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

What Bendrigg Means To Us…

What Bendrigg Means To Us…

A guest blog from Dawn Flint, mum to the lovely Lewis, 14.

 

What does Bendrigg mean to Lewis and I? Everything!

Throughout Lewis’ life ‘He’s happy watching the other children’ is a phrase I’ve heard time and time again. Those words are guaranteed to make my blood boil! Lewis is not happy watching others, he wants to be involved in everything.

We often describe Lewis as a white knuckle child.

He loves adventure, activity and speed. Bendrigg is one of very few places where he can experience all of those and participate in absolutely everything on offer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lewis is 14 and has an un-diagnosed genetic condition.

He has no independent mobility or speech and is reliant on us for all his care needs. Lewis uses an eye gaze communication aid to communicate and is constantly talking about Bendrigg, telling us that he loves the climbing wall, tube slide and indoor swing.

Lewis has been to Bendrigg 9 or 10 times over the last 5 years either with myself on family weekends or with school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can honestly say that our weekends at Bendrigg are the highlights of our year!

Watching Lewis climb walls and abseil back down, laugh with delight as he goes down a tube slide, relax in the amazing sensory room, grin as he spins round the room on a swing suspended from the ceiling to his favorite music and all alongside friends. It’s a truly heart-warming and magical place.

The staff at Bendrigg are amazing, taking as much time as is needed to make sure every child can participate. It’s all done with smiles on their faces and encouraging words. It truly is our favorite place to be, offering adventure, fun and friendship for all.


Check out some more heart warming testimonials and Bendrigg stories from families, groups, individuals and volunteers here.

What does Bendrigg mean to you? Get in touch with Martha our Marketing and Fundraising Officer to share your story.

 

 

“None of us know our limits until we are allowed to test them”

After commenting on a recent twitter post about his trip to Bendrigg in 1992 & 1993, we asked Mark to share his story!

 

“In the early 90’s I was a support worker, employed by an inner London borough, working in the community supporting a small group of brain injured people. The work was tough but fun, my colleagues and clients became lifelong friends. My boss Paul was a very dry-humoured Cumbrian, exiled to London, and one day he came up with the idea of a holiday at Bendrigg.”

I was utterly stunned by the setting

“Before long we were packing up the persistently unreliable minibus and making the journey up the motorway. I had never been to the Lake District before and I was utterly stunned by the setting, it was a far cry from the inner London estate we had come from. For one of our guys it was one of the first times he had ever been out of central London, it was a genuine culture shock. I remember his face as we surveyed the open spaces and huge sky.”

We did things that I did not think could be done

“Our care tasks remained the same whether we were in London or the Lakes. People needed support to wash, dress and eat etc but now we were adding activities such as canoeing, abseiling and caving to our days. We did things that I did not think could be done, people with very limited movement and even more limited opportunity, took on physical tasks that looked impossible. It was the Bendrigg staff that made the impossible possible, it was their knowledge, encouragement and belief that pushed us all, me and my colleagues included, to go beyond what we thought we could do. True bravery is wheeling yourself backwards off of an abseiling wall when you have never attempted anything like that before and you never thought you could do it; I saw that happen more than once.”

It was a week of working hard and playing hard

“I recall that the evenings were as much fun as the days. I was taught to fire-breathe, a trick I still wheel out from time to time, much to the amazement of my own children (and the horror of health and safety officers the world over); but my inability to learn how to juggle has persisted. The week flew by and, following a second visit by the nice man from the AA, we packed the van and hit the M6 South. We were all exhausted, but we had earn’t this tiredness, it was a week of working hard and playing hard. It was so hard that we booked for the following year and did it all again (as did the nice man from the AA).”

None of us know our limits until we are allowed to test them

“It is more than quarter of a century since I last visited Bendrigg Lodge, I see from photographs that the centre has expanded but has remained true to its aims of inclusion and pushing boundaries and expectations. None of us know our limits until we are allowed to test them, many of us are hesitant, needing the support of trusted people to enable us to go one step further. Bendrigg did that for my clients, my colleagues and me. In the intervening years I am sorry to say that three of my four clients and two of my five colleagues have now passed away, some of my happiest memories of them all are of being on the wind-swept hillsides or lakes near Bendrigg. I still work with people affected by brain injury.”

They taught me to see ability

“My visits to Bendrigg were amongst the hardest working weeks I have ever had but they remain the most memorable too. They taught me to see ability, they showed me what it means to work in a team and they formed a lifelong love of the outdoors. I am a city-boy but I relax by spending time in the hills. I am certain that Bendrigg has had an impact on thousands of people in a similar way and I look forward to seeing it continue to thrive and give life-changing opportunities to many.”

 

Do you have a Bendrigg Story you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you!