Group of adults with learning disabilities banned from Butlins 'for intimidating families with young children'

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Group of adults with learning disabilities banned from Butlins 'for intimidating families with young children'

Post by Guest on Thu Jul 07, 2011 12:44 pm

Group of adults with learning disabilities banned from Butlins 'for intimidating families with young children'

A group of people with learning disabilities were left shocked after being turned away from their summer holiday and told their presence was 'intimidating' to families with young children'.

The party of 26 along with ten carers were planning a summer stay at Butlins Holiday Camp in Skegness as they have for the last 19 years.

But the group from Firth Park, Sheffield, have had their trip cancelled by camp bosses.

Butlins say the group of 26 people looked after by 10 carers has simply grown too large - and they would still be happy to take them in two batches.

But the mother of one of the club members says the issue has never been raised before and that for many of them it is their only chance of a holiday.

Christina Staniland, 86, said her 59-year-old son Gary, who has Down's Syndrome, has been on the trip for the last five years.

She said at her home in Longley, Sheffield : ‘It is the highlight of his year. They all have a lovely time and he can't wait to go. He wishes he could go every week.

‘This year everyone has paid their money and booked the coaches. When the club members were told they couldn't go this year they became very upset and some were crying.

‘Some of them never go on any other holiday and all they talk about from one week to the next is Butlins.

‘The managers told us they hadn't got enough staff and that people find the group intimidating, but I think it is a case of discrimination.’

Mrs Staniland said the claim was that children were intimidated, but last September when the group, organised by Sheffield Futures, went there were very few families with children on holiday.

She said: ‘The holiday is also important for the club members’ families - as a carer the week gives me a welcome break too.’

A spokeswoman for Butlins said the Skegness resort had welcomed groups of adults from the Milan Centre for many years.

She added: ‘The group size has been growing in recent years and has hit 36 this year. Our resorts are very family-focused and our terms and conditions specify that large adult-only groups are accepted at the resort director's discretion.

‘During term time we have large numbers of tots and toddlers on our family breaks and feedback from our guests shows that the children on these breaks often find large all-adult groups very intimidating.

‘This information combined with a growing group size from the Milan Centre means that we are unable to accept this group unless they come in two smaller groups on different breaks.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2012142/Group-learning-disabilities-banned-Butlins-intimidating-families-young-children.html#ixzz1RQHTEeD9

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Re: Group of adults with learning disabilities banned from Butlins 'for intimidating families with young children'

Post by victorismyhero on Thu Jul 07, 2011 8:51 pm

Seren wrote:Group of adults with learning disabilities banned from Butlins 'for intimidating families with young children'

A group of people with learning disabilities were left shocked after being turned away from their summer holiday and told their presence was 'intimidating' to families with young children'.

The party of 26 along with ten carers were planning a summer stay at Butlins Holiday Camp in Skegness as they have for the last 19 years.

But the group from Firth Park, Sheffield, have had their trip cancelled by camp bosses.

Butlins say the group of 26 people looked after by 10 carers has simply grown too large - and they would still be happy to take them in two batches.

But the mother of one of the club members says the issue has never been raised before and that for many of them it is their only chance of a holiday.

Christina Staniland, 86, said her 59-year-old son Gary, who has Down's Syndrome, has been on the trip for the last five years.

She said at her home in Longley, Sheffield : ‘It is the highlight of his year. They all have a lovely time and he can't wait to go. He wishes he could go every week.

‘This year everyone has paid their money and booked the coaches. When the club members were told they couldn't go this year they became very upset and some were crying.

‘Some of them never go on any other holiday and all they talk about from one week to the next is Butlins.

‘The managers told us they hadn't got enough staff and that people find the group intimidating, but I think it is a case of discrimination.’

Mrs Staniland said the claim was that children were intimidated, but last September when the group, organised by Sheffield Futures, went there were very few families with children on holiday.

She said: ‘The holiday is also important for the club members’ families - as a carer the week gives me a welcome break too.’

A spokeswoman for Butlins said the Skegness resort had welcomed groups of adults from the Milan Centre for many years.

She added: ‘The group size has been growing in recent years and has hit 36 this year. Our resorts are very family-focused and our terms and conditions specify that large adult-only groups are accepted at the resort director's discretion.

‘During term time we have large numbers of tots and toddlers on our family breaks and feedback from our guests shows that the children on these breaks often find large all-adult groups very intimidating.

‘This information combined with a growing group size from the Milan Centre means that we are unable to accept this group unless they come in two smaller groups on different breaks.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2012142/Group-learning-disabilities-banned-Butlins-intimidating-families-young-children.html#ixzz1RQHTEeD9

i think this is one of those cases where a mountain is being made out of a mole hill, whilst i can partially see the cause for upset from the point of view of the people concerned, i can also see the concern of the management, Children, especially very young children can find ANY large group of adults intimidating, and all the more so if those adults are disabled in an obvious and to the child scary way. I know a number of downs people and as an adult i know that in the main they are the nicest of people around, unfortunately they can be prone to being somewhat inappropriately and again to a child wierdly noisy. i know we should educate our children to accept this BUT firstly not everyone is able to let their child experience this kind of problem in a small controlled way so as to teach them its not bad, and secondly even if so shown, in a large group... affraid

The center has clearly stated it would be happy to accept them in two smaller spaced groups, and I see no reason that this should be a massive problem, the organisers will have to...well....organise....
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