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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 https://bit.ly/BendriggBigGive2021 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!

 


 

 

Festive Family Weekend

Festive Family Break

We are delighted to be hosting our first Festive Themed Family Break at Bendrigg Trust this December.

From Friday 10th December – Sunday 12th December Bendrigg will welcome families to stay in Bendrigg Lodge to enjoy a weekend of fun filled activities with a festive twist.

Families will arrive from 4pm and have an introduction & time to settle in and chat to the other families, then after dinner you’ll have chance to explore our fantastic Winter Wonderland Trail around our 15 acre site, ticking off the festive installations as you go.

Saturday will be filled with loads of fun activities including the Tube Slide (aka the present chute!) to the Zip Wire (whilst throwing snowballs at the naughty reindeers…) They’ll be a Christmas Disco and Festive Crafts on the Saturday night so feel free to bring your best Christmas Jumpers or festive fancy dress.

Then on Sunday they’ll be time for a couple more fun filled activities like Archery and our Indoor Cave before it’s time for Elf graduation and departure at 2pm.

*Please note activities are subject to change at short notice, because of the weather for example.

The Festive Family Break costs £156 per person (£60 for young children not taking part in activities) and that includes your accommodation, food for the weekend and a full programme of activities.

Please call us on 01539 723766 or email us via our contact page if you have any questions or would like to book places for your family.

 

Why not find out more about our other Family Breaks or our Winter Wonderland….


 

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland at Bendrigg Trust

After the success of last years event, we are delighted to announce that the Bendrigg Trust Winter Wonderland is back again for 2021!

After such a fantastic event last year, Santa has asked the Bendrigg Elves to host the Winter Wonderland event again, to help spread some Christmas joy to all!

The Bendrigg Elves have created a festive trail through the accessible 15 acre grounds where people of all abilities can explore and keep their eyes peeled to tick off loads of festive installations! From nutcrackers & reindeers to candy canes and snowmen, the Bendrigg Elves have really gone to tinsel town again for this special event.

Our Yurt will be transformed into Santa’s grotto and although the big man himself won’t be here, one of our very friendly Bendrigg Elves will be waiting to present you with a small gift.

As well as welcoming families again, this year, we’ll also be opening up before the school holidays to Groups and Schools to visit, please see full details under each of the headers below.

If you’d like to support the event in some way you can find out what we really need your help with at the bottom of this page.


Schools and Groups (Mon 29th Nov – Weds 15th Dec)

This year, we are delighted to offer time slots for school groups and other organisations from the local community to come along and enjoy our Winter Wonderland.

Dates & Times

We will have morning (10am – 12pm) and afternoon (1pm -3pm) time slot available for schools and groups to book between Monday and Friday. This will be starting from Monday 29th November through to Wednesday 15th December.

You’ll need to contact us directly to discuss availability and booking so please call 01539 723766 between 9-5 normal office hours.

How Much Does It Cost?

We have worked hard to keep this event as affordable as possible by fundraising, but in order to cover our costs for gifts and staffing, participants (children or adults who would like to receive a gift) will be asked to pay £9.60 per person upon booking. All adults and carers NOT receiving gifts go free.

*Minimum charge for 12 people

*Maximum group size 36 people

What activities are included?

You will have 2 hours onsite with your group to wander around the festive woodland trail which makes an exciting an orienteering activity where you can tick and count the number of “festive installations” as you go.

For group bookings only, each person can also take a ride down our fabulous Tube Slide into our snowball pit at the other end!

Each paid guest will also receive a gift from a Bendrigg Elf in our fabulously decorated yurt and a cookie/mince pie/hot chocolate will be served in the Bendrigg Lodge Dining Room at the end. (This is all included in the price)

Will there be other groups on site?

There will be a small number of other guests staying at Bendrigg for their residential so you may see them out and about enjoying their activities, but this will not interfere with your Winter Wonderland experience.

How can I book a place for my school or group?

If you would like to book please contact our bookings team directly on 01539 723766

 


Families (Thursday 16th – Tuesday 21st Dec)

Is this only open to people with a disability?

Feedback from our visitors has shown that typical Christmas events can either be inaccessible to people with physical disabilities or incredibly overwhelming for people with sensory impairments or learning disabilities, so we have designed this event to combat this feedback.

We therefore want to prioritise offering bookings to people with disabilities and their families first, as there are not many events available to them which are fully accessible and designed specifically to meet their needs elsewhere.

If we have places left available closer to the time, we may decide to open the bookings up to everyone – the best place to hear about this first will be on our Facebook Page so please follow us to keep posted.

Dates & Times

This event will be held between Thursday 16th – Tuesday 21st December 2021 and you must book a place via our booking portal here to attend (more information below).

Bookings will be available with specific start times to make sure that we do not have crowded areas on site at any time.

How long will does the trail take to walk around?

At a very relaxed pace, the trail will take around 40 minutes – 1 hour depending on the speed you wander.

Will there be other families on site?

To make things as safe as possible for everyone, we are limiting numbers for each start time.

Arrival times have been staggered and families will have 1 hour to explore the trail ensuring plenty of space to explore safely and at your own pace. Our site is spread across 15 acres so even with other families around the trail you will likely not notice there are other people there.

The only other people in the grounds will be Bendrigg Staff and Volunteers.

How Much Does It Cost?

We have worked hard to keep the cost as low as possible for families and are heavily subsidising this event. but in order to cover our costs we will be asking Participants (children or adults who will be receiving a gift) to pay £9.60 per person. You will be asked to pay in full at the time of booking.

All adults and carers (not receiving gifts!) go free.

Will there be any refreshments available?

New for this year we will be opening up the Bendrigg Lodge dining room for simple café food & drinks.

A selection of food and drink will be available to purchase including soup & a roll, tray bakes, hot chocolate, tea, coffee and mulled wine.

Card payment methods will be available.

Will there be an accessible toilet?

Yes, you will have access to a fully accessible toilet before you start the trail where there is a changing bed, shower and hoisting facilities. There will also be another toilet available which can be accessed through the Bendrigg Lodge café.

How do I book my place?

Click here – All places MUST be pre-booked on our booking portal

Once you book your place you’ll receive a confirmation email with further information about where to park and check in.

If you have any questions at all please do get in touch our friendly team will be happy to help! 🙂


Would you like to support our Winter Wonderland?

Volunteering

If you would like to volunteer to help us with the set up or deconstruction of the Winter Wonderland we’d love to hear from you! – Please contact our volunteer co-ordinator Kate McCallum

Donations & Gifts in Kind

If you would like to donate towards the Winter Wonderland we’d be very grateful! You can do so by clicking Donate in the top right hand corner of our website. (On a mobile this will be a £ sign)

Alternatively you could donate a “Gift in Kind” to support this event. This could be a Christmas Tree, Fairy Lights, Outdoor Lighting, or even a Festive Installation! We have several items on our Amazon Wishlist to purchase or perhaps you own a business which supplies these items or a spare tree in your loft that you’d like to loan us… either way we’d love to hear from you so please get in touch!


 

We hope to welcome you to our Winter Wonderland Event!

Climbing At Bendrigg Trust

Climbing Club, Rock Days & Climbing Festival

We were delighted to have received funding from Cumbria Community Foundation through the Young Persons Opportunity Fund to provide our Climbing Club, Rock Days & the highly anticipated return of the LD Climbing Festival!– A huge thanks to them for their funding and support.


Climbing Club (term time)

Bendrigg Trust Paraclimbing Club is great for young people of all abilities, so whether you have never climbed before or you are an experienced climber looking to progress your skills, our wall offers a variety of challenges to suit all abilities.

Our highly skilled staff will support you to take part in climbing whatever your ability and we have a range of specialist equipment available for attendees use during sessions free of charge including hoists, climbing shoes, helmets and a variety of harnesses.

DATES & PRICES

The club runs fortnightly during term time on a Wednesday from 5:30pm – 7pm starting from 22nd September 2021 onwards (see all dates on booking link below) and the club aims to enable people of all abilities to climb in a safe, supported and fun environment.

You must book your place ahead of time for £8.50 per session, maximum numbers apply.

CLICK HERE to check availability and book your place!


Rock Days (school holidays)

We also run Rock Days as an extension of the paraclimbing club. These run from 9:30am – 4pm during school holidays to give you the chance to develop your outdoor climbing skills.

All specialist equipment and transport is provided but you will need some good outdoor shoes suitable for a short walk to the crag on rough terrain. Exact venues will be decided closer to the time depending on the attendees and the weather. Our tutors will always try to have an outdoor venue but where weather makes this trickier a different indoor venue such as Ingleton or Kendal Climbing Wall may be used.

DATES & PRICES

The Rock Days are running on the following dates and cost £26 per person to attend.

29th October 2021

Friday 18th February 2022

Monday 4th April 2022

Monday 11th April 2022

You must book ahead HERE as maximum numbers apply and please let us know about your needs/disability when you book.

(Please note that the climbing club and rock days are heavily dependant on Bendrigg securing funding to cover the cost of staffing and equipment, it may not always be possible for us to put out new dates far in advance but if funding is secured, new dates will be added onto the booking portal and advertised on our social media pages.)


Climbing Festival

 

On Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd January 2022 we are hosting our fabulous climbing festival with a jam packed programme of workshops and training sessions at our 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 £114 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 but should you feel a buddy is not needed please call us.

We held the climbing festival for the first time in 2020 and the feedback from our climbers and their carers was fantastic.

“We couldn’t fault any of it. It was the perfect mix of climbing, learning skills, about different climbing grips. Having pro-climbers talk and teach us has been amazing, they are so passionate and encouraging.”

We are also please to announce that Team GB Para-climber Anita Aggarwal and John & Lauren aka “The T-shirt Twins”  will be on hand throughout the weekend to offer advice and to chat to all the climbers.

To book your place on our Climbing Festival please contact the Bendrigg Office by calling 01539723766 or fill in our online form here.

Download our Climbing Festival Poster here

 

 

Keswick Mountain Festival

New Accessibility Zone set to open up Keswick Mountain Festival for more outdoor visitors

Bendrigg Trust are delighted to be a part of the brand new accessibility zone at the 2021 Keswick Mountain Festival!

The zone is being designed to make the festival more accessible and welcoming to visitors with disabilities and adaptive sporting needs. Supported by United Utilities and developed in partnership with not-for-profit company Experience Community, the zone will include special features, exhibitors and activities.

Founded in 2007, Keswick Mountain Festival (KMF) is presented by title partner Land Rover and is now one of the UK’s best-loved outdoor festivals, attracting thousands of visitors to Cumbria. From 10-12 September, KMF will provide its unique mix of live entertainment, sporting events, outdoor adventures, high profile speakers, taster activities, exhibitor stands and camping for all of the family. The event’s main base is in the KMF Festival Village on Crow Park, with the backdrop of Derwent water and the Lakeland fells.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Keswick Mountain Festival Accessibility Zone will be located just inside the Festival Village, on the flattest part of that area, with a ‘Mobiloo’ alongside it and parking for drivers with blue badges nearby. Disabled visitors and those with adaptive sporting needs will be able to watch the live entertainment on the main stage from a special viewing area (located close to the Mobiloo), and there will also be accessible toilets at the pop-up KMF campsite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to support from United Utilities, KMF has been able to invite charities and not-for-profit groups to exhibit in the Accessibility Zone alongside commercial companies. Joining zone partner Experience Community, organisations that have signed up so far include :

Caving With Bendrigg Trust

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Grimes, owner and Director of Experience Community, will also premiere a new film during the festival, as part of the Craghoppers 2021 Tent Talks programme. Growing up, Craig loved camping, walking, climbing, kayaking, caving and the outdoor life, then an accident left him paralysed from the chest down. Today, he runs Experience Community, which helps people with disabilities to access countryside adventures.

The KMF Accessibility Zone will also be the base for some dedicated activities hosted by Experience Community, including a guided walk on Saturday 11 September and an adapted bike ride on Sunday 12 September. The road sportives and DexShell Hell in the Fells gravel ride are all open to electric and adapted bikes, and organisers of the other sporting events will do what they can to make them as accessible as possible for all those who want to participate. In addition, there will be a test route for trying out vehicles that are being exhibited on the site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leading Para cyclist and Ordnance Survey ambassador Mel Nicholls has visited Keswick Mountain Festival several times and has taken part in the event’s Back o’ Skiddaw sportive. Mel comments: “Keswick Mountain Festival is a fabulous weekend of outdoor fun for everyone, with expert support for all to enjoy their chosen outdoor adventures, and some you’d never thought to try.  It’s a fantastic event that I recommend for everyone who loves the outdoors and I hope that as many people as possible come along and explore all there is to get out there!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicola Meadley, KMF director, adds: “We want Keswick Mountain Festival to be a welcoming and vibrant hub for all outdoor enthusiasts and especially those with disabilities and adaptive sporting needs. Experience Community, Adapt-e and ICE Trikes all attended in 2019 and the idea for the KMF Accessibility Zone was born then. With support from United Utilities, we have been able to develop it into what will be one of the most exciting new elements at the festival, but this is just the start. We won’t achieve everything in year one and we will definitely learn a lot in September, but I’m equally certain that we will deliver a really positive experience for visitors who spend time in the zone.”

Tickets for the 2021 Keswick Mountain Festival are available at www.keswickmountainfestival.co.uk.

To find out more about this year’s festival, visit the website or Facebook, email info@keswickmountainfestival.co.uk, or follow @keswickfestival on Twitter and Instagram.

A couple of the Bendrigg Trust team will be present throughout the whole weekend so please do come along and say hello!

 

To find out more about Bendrigg Trust and the services we offer click on the following links for Families, Adults and Groups of all abilities.

 

 

Job Vacancies

Job Vacancies – July 2021

2 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.

Full Time Activity Tutor – (£19,128 – £23,208* per annum)

We require an enthusiastic team player to join our Tutorial team as a full time activity Tutor starting in September.

Your personal qualities should include being kind, empathetic and a good problem solver who is willing to work hard as part of a team to make a real difference to peoples lives.You should also have previous experience at outdoor centres and a range of NGB qualifications. Experience of working with disabled people and minibus driving will be a significant advantage. This is a full time, permanent contract starting 6th September 2021. Accommodation is not available for this position.

Salary
£19,128 – £23,208* per annum (depending on time served at Bendrigg, previous relevant experience and/or qualifications).

Dates
Closing date for applications: Midday Wednesday 28th July

Selection process will take place over 2 days including activity sessions, site tour and formal interview.

Candidates will be asked to attend either Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd August or Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th August 2021. Please indicate on your application form if you have a preference for either date.

Start date 6th September 2021

To apply
Please contact us directly for an application pack
Email : vacancies(at)bendrigg.org.uk
Phone : 01539 723766
Informal enquiries welcomed

Part Time Cleaning and Catering Assistant – £17,068 (pro rata)

Self Employed cleaners welcome to apply

We require an energetic and caring person to join our domestic team as a part-time catering and cleaning assistant.

Typical duties may include:
• Thoroughly cleaning of rooms, corridors, showers, toilets and other areas at our 64 bed specialist outdoor centre.
• Assisting with catering arrangements at the centre including: Storage and rotation of food, preparation, cooking and serving simple meals which could include breakfast, sandwich lunches and evening meals.

Hours
This is a part-time position (0.6 FTE) and flexibility is essential as early, late and weekend work is involved.
Normal hours of work will be 7.25 working hours between either:
• 7am to 3:15pm (early shift)
• 8:45am to 5pm (day shift)
• 11am to 7:15pm (late shift)

Salary
£17,068 (pro rata)

Benefits of working at Bendrigg Trust include:
• Meals provided when on shift
• Stunning countryside location in Old Hutton, Kendal
• Pension Contribution Scheme
• Cycle To Work Scheme
• Equipment loan for staff
• Staff showers and bike storage
• Holiday entitlement (18 days + bank holidays per year)

Dates
Closing date: Midday on Friday 30th July 2021 Interviews to be held: Thursday 19th August 2021 Start date: 1st October 2021 (or earlier if available)

To apply 
Please contact us directly for an application pack
Phone : 01539 723766
Informal enquiries welcomed

Community Rally To Support Bendrigg Trust Reopening

Cumbria Community Come Together To Support Local Charity Reopening

People from across Cumbria have rallied together in a true show of community spirit to support Local Charity, Bendrigg Trust, with its reopening campaign.

The specialist outdoor centre based in Old Hutton Kendal, has not been able to open for residential visitors since the first lockdown back in March 2020. As a result, the grounds and buildings were in need of some serious TLC and this is when the businesses and people from the community really stepped up to support them.

The Bendrigg Trust is an outdoor centre who work predominantly with disabled people to provide accessible activity holidays for groups, schools, families and adults of any ability.

Martha Wood, from the trust says “Like many places we had to furlough the majority of our staff, meaning the maintenance of our 15 acre site took a back seat whilst we were in survival mode. As soon as we launched the Reboot Campaign and started approaching local businesses for help, the support came flooding in, we have been amazed and are extremely grateful to everyone who has supported us, not only with this campaign but over the last 15 months.”

The trust has an influx of volunteers, including parties from Cumbria County Council SEND social workers and e-learning company Amphigean LTD. In another show of community spirit, around 20 individuals from the community signed up to help with a variety of tasks around the grounds in preparation for the first residential groups returning on the 22nd of June.

 

In another tremendous show of support, The Breedon Group agreed to gift the Trust 72 tonnes of Aggregate worth over £1000 for the charity to resurface its accessible cycle path. The Roofbox company have made a donation of £1250 which will cover the cost of the digger and dumper hire needed to resurface the path which had overgrown with weeds making it less accessible for disabled visitors.

“Bendrigg has been providing amazing opportunities for disabled people for over 40 years, we have incredible supporters who have helped us through such a difficult time as a charity. But most importantly, it is our visitors who are facing huge challenges themselves, which have only been exacerbated by the pandemic. We want to be here to support them now when they need us the most. It will be amazing to welcome groups back to stay at Bendrigg again, and we are so grateful to our local community for the part they have played in making that happen.”

 

Thank you to all the individuals and businesses who gave their time, made donations or gave gifts in kind to support the charity including: The Breedon Group, The Roofbox Company, Amphigean LTD, Sealy UK, B&Q Kendal, Homebase Kendal, Asda Kendal, THINK Recycling, Joseph Strong Frazer Trust & Cumbria Community Foundation.

 

If you would like to make a donation or volunteer for the Bendrigg Trust please contact us on 01539 723766 or email office@bendrigg.org.uk.

 

 

 

Impact Webinar

Overcoming Adversity

Bendrigg Trust 2020 Impact Webinar & Report Release

We are delighted to invite you to join our free webinar on Wednesday 7th July from 12:00 – 13:00 to celebrate the impact of our services in 2020.

 

 

We hope that the event will be a great way to share how we overcame challenges in 2020 and our plans as a charity for the future.

This webinar will provide a fantastic opportunity to :

  • Have a greater awareness for the challenges faced by people with disabilities, their families and carers.
  • Learn what life was like behind the scenes at Bendrigg Trust and how we adapted our services to tackle the challenges faced by disabled people.
  • Hear from our visitors about how the pandemic affected their lives and the Impact of the services accessed here at Bendrigg.
  • Be amongst the first people to see our 2020 Impact Report during the event and receive an E-copy of the full report afterwards.

There will also be a live Q&A session where you can put your questions to the panel – Nick Liley, (Bendrigg Principal), Rachael Hodgson (Chair of Trustees), Sarah and Martha (Fundraising and Marketing)

The event will take place on Wednesday 7th July from 12:00 – 13:00 and you can register for free online here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Want to read more about our Impact? Check our Our Impact page here.

 

 

2021 & 2022 Services For Adults & Families

2021 & 2022 Services For Adults & Families

We are delighted to release new dates for our ever popular Open Courses for Families and Adults.

Open Courses are suitable for any individual Adult with a disability or a Family with a disabled member (any age). Booking one of our fully inclusive activity breaks means you’ll have all your food provided, accommodation and a jam packed programme of activities included in the package prices as outlined below.

  • You’ll get to experience a range of activities from caving to canoeing and zip wire to climbing. Adaptive equipment is provided to ensure that everyone can take part in everything they’d like to.
  • Time to socialise & get to know the other adults or families
  • Stay in our accessible accommodation
  • Meals are provided from our fantastic cooks, for the duration of the course. Just let us know any dietary requirements we can cater for all needs (included blended diets).

 

Family Breaks

Our award winning family courses are a wonderful way for families with a disabled member to spend quality time together.

They provide the opportunity to :

  • Spend time together as a family and make precious memories trying adventurous activities include climbing, canoeing, caving & cycling.
  • Time to socialise and meet other families.
  • Enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings of the Lake District & Yorkshire Dales National Parks.

FRI 25TH – MON 28TH JUNE 2021 (3 NIGHTS) – LIMITED PLACES LEFT
£198 PER PERSON

Young children not taking part in activities: £90pp


TUES 24TH – FRI 27TH AUGUST 2021 (3 NIGHTS) – LIMITED PLACES LEFT
£198 PER PERSON

Young children not taking part in activities: £90pp


FRI 22ND –  SUN 24TH OCTOBER 2021 (2 NIGHTS)
£154 PER PERSON

Young children not taking part in activities: £60pp


MON 14TH –  FRI 18TH FEBRUARY 2022 (4 NIGHTS)
£315 PER PERSON

Young children not taking part in activities: £102pp


WEDS 1ST –  SUN 5TH JUNE 2022 (4 NIGHTS)
£315 PER PERSON

Young children not taking part in activities: £102pp


FRI 26TH –  MON 29TH AUGUST 2022 (3 NIGHTS)
£210 PER PERSON

Young children not taking part in activities: £90pp


FRI 21ST –  SUN 23RD OCTOBER 2022 (2 NIGHTS)
£156 PER PERSON

Young children not taking part in activities: £60pp


SOUTH LAKES FAMILY WEEKENDS

Bendrigg has received a grant from Lakeland Disability Support to provide a specially subsidised family weekends for people living in the South Lakes area. The weekends are subsidised by 70% meaning the cost to families is just £81pp for a 3 day, 2 night fully inclusive break.

SOUTH LAKES FAMILY WEEKEND DATES

FRI 24TH – SUN 26TH SEPTEMBER 2021 (2 NIGHTS)
FULL PRICE: £81 PER PERSON

FRI 26TH – SUN 28TH NOVEMBER 2021 (2 NIGHTS)
FULL PRICE: £81 PER PERSON

Places for the South Lakes courses are very limited. Please get in touch to book as soon as possible to avoid missing out.


How to Book

To book your place onto any of our courses above please call one of our friendly team on 01539 723766 or via our online contact form.


Adult Breaks

Our Adult Activity Courses are perfect for adults with a physical disability (PD) or learning disability (LD). We have short and long course options available.

LONG BREAKS (6 NIGHTS)

PD OPEN WEEK     SAT 4TH – FRI 10TH SEPTEMBER 2021 – FULLY BOOKED

Per Participant £600       Price Per Carer £300

LD OPEN WEEK    SAT 4TH – FRI 10TH SEPTEMBER 2021 – FULLY BOOKED

Per Participant £600      Price Per Carer £300


PD OPEN WEEK     SAT 3RD – FRI 9TH SEPTEMBER 2022

Per Participant £600       Price Per Carer £300

LD OPEN WEEK     SAT 3RD – FRI 9TH SEPTEMBER 2022

Per Participant £600       Price Per Carer £300


SHORT BREAKS (2 NIGHTS)

PD OPEN WEEKEND  FRI 25TH – SUN 27TH MARCH 2022

Per Participant £243.60        Price Per Carer £120

LD OPEN WEEKEND  FRI 25TH – SUN 27TH MARCH 2022

Per Participant £243.60        Price Per Carer £120

*It is worth noting that Bendrigg does not provide medical or care staff. Therefore it is necessary for participants to be responsible for their own personal care or be accompanied by a friend, relative or carer who can assist them.

WELLBEING WEEKEND FOR ADULTS WITH A PHYSICAL DISABILITY

We are also running a very special Wellbeing Weekend for Adults with a Physical Disability. As well as having an opportunity to meet new people, the weekend will be a fantastic fusion of outdoor adventures and wellbeing activities to help inspire, boost self-confidence and build self help skills to sustain good mental health.

FRI 29TH OCTOBER – MON 1ST NOVEMBER 2021

Per Participant £485          Price Per Carer £425

Find out more here 


How to Book

To book your place onto any of our courses above please call one of our friendly team on 01539 723766 or via our online contact form.


 

Check out our “What we do” page or “Group courses” to find out about our other services and what we provide for schools, youth groups, charities and organisations!

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 many people to shield for a year, 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 to help people rebuild their confidence, gain back some independence and take part in wellbeing activities to help towards good mental health.

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.

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 29th October 2021 – Monday 1st November 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 emotional support.

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.