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

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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!

Bendrigg Trust Party Night – With DJ Oli On The Decks

There Ain’t No Party Like A Bendrigg Party

DJ Oli bringing the Bendrigg party to you!

Party nights are such a fun part of a Bendrigg residential, everyone can let their hair down, celebrate their achievements together and have a good old boogie! Because we’ve been closed and many groups have missed out on their Bendrigg Residentials and Parties, DJ Oli (a regular Bendrigg visitor and adrenaline junkie) wants to bring the party to you at home and he’s planning to create a very special DJ set just for us.

My name is DJ Oli and I am 15. I Started DJ-ing in 2019. I enjoyed it and now I really love it. I use my eyes and DJ software. I would like to help Bendrigg by putting on a disco for people and hopefully raise some money. Bendrigg means a lot to me, because I go there with 1 voice and my friends. I loved the crate stack, climbing and tube slide.

Please join the party and donate some money it going to be fun!

From DJ Oli

 

Oli is a 15 year old with a serious passion for music. Oli uses Virtual DJ software which he accesses using eye tracking technology, which he also uses to speak.

Before lockdown, Oli had a full calendar of musical commitments and was hoping to perform a set at No Limits Disability music festival in Barnsley. Unfortunately this was cancelled and Oli’s family have been shielding since March. But he has not let this get in the way of his music-making, Oli has his own Beathubz channel and has been hosting discos and weekly sets on Zoom which he shares with friends. He also DJ ‘s regularly on Social Distance Radio show.

Oli has been coming to Bendrigg for years with his family and friends from the 1 Voice group (A charity for children and families using AAC – Augmentive Alternative Communication). When he heard about the Save Outdoor Ed campaign he wanted to use his passion for music to raise funds for Bendrigg and give people a fun event to attend during what has been a difficult time.

Join The Party

At 6pm on Saturday 13th of March Oli will be DJ-ing his special set live on beathubz with some epic party anthems for you to listen along! We’ll also be hosting a VIP zoom party with breakout rooms for people to dance, chat and get together to have a good time. With a few familiar faces from Bendrigg hoping to also join the party!

Entry is Free

You can enjoy Oli’s music set and join the zoom event for free, but if you’re able to please show some love for DJ Oli and Bendrigg by making a donation via Oli’s fundraising page. All funds raised will go to Bendrigg Trust Subsidy Fund, enabling more disabled people to access adventure activities.

Make a donation via Oli’s fundraising page here : https://bendriggtrust.enthuse.com/pf/dj-oli

How Can I Join The party?

You will need

  • A good internet connection
  • Some sort of smart device or computer to listen/watch
  • Some headphones if you want to join the silent disco
  • The beathubz link and the Zoom link so that you can listen and join the party (we will email you these once you have registered below)

Oli suggests using 2 devices if you can, so that you can join and chat with your communication aid in Zoom and listen/watch/dance to the music on Beathubz. (DJ Oli’s Beathubz channel or here if you have streaming issues) on a separate device. That way you can choose to have a break from the music to chat with your friends or plug into beathubz and join our disco breakout room for a boogie.

Sign Up To Attend!

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT HAVE NOW CLOSED

LISTEN TO THE LIVE BROADCAST HERE – https://beathubz.com/view/74ac6a0a-3114-4962-bd44-ee1c13e2cfed/ 

 

Make a donation to Bendrigg Trust here


Need some ideas for how to create the perfect home party atmosphere?

We’ve included some tips below on things you can do to create your very own home disco. Don’t worry if you don’t want to or don’t have time to do any of these things, seeing your happy faces is good enough for us! But if you want a bit of inspiration, check out our ideas below.

Party snacks

Is any party complete without snacks? We don’t think so…. click here to download our very special Bendrigg Recipe Book where you’ll find savoury and sweet recipes for all your favourite Bendrigg treats!

Decorations

To create the Bendrigg party atmosphere at home why not decorate your party room of choice using :

What to wear?

It’s a virtual event so the dress code couldn’t be easier… you can wear your favourite party outfit, turn up in your PJ’s, wear your Bendrigg t-shirts and caps or go all out with a fancy dress costume! The choice is yours.

Music

DJ Oli has got you covered with his special music set… make sure you sign up using the contact form above and we will email you the link to the Zoom Party ready for the party kicking off at 6pm. You can then listen to the set live on DJ Oli’s Beathubz channel or Play DJ if you have streaming issues.

Drinks

Why not create your own mocktails ready for the party? This BBC good food guide has some mouth watering ideas including Watermelon and Strawberry Slushies!

More Ideas…

Why not make it an all day party and try out some of these fun activities and crafts before joining us at 6pm.

 

We hope that’s given you enough inspiration to create a great party atmosphere and hope to see lots of your smiling faces on Zoom!


 

Head over to our events page on Facebook where you can join the discussion and share ideas with others attending!  If you have any questions at all please contact us on 01539 723766

Bendriggers Assemble – Be A Superhero!

Bendriggers Assemble – Be A Bendrigg Hero!

Superhero Series 2021 – Powered by Marvel

You don’t need an excuse to get dressed up as a superhero but we’ll give you one anyway…

Put on your best cape and become a superhero for Bendrigg Trust by taking part in a fully inclusive, accessible and SUPER fun challenge!

Bendrigg Trust are one of the Superhero Series charity friends and would love for you to be our hero and help to raise funds so we can enable more disabled people to have life changing experiences.

So are you up for the challenge? Pick from the challenges below!

Super Summer Challenges 2021

17th – 14th August 2021 – At Home Superhero’s

You can fly solo or unite with friends and family to complete your At Home mission. All we ask is that each solo participant or at least one team member considers themselves to have any type of disability.

Your mission: You can set your own super goal, from 100m to 1,000km or more! You can also choose to use your Super Senses to reach your goal!

Where: Wherever you want! Living room, garden, local park, street, countryside… The choice is yours.

When: You can choose to do your challenge on one day, over a few days or use the whole month!

How: You can run, walk, wheel, cycle, swim, skate, sniff, taste and more towards your mission… Or a combo of any/all the above! All ‘gadgets or gismos’ are welcome, from souped-up wheelchairs and adaptive bikes to canoes and rollerblades!

Dress code: Why super costumes, of course! Here’s some super inspiration to help you look and feel the part for your At Home challenge: Super costume ideas.

Super Race Packs: All entrants will receive a Super Race Pack in the post – including a medal, T-shirt and finish line tape for those celebratory finish-line moments! More on this below.

FAQs: The Superhero Series organisers have put together some ‘At Home’ FAQs to help answer any questions you may have.

Fundraising : We ask that individuals raise a minimum of £100 / teams commit to raising £200

Are you in?: To register with TEAM BENDRIGG please contact martha@bendrigg.org.uk and we’ll send you all the info you need to sign up as one of our superhero team!

At Home Superhero 2020 highlights video


Super Winter Challenges 2021

5th November – 5th December – At Home Winter Wonderwheels

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Join this super flexible At home, month long challenge which can be completed anywhere over a few days or the whole month! Set your own goal from 100m to 1,000km however you wish from swimming to skating!

This super flexible, month-long challenge lets you join the fun wherever and however you wish! The perfect motivation to keep you active through the colder months. And why not give yourself a double treat and sign up for our regular Winter Wonderwheels at Dorney Lake too!

You can fly solo or unite with friends and family to complete your mission. All we ask is that each solo participant or at least one team member considers themselves to have any type of disability.

Your mission: You can set your own super goal, from 100m to 1,000km or more! You can also choose to use your Super Senses to reach your goal!

Where: Wherever you want! Living room, garden, local park, street, countryside… The choice is yours.

When: You can choose to do your challenge on one day, over a few days or use the whole month!

How: You can run, walk, wheel, cycle, swim, skate, sniff, taste and more towards your mission… Or a combo of any/all the above! All ‘gadgets or gismos’ are welcome, from souped-up wheelchairs and adaptive bikes to canoes and rollerblades!

Dress code: Why super costumes, of course! Here’s some super inspiration to help you look and feel the part for your At Home challenge: Super costume ideas.

Super Race Packs: All entrants will receive a Super Race Pack in the post – including a medal, T-shirt and finish line tape for those celebratory finish-line moments! More on this below.

FAQs: The superhero series organisers have put together some ‘At Home’ FAQs to help answer any questions you may have.

Happy Training Superheroes!

Fundraising : We ask that individuals raise a minimum of £100 / teams commit to raising £200

Are you in?: To register with TEAM BENDRIGG please contact martha@bendrigg.org.uk and we’ll send you all the info you need to sign up as one of our superhero team!

 


5th December – Winter Wonderwheels

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This festive extravaganza is just the challenge to keep you super motivated through the colder months. Superheroes are invited to cycle, walk, run, wheel, push, or anything in between around Dorney’s spectacular lake. We have 1km, 5km and 10km challenges, so there’s something for everyone.

You can fly solo or unite your team to cycle, run, walk, push or be pushed around your choice of three scenic, lakeside distances. Anything goes! All we ask is that all solo entrants and at least one member of each team considers themselves to have any kind of disability to enter.

Don’t forget to register everyone taking part – Superheroes and Sidekick buddies – when you sign up, as only those registered as a full team member will be allowed on the course on the day. Each and every teammate will receive a T-shirt, medal and Super Kit Bag when they cross the finish line!

There are no cut-off times and all types of gadgets and gismos are welcome on the course, from day chairs, handcycles and trikes to tandems, race runners and bikes.

We’ll be turning up the festive fun to the max, so add plenty of Christmas bling to those Superhero costumes!

Fundraising : We ask that individuals raise a minimum of £100 / teams commit to raising £200

Are you up for the challenge? To register with TEAM BENDRIGG please contact martha@bendrigg.org.uk and we’ll send you all the info you need to sign up as one of our superhero team!

 

 

 

A Podcast With Cicerone Press

Inclusion and accessibility in the outdoors

A Podcast with Cicerone Press & Bendrigg Trust

We were recently invited to record a podcast with our wonderful corporate supporters, Cicerone Press, to talk about inclusion and accessibility in the outdoors.

This wonderful Kendal based business have supported Bendrigg over the last few years raising over £15,000 to support our work.

In the podcast we chat about :
*The services and experiences offered here at Bendrigg Trust
*The amazing impact of outdoor activities
*How Bendrigg have adapted throughout the pandemic
*How you can support our work

Click here to join in the conversation with Amy & Hannah from Cicerone Press and Martha our Fundraising and Marketing Officer here at Bendrigg Trust.

Read more about how Cicerone has supported the work of Bendrigg Trust here

 

Want to become a corporate partner? “Together We Can Make A Difference” Find out more about how your business can support Bendrigg and the impact your support will have.

 

 

Save Outdoor Ed

Save Outdoor Ed

A campaign to save the UK’s Outdoor Education Centres from closure

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The outdoor learning sector delivers formative educational experiences to at least 5m students across the UK every year. The sector provides over 15,000 jobs and £700m to the UK economy.

However the Impact of Covid-19 continues to be felt across all areas of Outdoor learning with reports showing an estimated lost revenue of £275 million until mid March 2021 and each day over 70,000 under 18’s and 20,000 over 18’s missing out on valuable learning experiences.

Outdoor Learning Covid-19 Impact Survey

The report conducted by UK Outdoors paints a bleak picture of the devastating impact that Covid-19 is having on the Outdoor Education sector, regardless of the efforts made by many to diversify.

Over 80% of respondents rely on residential school visits for at least half of their income

Two thirds of 127 respondents expect their income to fall by over 80% year on year

30% of respondents have disposed of assets to generate income and half of all respondents are expecting their April 2021 reserves to be down 80% on February 2020 levels

In order for the sector to survive the pandemic we need the Government to step in and provide a support package for outdoor education centres, as they have in Scotland and Ireland.

We need to shout about the #SaveOutdoorEd campaign loud enough so that the Government hear us. We can do this through telling them about the amazing impact that outdoor education has on our countries young people, and the vital role outdoor centres will play in the recovery and learning of young people after the pandemic. **Information at the bottom of this post on how you can support the campaign**

 

The Impact of Our Outdoor Activity Centre

Bendrigg Trust is a specialist outdoor activity centre which provides residential opportunities for people of all abilities including profoundly disabled and disadvantaged people. We enable people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to access adventure activities, the opportunity to do so and it is often life changing.

Our Principal Nick Liley has led the centre through an incredibly difficult time to maintain our stability as a charity, but this stability has been dependant on the Governments furlough leave scheme and significant internal fundraising efforts.

I am unwavering in my belief that Bendrigg Trust will be key to the recovery of people with disabilities following the pandemic. People with disabilities will be more isolated, have more anxiety, be less independent, be less active, have more severe health conditions and will have fewer life chances than ever before.

Bendrigg Trust will be part of the solution, renewing peoples self-confidence, independence and self-esteem. We will reconnect people with nature and with other people within the disabled community. We will have a very clear task ahead of us once things reopen and it is imperative that we receive the financial support from Government to do it.

– Nick Liley, Bendrigg Principal

 

 

Throughout the pandemic we have kept in touch with our visitors to find out their current needs and how Bendrigg can play a part in helping them through this difficult time. The truth is that most of our visitors are in a desperate situation. Many families with members who have additional needs are struggling through the pandemic a statement which is backed up by this report from the office for national statistics.

Of all the worries they had, more than 1 in 4 (27%) disabled people were most concerned about the impact on their well-being

Our research and communications showed that families are desperate for a safe outdoor space, to get away from the same 4 walls safely, reconnect with people and enable their family member with additional needs to build their independence again.

In order to support our visitors through the pandemic, we gained our Covid Good To Go badge and opened up our grounds for families to enjoy a safe accessible outdoor space with access to an accessible toilet. The demand for this was huge and peoples feedback showed how much of an impact this service had after shielding indoors for months on end. Once restrictions lifted further we applied for and secured funding to be able to offer accessible day activities for families, college groups and adults with a disability. We also ran our first ever “Winter Wonderland” trail with great success again, the feedback showed just what a huge difference having access to a safe outdoor space meant to them.

Despite the challenges faced, Bendrigg rose to the challenge and were able to welcome a total of 484 participants along with 413 carers/parents/family members since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Client Testimonial – The Whittingham’s

It has been a stressful & emotional time for anyone, but I can only share the impact on my son who has Autism & ADHD. Having to socially isolate has had a huge knock on effect on my son’s overall happiness, motivation and self esteem.

My son has major difficulties with social integration & social communication.  The importance of being included in groups in order to improve these skills, to feel included, to try new opportunities, to exercise, are so beneficial for his Autism & ADHD. Unfortunately any groups he attended, suddenly shut in March 2020 with very short notice including his school. Some groups have not been able to reopen, or have closed for good and 1-1 support with his carer stopped. My sons wellbeing has deteriorated because of the nature of the support which is aimed at increasing impendence and confidence through social, recreational & leisure activities within the local community.

The lockdown was sudden, there was no time to prepare for the disruption and change in routine. We were suddenly isolated.  Being autistic he finds social integration & communication very difficult – all the services & activities to help him with these skills stopped. He no longer was included, no longer able to develop and improve these key skills, and no longer able to feel empowered.

Every time the rules change it causes great confusion and conflict which results in fear, anxiety & frustration. We live in the countryside and normally see very few people, but when the restrictions lifted, suddenly there was an influx of people passing our home. No way were we able to go for a walk, he feared we would have to pass people in the narrow lanes and felt very vulnerable and anxious.

Being active in the outdoors has always aided in my son being able to re-focus and enjoy all of the benefits to wellbeing through being in the outdoors in the sunlight and fresh air.

Bendrigg rose to the challenge facing Covid 19 to create worthwhile outdoor experiences through creative problem solving and provided amazing opportunities that are very satisfying in meeting my sons needs.

Going to Bendrigg gave my son the opportunity to get outdoors again, somewhere he felt safe. It gave him a great sense of freedom not being controlled by the environment, virus & people around him. I believe it was a massive achievement in the face of adversity.

The activities seemed to have an immediate positive effect! Not only was it great for him to be active which helps us to have a healthier mind & body. His confidence was brimming, he was being more independent and was able to make choices with little prompting. He wasn’t clingy or hesitant, initiated conversation with the instructors  (he says the staff at Bendrigg are always friendly & supportive) & within our support  bubble we shared excitement and had lots to talk about regarding the activities, offering peer support  and encouragement and even a little bit of healthy competition.  The whole day had such a great sense of fun, I hadn’t seen my son laugh, smile,  have fun & be at total ease for months.

Through preparation, we felt safe and reassured in being able to give my son these new experiences and challenges. We were able to take part in a great range of activities in a safe & secure way – meeting the Covid 19 government requirements.

The activities at Bendrigg have had a lasting positive impact on my son, that will last a life time.  I’m sure many will remember their time at Bendrigg during the Pandemic.

What Can You Do To Support The Campaign?

There are many ways in which you can support the campaign to save outdoor education centres :

While Government restrictions make the normal operation of Residential Centres impossible, we implore them to provide financial assistance to help this viable & worthwhile industry survive this period of forced closure.

  • Write to your local MP

Once you’ve signed the petition above, you can find your local MP’s details here. Write to them to voice your support for the Save Outdoor Ed campaign sharing your personal experience of outdoor education and the impact it has had on you. Call upon them to provide financial support for the sector to ensure centres survive the pandemic.

  • Share this blog post on social media, via email or whatsapp to your friends and family asking them to take action. On social media use the hashtag #SaveOutdoorEd and tag @BendriggTrust so we can share/retweet your posts.

You could post about how outdoor education centres have impacted your life or someone you know add photos or a video telling people what you’ve done to help and why you think this campaign is so important.

  • Set up a fundraiser or make a donation to your local outdoor education centre

If the Government do not offer a package of support, we will be reliant on fundraising through trusts, foundations and the general public.

You could fundraise in aid of Bendrigg Trust to help ensure our survival so that we can be here after the pandemic to enable more disabled people to have life changing adventures.

If you’d like to make a donation to Bendrigg you can do so online here alternatively you can email Martha our fundraising and marketing officer or call our office Monday – Friday 9-5 and one of our team will be happy to help.

 

Thank you for your support together we can get through this