve had on each other’s lives."
"Wow! What an experience. Family Camps have a unique tendency to capture the both the hearts and minds of everyone involved, and this one was no exception. The superb administration provided by the PC’s and CC’s on this most recent camp created the ideal setting for personal growth and enjoyment. Loved it!"
Thank you to everyone who helped make the weekend so special!