The Bendrigg Blog

Domestic Team Vacancy

We have a Vacancy within our team!

Catering & Cleaning Assistant

Part-time

Salary £18,661 (pro rata)

Our charity may be small but we make a big impact on the lives of around 3,000 disabled people every year through our inclusive adventure residential trips and we’d love for you to be part of our team.

We require an energetic and caring person to join our domestic team as a 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 meals which could include breakfast, sandwich lunches and evening meals.

This is a part-time position (0.6 Full Time Equivalent/3 days per week) 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)

Check out our guided tour of our wonderful facilities!

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)

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.

Key Dates

Closing date: Midday on Friday 4th February 2022

Interviews to be held: Thursday 10th February 2022

Start date: 14th March 2022 (or earlier if available)

How to apply

An application form and further details are available from:

E-mail: vacancies@bendrigg.org.uk

Phone: 01539 723766

Informal enquiries are welcome.

 


 

BMC Climbing Challenge

BMC Climbing Fundraising Challenge

Climbing For All 2022

The BMC are once again running a fundraising campaign from the 21st March – 27th March 2022 to help raise much needed funds for a number of UK based charities which involve the medium of Climbing and the outdoors – Bendrigg Trust being one of those chosen charities.

We’d love for you to support us and enable even more people of all abilities to Climb here at Bendrigg.

Who Can Take Part?

Any teams from Schools, Colleges, Climbing Clubs or Individuals to sign up and raise funds by taking on one of the BMC’s climbing challenges or creating your own.

How do I take part and what are the challenges?

The all important details for how to take part in the challenge can be found on the BMC Website here : https://www.thebmc.co.uk/bmc-climbing-charity-fundraiser-2022 

There is a selection of pre-written climbing challenges which involve you climbing the height of famous peaks around the UK. Climbs can be completed in a variety of ways such as bouldering, roper or traverse walls or they can be done outside for more experienced climbers. Check out the BMC website above for downloadable forms or why not create your own!

How can I collect and donate any funds raised?

We are registered to many different platforms including Facebook and Just Giving, but we also have our own platform where you can create a fundraiser and post updates of your progress! It’s really easy to set up and there are minimal fees meaning we get more of any donations made to us > https://bendriggtrust.enthuse.com/profile

If you’d prefer to collect cash donations and make a lump sum donation at the end of the challenge, you can use the sponsorship forms on the BMC Website and make your donation to us here.

Download Bendrigg Sponsorship Form Here

Download Poster Here

Please get in touch with martha@bendrigg.org.uk to let us know if you’d like to take on a challenge in aid of Bendrigg Trust.

 

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Merry Christmas From All The Bendrigg Team x

Well 2021… it’s been a bumpy ride! We are delighted to have been able to get our residential services back up and running again after a prolonged period of closure and thanks so much to all of our visitors for placing their trust in us. Thank you also to all of our amazing funders and supporters for making it possible for Bendrigg to provide our services, at a time when our visitors have really needed us the most. Thanks also to our amazing staff team for their incredible hard work and determination this year, they have all worked their socks off to ensure all of our visitors are safe and have the most incredible time.

We are excited to see what adventures 2022 brings and hope you have a wonderful Christmas & New Year, With love from all the Bendrigg Team x

Office Closure Period

Please note, our offices will be closed from Wednesday 22nd December until Wednesday 5th January. Please use the contact form on our website if you have an enquiry, which we will endeavour to respond to as soon as possible on our return to work. Thank you for your understanding & patience.

 

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!

*****END OF CAMPAIGN UPDATE *****

The 2021 Big Give Christmas Challenge is now over and in just 7 days, you have raised an amazing £34,239 with gift aid! Thank you so much to everyone who supported our campaign, we are so incredibly grateful.


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!

***UPDATE 08/12/2021 – Due to damage to our woodland from the recent storms, we have had to reroute the winter wonderland. At the moment we are no longer able to have the trail through our woodland as it is still unsafe, however work is progressing everyday and if we are able to re re route the trail through the woodlands again we will do so. Our first priority is making sure everyone is safe, our second priority is ensuring you have a wonderful time, so rest assured whatever happens, we will do our best to make sure you have a great experience. Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience. 

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.


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 and coffee.

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! 🙂


BOOKINGS NOW CLOSED

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


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 – Sponsored by Cumbria Community Foundation and The BMC

 

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

 

 

Climbing Festival 2022

BENDRIGG TRUST 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

 

It is with huge thanks to The Cumbria Community Foundation – Young Persons Opportunity Fund & The BMC for their funding towards our Climbing Festival. Without their support this festival would not be possible.

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