Welcome to the website for Oundle School Mencap Holidays, or OSMH. OSMH is a small, volunteer-run charity which provides annual residential and camping holidays for children and young adults with learning difficulties. Every summer, we enjoy a fantastic week in the market town of Oundle, Northants, and a camping weekend in a field nearby.
We currently run two holidays. The Summer Holiday is a week long residential holiday for children and young people aged 8 -18 years old. This holiday is held at Oundle School, who generously give us the use of two of their boarding houses for the whole week. On-site we enjoy a range of activities from swimming to finger painting, trampolining to dressing up. Then there are also almost daily trips out to places such as the seaside, adventure parks or the zoo.
Our camping holiday, OSMH Outdoors, ran for the first time in 2012 and has grown in popularity ever since. It’s a long weekend for young adults aged 18 – 30, where we sleep under canvas and cook our own food, as well as enjoying a range of adventures off-site.
2017 Holiday Dates:
Summer Holiday: Saturday 29 July – Saturday 5 August
OSMH Outdoors: Friday 30 June – Monday 3 July and Friday 7 – Monday 10 July
Children and Campers
The children and young people who attend our holidays have a range of learning difficulties and may also have physical disabilities or medical conditions. We offer places to children whose challenging behaviour or specialist medical needs mean they may be excluded from other holidays. We also accommodate those who cannot afford the high price of many commercial respite care schemes. We keep our costs low by raising funds to cover more than 50% of the cost of the holidays, and because all of our staff are volunteers. For more information about applying for a place for your child, have a look at the Families page.
If there’s any information you want that you can’t find here, please use the contact details on the right to get in touch.
Take a look at the film of our brilliant ‘Under The Sea’ holiday in 2016 to get an idea about what we get up to!