Job Vacancies at Bendrigg

Job Vacancies – October 2021

4 job vacancies currently available

Our Charity may be small but we make a big impact on the lives of around 3000 disabled people every year through our inclusive adventure residential trips and we’d love for you to be part of our team.

Here at Bendrigg we promote a healthy work life balance and pride ourselves on taking care of our people. We are an equal opportunities employer and would particularly encourage applications from minority groups and/or people of any ability.

For an application pack for any of the roles outlined below please email

Bookings Co-ordinator – (£20,672 – £23,672 per annum FTE)

We are looking to replace our current Bookings Co-ordinator when she retires in 2022. We therefore have a vacancy and would consider both full and part time applications with successful applicants starting in January 2022. The successful candidate will work alongside our outgoing Bookings Co-ordinator for a period of time to ensure adequate hand-over.

Closing date for applications: 9am Monday 22nd November 2021.

Candidates will be asked to attend an interview with a date to be confirmed in late November/early December.

Anticipated start date: 1st January 2022


Activities Manager – (£30,168 – £32,168 per annum)

Bendrigg Trust is in a key transition phase as we recover from the impact of the pandemic and the Activities Manager will play a key part in this. We are entering an exciting period of development and we are now seeking an inspirational leader to oversee the team of highly skilled and experienced tutors and to drive forwards Bendrigg’s mission.

The Activities Manager’s position is an integral part of our operations as they are instrumental in the planning and management of the activity delivery at the Centre.

This opportunity is ideal for someone who is ambitious, energetic, enthusiastic and wanting to take the next step in their career.

The post holder is directly responsible to the Centre Director.


Closing date: Friday 12th November at midday.

Interviews to be held: Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th November 2021 (please note: candidates will be required to attend both days)

Anticipated start date: 4th January 2022

Seasonal Tutor – (£19,208 – £23,208 per annum, pro rata)

We are looking to rebuild our staff team as we move out of the pandemic. We have a vacancy for a Seasonal Tutor starting in January 2022. The successful candidate will have previous experience at outdoor centres and have a range of NGB qualifications. Experience of working with disabled people and minibus driving will be a significant advantage.

Closing date: Friday 12th November at midday.

Interviews to be held: Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th November (please note: candidates will be required to attend both days which will include activity sessions, site tour and formal interview)

Anticipated start date: 5th January 2022


Outdoor Activities Instructor Apprentice – (£768.62pcm)

Level 3 Outdoor Activity Instructor Apprentice

Monday 24th January 2022 to Friday 27th January 2023

Bendrigg is partnering up with Channel Training to provide this one year apprentice scheme. Please see:

This is a one-year scheme for people of any age wanting to gain skills, qualifications and experience working in the outdoors with people with disabilities. Apprentices will be inducted and trained to work with Bendrigg groups and will work towards the Level 3 Outdoor Activity Instructor Apprenticeship. Experience of working with disabled people and a driving licence (held for at least 12 months) will be an advantage.


Holidays: Holiday entitlement will accrue at a rate of 2½ working days per month (30 days + bank holidays per year).

Training: Channel Training, an external training provider, will provide training and support towards the Level 3 Outdoor Activity Instructor Apprenticeship. Further appropriate in-house and external training opportunities will be available through consultation with the Trainee Coordinator at Bendrigg Trust.

Subsistence: Food, drinks and refreshments are provided

Accommodation: Will be available in the trainee accommodation block if required. (£100 per month will be deducted at source for accommodation)

Closing date: Friday 26th November at midday.

Interviews to be held: Monday 6th or Tuesday 7th December

Contract dates: 24th January 2021 to 27th January 2023

The Big Give Christmas Challenge

The Bendrigg Trust Big Give Christmas Challenge 2021

Help us raise £30k in just 7 days to enable more disabled people to have life changing adventures!

Bendrigg Trust is a specialist outdoor education centre based in Kendal Cumbria. We enable people of all abilities to take part in adventure activities such as Climbing, Caving, Canoeing, Cycling and more! It is no exaggeration to say that for many of our visitors, they have never had the opportunity to try these activities before, let alone together with their friends and family, in such an inclusive way.

In 2021 we have worked hard to be there for our visitors in the aftermath of the pandemic…

Many of our visitors faced the toughest times they had ever faced throughout the pandemic. The Office for National Statistics gathered data relating to the social impacts of coronavirus on disabled people in Great Britain and it paints a distressing picture. The figures show that disabled people continue to be disproportionately impacted by the pandemic in comparison to non disabled people. With the most mentioned ways of life that disabled people were affected being Wellbeing (65%) and Lack of Freedom and Independence (62%).

How does Bendrigg help to tackle these challenges?

Through our residential courses, we provide people of all abilities, disabilities and complex needs, with the opportunity to have amazing adventures, which can be truly life changing. The vast majority of our visitors in 2021 reported a considerable change in their confidence and self-esteem, a greater feeling of independence and inclusion and improved physical and/or mental wellbeing proving that our services really are making a positive difference to disabled peoples lives and tackling the challenges they are facing right now.

The feedback from our visitors also really brings to life the difference that our services make to their lives.

“From the moment we arrived to the minute we left, we had the most amazing time”

“We love coming to Bendrigg it’s a place that allows my son, in his words, to feel free. He enjoys all the activities and every activity is accessible no matter the ability of the child or adult.”

“The most accessible place we have ever been and the most inclusive. It’s amazing. Keep doing what you do here it makes such a difference to young people lives.”

“This was my first real social/activity exposure since lockdown! Requiring self-direction gave a feeling of being more able.”

Why do Bendrigg need funding?

In order to keep our specialist services running, we have to fundraise around £350,000 per year however in 2021 we have had to raise £530,000 to cover the costs of getting the centre back up and running again after having a prolonged time with very little income as a result of the pandemic. That’s for everything from funding specialist equipment such as caving and climbing gear, minibus funding so we can take our groups off caving and canoeing and all-important funding to retain our incredible staff team so that we can continue offering these life changing opportunities to our visitors.

Vitally though, funding is also needed for sponsorship and to subsidise the cost of our courses for our visitors – many of whom wouldn’t be able to visit without this additional support.

“Fantastic funding from Bendrigg. My son has been withdrawn and anxious over the past year but this has really boosted his confidence again. It’s been lovely A* all around, thank you. Without the funding we really would have struggled to find the money to come and therefore we’re really grateful for everyone raising funds.”

Donate during the Big Give Christmas Challenge to see your donation DOUBLED!

As the demand for our services grows, we need to raise more funds to support the Bendrigg Subsidy. That’s why we have gone big in our target for this year’s Christmas Challenge and are trying to raise a whopping £30,000!

During the Big Give Christmas Challenge week (midday Tuesday 30th November – midday Tuesday 7th December) If you donate to Bendrigg Trust via this link during the challenge your donation will be DOUBLED! That’s right… DOUBLED!

We really need your support to reach our target, so that we can enable even more people with disabilities to have life changing adventures, helping to improve their confidence, wellbeing and give them greater independence.

How Can I Support Your Campaign?

To hit our £30,000 target we really do need your support. There are loads of ways you can get involved with supporting the campaign. The simplest way is by making a donation, you can do this when the challenge begins at midday on Tuesday 30th November – we’ll post the link you’ll need to donate here and share it on our social media channels too!

You could go the extra mile this year and support the campaign by hosting your own fundraiser, collecting the proceeds and then donating them during the campaign to make sure they are DOUBLED!

This year we’re doing a “Friends – I’ll be there for you” theme to show our supporters how we’ve been there for our visitors this year and also to say a big thank you to all of those who have been there for us too.

We have lots of great ideas for “Friends themed” fundraisers for you from asking your colleagues to skip their coffee and donating the cost to doing a run dressed as a chick or a duck. You could have a friends themed dinner party serving Grandma’s Chicken Salad or PIVOT ’til your hearts content in a dance challenge… could we BE any more creative?! Check out all of our fundraising ideas here.

Don’t forget to get in touch with Martha & Sarah to let them know How You Doin’ and tell them all about your fundraiser so that we can give you a shout out during the challenge week.

Want to know more about how The Big Give Christmas Challenge work? Watch this short video

Thank You For Being There For Us…

We’d like to say a HUGE thank you to all of our amazing pledgers and our Big Give Charity Champion – The Monday Charitable Trust for their incredible support. Together they have contributed the £15,000 match funding pot which will be used to double your donations!