Activities for MACS children & teenagers

Sailing adventure week

Each year we arrange a week long sailing adventure trip for MACS children and young people between the ages of 12 and 20. Through sailing, the young people learn teamwork, independence, communication, maths and nautical terms. They learn how to cook in a galley that’s sitting at a 50 degree angle! If they can do it there, they can do it at home.

'The difference in my child is astonishing; he went away as a timid boy scared to talk to anyone because of his eyesight and came back as a bubbly, outgoing person!'

As someone who has grown up with visual impairment, I know just how valuable this experience is. These voyages changed me completely, and sailing around Ireland in 2007 with a group of 16 other young people was a turning point in my life; this is what I hope the sailing voyages bring to MACS.
Robbie CrowChairman of MACS

We are currently planning our sailing trip for summer 2018 - stay tuned for more details!

Activity weekend / week trip

For those of you who prefer to stay on dry land we also arrange an annual adventure trip.

If you are aged between 10 to 18 years old join us for 5 days of adventure, challenges and no parents at the Caldecotte Xperience in Milton Keynes! You'll be able to get involved in lots of new and exciting activities and meet other children and young people with MACS conditions, plus their siblings and friends.

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to canoe across a lake, explore underground caves and tunnels, traverse across zip wires and climb, then abseil down an 8-metre wall?  If so, this is the week for you! 

I found out that I like heights and speed and I am not going to worry about something being too fast.
MACS young person, 2016

Our activity weekends are for children aged 5 to 10 years, plus one carer. They take place in the summer from Friday to Sunday and we are currently planning our next one.

I was brave. I enjoyed everything. I am not going to be afraid to try new things. I love my helpers.
MACS child, 2016

Your children will have fun, learn how to overcome their fears and face new challenges head on; improve their communication skills and make new friends; and come away with a better understanding of the needs of others.

Just seeing her do things that I never in my wildest dreams thought possible. Just seeing her confidence with others was amazing, she seems to feel more comfortable being herself when she is at MACS events, unlike when she’s at school or out in the community.
Parent of a MACS child, 2017