We already provide Benjamin’s parents with respite support and saw this as an opportunity to support Benjamin to develop the skills needed to achieve his dream of travelling abroad.
In the build up to his holiday, we worked with Benjamin and his family to create a bespoke support plan filled with activities and trips that would engage him and enable him to increase his confidence visiting new places.
Since visiting Disneyland Paris with his family when he was young, Paris has always held special memories for Benjamin, and when he was given the choice of where he wanted to go on holiday it was an easy decision.
Staff worked closely with Benjamin’s family and supported Benjamin to prepare for his trip by organising hotel breaks to help him get used to staying somewhere unfamiliar, an experience Benjamin loved.
Benjamin had a trip of a lifetime, as well as exploring Disneyland Paris he had the chance to take in some of Paris’s famous architecture including the Louvre, Eiffel Tower and, his favourite place of all, Notre Dame.
This wasn’t just a holiday for Benjamin, it was a rite of passage and another step towards independence.