Wellbeing Weekend

Wellbeing Weekend At Bendrigg Trust

Bendrigg Trust are teaming up with Mind Over Mountains, to bring you a very special Wellbeing Weekend. It’s going to be the ultimate fusion of outdoor adventures and wellbeing activities to help inspire, boost self-confidence and build self-help skills to sustain good mental health.

The King’s Fund published a report showing that physical health problems significantly increase the risk of poor mental health, and vice versa.

More than 4 million people in England with a long-term physical health condition also have mental health problems, and many of them experience significantly poorer health outcomes and reduced quality of life as a result.”

The King’s Fund.

Overlap between long-term conditions and mental health problems in England

Wellbeing Weekend
The Kings Fund Report

Source: Naylor C, Parsonage M, McDaid D, Knapp M, Fossey M, Galea A (2012). Report. Long-term conditions and mental health. The cost of co- morbidities The King’s Fund and Centre for Mental Health

With the Covid-19 pandemic forcing us into lockdown and vulnerable people to shield for months on end, we know that now more than ever, learning to take good care of our mental and physical health is of huge importance.

The Wellbeing Weekend has been designed as a “jump-start” to rebuild people’s physical and mental strength and aims to give people the tools needed to continue building on this when they return home.

Teaming up with mental health charity, Mind Over Mountains, we are able to combine the very best of accessible adventure and wellbeing activities to bring you a jam packed weekend that’s sure to motivate and inspire people.

This 3 night course will encompass :

Physical Challenges – You’ll take part in several physical activities such as canoeing, caving or climbing & short walks in the stunning nearby national parks.

Mental Focus – There will be several mindfulness sessions over the course of the weekend to help relax, unwind, reflect and re-centre.

Inspiration – Mind Over Mountains Co-founder, serial adventurer and mental health activist Alex Staniforth will be present throughout the weekend and will provide an inspirational talk about overcoming adversity.

Connection – Human connection is vital to good mental health. Professional NLP Coaching, counselling & support will be available throughout the weekend and you’ll have the opportunity for making new friends through shared experiences.

The Great Outdoors – Using the outdoors as a source of nature therapy & evening camp fire sessions with group reflection/journaling.

Wellbeing Weekend

Mind Over Mountains combines the therapeutic power of adventure with holistic well-being to provide a fun and safe space to bring people back together, and with Bendrigg’s expertise this will be a fantastic and transformational opportunity for all who take part”.

Alex Staniforth

Course Details

Dates

Friday 5th March 2021 – Monday 8th March 2021

Prices

Participant £485         Carers £425

The price is fully inclusive of:

  • Accommodation in our stunning Acorn House building (fully accessible)
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner for the duration of your stay
  • A full programme of outdoor & wellbeing activities (as outlined above)
  • A journal and pen

This Wellbeing Weekend has been specifically designed for Adults aged 18+ with a physical disability and it is recommended that you bring a carer or friend with you for personal care, physical and/or emotional support.

You can download and print a poster for the event here.

How to book

To book your place please contact Jo on 01539 723766 or get in touch via our contact page.

Financial Support

If you would like to attend the course but need financial support to do so, there are several trusts and foundations offering grants for short breaks that may be able to help. We’ve put together a digital funding pack with a list of funders so that you’re able to select a trust and apply for a grant to help towards the cost of your trip. Please contact us to register your interest in the course and to request a copy of the funding pack.

 

We’d like to say a huge thank you to 1LifetoLive who have provided us with a grant so that we’re able to offer this wellbeing weekend at a subsidised cost.

We hope this will be the first of many Wellbeing Weekends here at Bendrigg If you would be interested in attending a wellbeing course specifically for people with Learning Disabilities or any other disability please contact us to register your interest.

 

 

Be An At Home Hero & Take On The 2.6 Challenge

Become an at home hero for Bendrigg Trust 

With only a few days to go before the #TwoPointSixChallenge really gets going, here’s a simple guide for how you can get involved!

 

 


What is the 2.6 challenge?

Sunday 26 April, would have been the 40th year of the London Marathon, which in it’s history has seen over £1 billion being raised for good causes.

Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic, the London Marathon, as well as other mass participation events, have been postponed resulting in many charities, including Bendrigg, loosing out on much needed fund raised income.

The #TwoPointSixChallenge is a way of bringing the nation together to support UK charities by inviting supporters, such as yourselves, to come up with their own challenge incorporating the numbers 2 & 6, to help raise much needed funds.

People can do whatever they wish, as long as they adhere to the Government social distancing guidelines.

2.6 Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


How Can I Get Involved?

Getting involved with the challenge couldn’t be easier…

1. Think of a challenge that incorporates the numbers 2.6 or 26 this could be anything from cycling 2.6 miles to playing a 26 minute virtual concert to friends and family. 26 keepy-uppies or a cooking challenge. Stuck for ideas? Click here to download the 2.6 challenge idea pack.

2. Take a video or photograph yourself doing the challenge & share it on social media making sure you tag @BendriggTrust #TwoPointSixChallenge so we can thank you for supporting us.

3. Donate or fundraise £26 via our unique charity link :
https://twopointsixchallenge.justgiving.com/get-involved?charityId=182297

4. Nominate a friend or family member to take on their own 2.6 challenge for Bendrigg!

 

All the team at Bendrigg will be so grateful for your support & we hope it will help to bring a sense of “at home adventure” until we can welcome you back to Bendrigg in the future!

 

 

 

 

Rare Disease Film Festival Awards

Rare Disease UK Hosts The First Rare Film Festival Awards Helping To Raise Awareness For Rare Diseases.

We were grateful to receive funding from the Scottish Power Foundation in 2019 towards our Adventure For All Project – Promoting, Sharing, Inspiring. Part of the project included funds for us to create several short films to help promote the power of adventure activities for people with disabilities.

One of the films focused on Pip Rowlands, who first came to Bendrigg when she was just 5 years old. The story takes us on an incredible journey through Pip’s climbing journey and the impact that it has had on her day to day life, living with a rare condition called DDX3X.

Category : Best Agency Charity Collaboration

Film – Climbing : The Ripple Effect

We Won!

We are thrilled to announce that our film won in the category and we couldn’t be happier. We couldn’t have done it without the amazing Adamedia who we worked alongside to create the film, and of course the stars of the show Pip, Alix, Clare & Gary, and Pip’s climbing coach Kara.

Funding from Scottish Power Foundation was topped up by the BMC which meant we could create this film which helps to not only raise awareness for Pip’s rare condition DDX3X but also will hopefully inspire more people to try new activities and perhaps even take up climbing as a new hobby!

People’s Choice Award

There is a people’s choice award now open for you to cast your vote for your favourite film.

Click here to watch all the shortlisted videos and place your vote!

Congratulations

Congratulations to everyone who entered a film, the competition was tough and we thought all of the videos shown were amazing in their own right.

 

Check out the rest of the films in our Adventure For All Series on our YouTube channel.

 

 

Kids to Adults Shows 2020

We had such a great time at the Kidz2Adultz North event last November that we’ve decided to exhibit at the North, Middle & Scotland Events this year!

Here’s what you need to know about kidz 2 adultz :

What it Kidz 2 Adultz?

Disabled Living has an enviable reputation of organising the very prestigious Kidz to Adultz event since 2001 and now hold five of the largest FREE UK exhibitions totally dedicated to children and young adults up to 25 years with disabilities and additional needs, their parents, carers and all the professionals who support and work with them.

Kidz to Adultz Exhibitions

Have you thought about visiting a Kidz to Adultz exhibition but you're not sure what to expect? Take a look at this short video! ????For more information: https://www.kidzexhibitions.co.uk/kidz-north/#kidztoadultz

Posted by Kidz to Adultz Exhibitions on Thursday, 3 October 2019

 

  • 100 – 180 exhibitors with the most up to date advice & information on mobility, funding, seating, beds, communication, sensory, education, housing, employment, transport, sports, leisure & much more!
  • Seminars take place alongside the exhibition covering a wide range of topics and interests to families and carers of children with disabilities and the professionals who work with them.

Where and When Do The Events Take Place?

Middle

Ericsson Exhibition Hall, Coventry

Wednesday 4th March 2020

9:30am – 4:30pm

South

Farnborough International Exhibition Centre

Thursday 7th May 2020

9:30am – 4:30pm

Wales & West

Newport International Conference Centre

Thursday 2nd July 2020

9:30am – 4:30pm

Scotland

Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh

Thursday 10th September

9:30am – 4:30pm

North

Eventcity Manchester

Thursday 12th November

9:30am – 4:30pm

Is it Free to attend?

Yes, there are no costs to attend and you can order your tickets on the Kidz exhibitions website by clicking on each of the events above.

We hope to see you there!

Bendrigg will be there with a smile as always ready to answer any questions about our accessible outdoor adventure courses so don’t forget to come and see us.

 

Read more here >>>> about what we do


 

Shaping The Future Together

Bendrigg Engagement Day

On Thursday 9th January 2020 Bendrigg Trust held it’s very first Engagement Day, and sorry to disappoint but it was not the down on one knee, she said yes kind of engagement day. It was however an absolutely brilliant gathering of our stakeholders including participants, group leaders, supporters, trustees and staff. The aim of the day was to bring all of these people together, who have a different perspective of Bendrigg to brainstorm, share feedback and come up with ideas which will help us to shape our vision for Bendrigg moving forwards.

We kept our Mission and Values at the core of the discussions and had break out groups to focus on the following areas :

  • Environment
  • Innovation
  • Keeping The Magic Alive 
  • Financial Sustainability
  • Who Are We For
  • Community Engagement
  • Cultural Journey

By focusing our discussions around these key areas for development, we are now able to develop future plans, both short and long term, based on all of the collaborative feedback.

       


Feedback from the day

Over the years I have attended many, many events similar to the one you held yesterday, however I have to say, I have never attended one with such passion, such commitment or such enthusiasm. The fact that people had travelled from so far and wide to be there showed how committed people are to supporting you and the organisation moving forward.  The facilitator, John, was excellent, I really felt that he understood what you were trying to achieve and his passion to get the most from everyone was clear from the outset.

Over the many years of bringing groups to Bendrigg (sometimes 2 or 3 times per year), we have brought some children and young people so poorly, so severely disabled that their time at Bendrigg truly was a “once in a lifetime experience”.  Sadly, some of those children / young people are no longer with us.  I have felt privileged to have been able to offer a break to those young people at Bendrigg with support from our team.  It has been a real gift knowing that we helped to shape those memories and experiences for that child / young person and their family and that even when that child has passed away the family have those photos and DVD’s of our stays showing their child with huge smiles across their faces and their eyes lit up as they flew across the sports hall on the big swing, took a leap of faith on the zip wire or quietly relaxed in the multi-sensory room. Truly priceless.

Yesterday for me showed the true “magic” of Bendrigg, from the huge hug from Rex as we arrived in the (somewhat soggy) car park, him remembering our names and asking about my son! Walking is us to main door under his umbrella. Bumping into Jo in the dining room to be hugged again (a real hug because someone wants you to know they mean it) and the conversation between us flowing so immediately and so easily that I was left feeling like it was only a day since we last spoke. Seeing many members of staff – Ed, Mel, Vic, Jennifer, Libby and Val and all of them remembering my name, chatting like people I see daily and remembering details of young people or activities etc when we have been at Bendrigg.

Bendrigg for me always feels magical.

Kelly Piper, Leisure For All Manager


Thank you

We’d like to say a great big thank you to all those who attended, some who travelled a considerable distance and took time out of their working week to come and be a part of the day.

A fantastic day was had by all and the love for Bendrigg and passion shown by everyone who attended is what made it very special. Our management team and trustees will be meeting to move the ideas forward and we will be sharing updates on this in the coming months.

A huge thank you also to the wonderful John Matthews from Impact International for facilitating an exceptional day, which will no doubt play a huge part in shaping the future of our Charity.

 

To keep up to date with all of our latest news and events, you can subscribe to The Bendrigg Buzz our monthly newsletter.

 


 

Sedbergh Gives Back

Today was Sedbergh Gives Back Day – where over 500 pupils from the local schools volunteer at various local charities to give back!

We had a group of 40 pupils from Powell House attend and help Ed our maintenance man with all sorts of maintenance and grounds work including developing an accessible wheelchair obstacle course.

The weather didn’t put them off and each individual worked extremely hard to achieve a great deal in just 8 hours.

 

We have just 1 full time maintenance man onsite at Bendrigg, for him to have accomplished all that you have today, would have taken him weeks. Volunteering really does make a huge difference to our small charity and is very much appreciated”

Nick Liley, Bendrigg Principal

 

We also received a beautiful Christmas Wreath from the pupils at Robertson House which is making Bendrigg look very festive!

 

 

Thank you to all of the amazing pupils who have volunteered at local charities today, it’s with these acts of kindness, that small charities like us can make huge progress in such a short space of time, you should all be extremely proud of yourselves!

 

Want to get involved with volunteering for Bendrigg? Click here to find out more.

 

 

The Big Give Christmas Challenge

Give The Gift Of Adventure

Help us to raise £12,000 during the 2019 Big Give Christmas Challenge! By donating, you’ll enable more people with disabilities to access an adventure holiday of a lifetime.

What is the Big Give Christmas Challenge?

The challenge starts at midday on Tuesday 3rd December and ends at midday on Tuesday 10th of December – so we have just 7 days to raise our ambitious target of £12,000. The special thing about the challenge is that all donations given during the time frame & via the big give website, are matched, meaning your donation is DOUBLED and so is the IMPACT for our beneficiaries.

How will my donation make an impact?

This year all funds raised through the Bendrigg Big Give will go towards The Bendrigg Subsidy Fund. This fund enables socially and economically underprivileged people with disabilities to benefit from the ‘Bendrigg Experience’. Without this financial aid, our participants would simply not be able to experience these life-changing adventures.

The pupils from Wilson Stuart School came on a residential to Bendrigg earlier this year. They were only able to afford their visit after receiving financial support from the Bendrigg Subsidy Fund. You can see what it meant to them to experience the adventures at Bendrigg in the short video below.

 

“The whole experience was life changing for our students. I cannot express how amazing this residential was. The students have tried so many amazing activities and experienced what it is like to spend time away from family and carers, many of them for the first time. Independence is at the forefront of what we do at school and Bendrigg Trust advances the opportunities for all our students to try new things.” Teacher, Wilson Stuart

By donating in the Big Give Christmas Challenge where your donation will be DOUBLED – you’ll be enabling even more people to access adventure.

How can I donate?

In order for your donation to be doubled you must donate via the Bendrigg Big Give Christmas Challenge Link : bit.ly/BigGiveCC20

You must also make sure you donate between midday on Tuesday 3rd December and midday on Tuesday 10th of December when the challenge ends.

Please, donate today and help to give more people with disabilities the experience of a lifetime!

****UPDATE BIG GIVE CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE 2019

We are thrilled to announce that as of 12 o’clock on Tuesday 10th December, we have not only hit our target of £12,000 but with your generosity we’ve absolutely SMASHED it raising a grand total of £17,618 with gift aid that’s over £18,500!

We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated and supported us throughout the challenge, your donations will enable people who would not have been able to afford to, a chance to have an adventure of a lifetime here at Bendrigg.

 

 

 

 

Want to know more about the impact of your donation? Click here to read our 2018 impact report.

 

Tree Planting Day

As part of the Woodland Trusts Big Climate Fightback Campaign on Saturday 30th November, we pledged to plant 150 trees around the grounds at Bendrigg Trust.

It was a fantastic day with over 25 volunteers of all ages giving up their time to come and help make a difference. Both children and adults had a great time and after all the hard work we had hot drinks and cakes in the sunshine!

We planted a selection of trees and shrubs which were given to us by the TCV –  (The Community Volunteering Charity) who, in conjunction with OVO energy, have given away over 1 million free trees to community groups and charities as part of their I Dig Tree’s campaign.

Thanks to everybody who joined us on the day!

 

 

 

Climbing Festival At Bendrigg Trust

Bendrigg Trust To Host Inclusive Climbing Festival!

On Friday 24th – Sunday 26th January 2020 Bendrigg Trust are hosting an amazing climbing festival with a jam packed programme of workshops and training sessions at their specialist outdoor centre in Kendal, Cumbria.

The festival is suitable for anyone aged 13+ with a learning disability or autism who….

Have never climbed before but want to give it a go

Have done a little bit of climbing but want to progress further

Have done lot’s of climbing and want to improve their skills

No matter your ability, we’ll help you to take your climbing to the next level! 

As well as climbing workshops and training, there will also be social activities for a chance to relax and make new friends!

For the full weekend, an inclusive festival package is available for £110 per person! Which includes a full weekend programme of Climbing Workshops & Training Sessions tailored to your ability, Comfortable Accommodation & Delicious Food! It is preferred that climbers attend the event with a “buddy” or carer.

To book your place please contact the Bendrigg Office by calling 01539723766 or fill in our online form HERE

 

Bendrigg Trust Climbing Festival 2020

Bendrigg Trust Climbing Festival

 

Please feel free to print out the poster above and put it up at your local school/youth club/climbing wall and help us to spread the word!

Did you know we also run an inclusive climbing club after school during term time? Find out more and Book your place HERE

 

 

Charity Challenges 2020!

It’s never been easier to support your favourite cause, which, if your reading this blog post, must be us! HURRAY!

With a whole host of amazing charity challenge events out there, take a look below to see what you, your friends, family and work collegues could get involved with to fundraise for Bendrigg in 2020!

2020 Charity Challenges

Edinburgh & Glasgow Kilt Walks

Dates : Glasgow – Sunday 26th April 2020 Edinburgh – Sunday 13th September 2020

Details : The Kiltwalk is a unique walking event offering three distances to choose from, suitable for walkers of all ages and experiences. The difference with this event is that 140% of the sponsorship money raised by Kiltwalkers comes directly to Bendrigg!


Keswick To Barrow & Coniston To Barrow

Dates : Both – Saturday 2nd May 2020

Details : The walks are 40 miles and 21 miles respectively. Teams of between 4 and 12 members test themselves on a challenging route, to raise money for charities and good causes.

 


Super Hero Tri & Winter Wonderwheels

Dates : Super Hero Tri – Saturday 15th August 2020 Winter Wonder wheels – Saturday 6th December 2020

Details : The Superhero Series is the UK’s one and only disability sports series for the Everyday Superhero! In the Superhero Tri you can take part in a sprint, half or full Triathlon event. In the Winter Wonderwheels, Everyday Superheroes are invited to cycle, walk, run, push, or anything in between, a 1km, 5km or 10km course.

 


Great North Run

Dates : Saturday 13th September 2020

Details : Bendrigg has 15 charity places for the 40th Great North Run very special anniversary! The run is a half marathon starting in Newcastle and traversing 13.1 miles across the Tyne Bridge, through Gateshead and finishing along the coast road in South Shields.


Prudential Ride London

Dates : Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 starts at 06:00 in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside. Bendrigg only has a limited amount of places available so click below to find out more.


How will my fundraising make a difference to Bendrigg?

The money you raise will make a huge difference to our charity. Times are tough for everyone right now, but particularly for those families with a disabled member. We rely on donations to be able to subsidise our courses and ensure that people of all abilities can afford to come to Bendrigg and experience adventure. You can read more about our Impact on our 40 year Impact Report HERE or Contact Us on 01539 723766 if you’d like us to post you a copy.

 

How can I sign up to a charity challenge for Bendrigg in 2020?

Signing up couldn’t be easier! All you have to do is complete a Registration Form HERE and return it to sarah@bendrigg.org.uk

 

I’d like more information, how can I get in touch?

Sarah & Martha our fundraising dream team will be happy to answer any questions you have or help you with top tips to maximise your donations! Call them on 01539 723766 or use our online form HERE

 

Fancy planning your own fundraising event? Or supporting Bendrigg Trust in some other way? Check out our “Support Us” page for more details.