The CCAA Family Support weekend’s are organised for the children and families that live with the effects of JIA. For over 25 years, CCAA have been organising weekends of fun activities for the kids and informative support sessions, led by Health Professionals, for the parents. Not only is the weekend a unique opportunity for your family to meet and share experiences with other families, the children meet others in similar situations, realising they are not alone and often leave with lasting friendships.
Our aim is to provide you with an insight into the treatment and management of JIA, so that at the end of the weekend you feel more informed about JIA. Through the activities and sessions we run your children will also leave with the confidence that despite the disease, they can achieve anything they put desire.
We run weekends in the UK to provide a wider support network for the children and families suffering with JIA, and each year they get bigger and better! Over the course of the weekend there are fun activities for the kids and informative support sessions run by Health Professionals and the CCAA volunteers, for the parents.
Why not come along to our next Family Support weekend and see what it’s all about for yourself! Book now to avoid disappointment as every year we have limited spaces available.
Applications are now being taken for our 2019 weekends. If you would like to book a place for your family just click below for our booking form.
You can book onto our 2019 weekends by clicking below
The parent sessions are run by Health Professionals. They aim to provide you with an insight into the treatment and management of JIA, so that at the end of the weekend you feel more informed about JIA.
The activities that the children take part in are designed to build confidence, encourage them to work together and problem solve, but above all else take on new challenges.
Not only is the weekend a perfect opportunity for your family to meet and share experiences with other families, the children meet others in similar situations, with lasting friendships often made.
Children with JIA, face so many challenges every day. Our main focus for the weekend is that the children have fun, make new friends and go home with a great big smile on their face.
The venue for the weekend is the Hollowford Centre, which is set on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Castleton, Derbyshire, in the heart of the Peak District National Park. The centre is owned by the Lindley Educational Trust.
Visit the Hollowford website for more information about location, directions and local amenities Telephone – 01433 620377
Mapping / navigation software only indicates the centre of the postcode area. S33 8WB is indicated as being approximately 700m NorthEast of the centre. Once in Castleton, Hollowford is sign posted from the 90 degree bend adjacent to the post office. Look out for the yellow CCAA flag at the entrance to the centre.
Watch our video about the Hollowford weekend
Your children will have access to a variety of activities during the weekend. The choices consist of, but are not limited to, zip wire, abseiling, climbing, adventure course, caving, hiking, low ropes, high ropes, archery, bushcraft and shelter building.
Your food is catered for the weekend, from Friday dinner through to Sunday lunchtime. The menu is varied and will include vegetarian options. Where specific dietary requirements have been specified on your booking form, these will be catered for. The dining room is run on a canteen style, but don’t worry you won’t be expected to do the washing up!
Throughout the weekend we will provide full board accommodation. All rooms are family rooms and each family will have their own room with a combination of single and bunk beds. Each room has it’s own bathroom with shower.
The Penguin Club is run for under 4’s that attend the weekend. Our committee members Sue and Natasha are nursery and school teachers, so your little ones are in great hands. The CCAA team take the children on woodland walks, play with the club toys, paint, draw and play games with them. They will have so much fun!
“Everything was my favourite. If you have JIA, you have to come, it’s amazing!”
“I have had so much fun and met some new friends, some have JIA too!”
“I love climbing! I want to join a climbing club when I get home mum!”
Hannah and her parents came along to our support weekend and whilst at the weekend, she took part in climbing and absolutely loved it! Hannah’s mum sent in some fantastic pictures of her at her new climbing club.
“Coming on one of your weekends I never realised what a difference it would make. Climbing is an activity that she had never done before and probably something that I would not have let her do due to her arthritis being particularly bad in her ankle.
“However, having learnt many things on the weekend, one thing I took away and promised ourselves we would stop doing is limiting Hannah from doing activities that she wants to try.
“Hannah is looking forward to going back this weekend for week 2 and is aiming to scale to the top of the green wall (mum looks away!) by the end of week 5!”
What an incredible achievement, keep on climbing Hannah!