Camp Jojo gives 6-7 families with children with complex needs the opportunity to camp for 3 days over a weekend under canvas on a specially adapted campsite on Ivy Farm, East Mersea, in Essex, with whatever accessible equipment they require.
We provide trained volunteers committed to supporting each family to ensure the experience remains a holiday rather than an endurance event.
At Camp Jojo we pride ourselves on ensuring all activities are accessible to every family member : bushcraft activities, time round the fire and lots of outdoor fun, foraging, beach time, tomahawk throwing, feeding farm animals, campfires, tai chi, fire lighting, music, massage and much more.
Supported by Sally Phillips
Award-winning actor, writer, and comedian-presenter Sally Phillips is known for her roles in I’m Alan Partridge, Smack the Pony, Green Wing, and Miranda. She is also Clare, in Radio 4’s Sony Award-winning Clare in the Community, Shazzer in the Bridget Jones trilogy and currently hosts Sunday morning Live with Sean Fletcher.
In 2016 she fronted the documentary A World Without Down’s Syndrome? (BBC2), exploring the ethical implications of our national screening policy. It included part of her own story of parenting a son with Down’s Syndrome and won both the Radio Times Readers Awards and Sanford St Martin awards for the Best single documentary and was shown around the world.
Sally continues to be a vocal disability advocate and in 2020 took the role of Patron for Camp Jojo.
She says, “Going on holiday with children who have additional needs is a challenge at the best of times. How wonderful it is that Camp Jojo has made it possible for families of children with complex needs to get away and enjoy a traditional, family, camping holiday singing around the campfire, sleeping in tents, getting muddy, toasting marshmallows and eating baked beans.”