Wellbeing Weekend

Wellbeing Weekend At Bendrigg Trust

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

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

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

The King’s Fund.

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

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The Kings Fund Report

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

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

The Wellbeing Weekend has been designed to help people rebuild their confidence, gain back some independence and take part in wellbeing activities to help towards good mental health.

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

This 3 night course will encompass :

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

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

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

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

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

Wellbeing Weekend

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

Alex Staniforth

Course Details

Dates

Friday 29th October 2021 – Monday 1st November 2021

Prices

Participant £485         Carers £425

The price is fully inclusive of:

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

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

How to book

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

Financial Support

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

 

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

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

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.

 

 

An Update From The Bendrigg Team

Bendrigg Trust Update 04/01/2021

Bendrigg is currently closed to the public as of 04/01/2021 & is not accepting volunteers. Our office remains open with limited office staff working on essential tasks such as planning for the future, communications and fundraising. If you would like to talk to us about a future trip or if you have a query please call us during normal office hours on 01539723766 and we will do our best to help.

We were so proud of our ability to adapt during 2020 and although we weren’t able to offer our normal residential services as of March 2020, we still made a huge impact on the lives of disabled people and their families through our grounds access days, adventures activities for families and adults and our Winter Wonderland event.

Feedback from the Whittingham Family

“Bendrigg rose to the challenge facing Covid 19. They created worthwhile outdoor experiences through creative problem solving and were able to provide opportunities that were satisfying in meeting our needs whilst also being great fun!

My son has ADHD and Autism, being locked down has negatively impacted his overall happiness, motivation and self-esteem. Being autistic he finds social integration & communication very difficult, all of the services & activities to help him with these skills stopped because of the pandemic.  He was isolated and no longer able to develop & improve these key skills.

The activities at Bendrigg seemed to have an immediate positive effect! My son’s confidence was brimming, he was being more independent through being able to make choices.  The day gave him and us a huge sense of achievement.”

The need for accessible outdoor adventures for disabled people is growing and even more essential than before. Bendrigg are working hard to do all we can to be there for families like the Whittingham’s once it is safe for us to re-open.

How Can You Support Bendrigg Trusts Work in 2021?

We’ve been asked how people can support Bendrigg throughout 2021 and we’ve put together some ways that you can get involved in supporting us below.

💚 Fundraise for Bendrigg

Even though our doors are closed right now, we still have vital work going on behind the scenes with fundraising, planning and building/grounds maintenance, this is so that when we’re allowed, we are ready to provide safe outdoor space and adventure activities for disabled people and their families. It is the unavoidable and necessary costs like heating, hot water, staff time and maintenance that are essential and enable things like our free grounds access days and the Winter Wonderland to take place as they take considerable planning and staff time – every little really does help and we are always extremely grateful for your support.

You could take on a fitness challenge, host a special zoom party or organise a front room family quiz in aid of Bendrigg… whatever takes your fancy! For fundraising help and advice please call or email Martha – martha@bendrigg.org.uk

💚 Help to raise awareness

You can help to raise awareness by sharing your experience with friends, family or anyone you know who may benefit from our services in future. Although we aren’t open now, as soon as we can, we will be offering services for disabled people and their families and the more people who know about us, the better! So follow our social media pages by clicking the links below, share a post, tag a friend and share your experience with others to help spread the word.

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn

💚 Leave a review

When we are able to open again we expect that people may be worried about Covid safety measures and hearing from people who have already been to Bendrigg and experienced our services can make all the difference. You can leave reviews here on our Facebook page, Google and on Euan’s Guide.

 

💚 Take care of yourselves

In the meantime, we will be trying to keep in touch with you all as much as possible through social media and our E-newsletter spreading the Bendrigg Buzz with helpful information and positive vibes to you at home. We know this is such a difficult time for many of our visitors and we want to let you all know that you are all in our hearts. We can’t wait to welcome you back soon for some more adventures.

With love, from the Bendrigg Family x

 

 

Accessible Activities For Adults

Accessible Activities For Adults With A Disability

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic we are able to offer some subsidised Adult Day Activities for a limited time throughout September and October.

Thanks to funding, Bendrigg can offer some heavily subsidised half day activities over the coming months for adults with a disability, their friends and families. The cost of £72 is for up to 12 people maximum, at least one of which must be an adult (aged 18years+) with a disability.

To ensure we support as many people as possible booking is limited to one day per disabled adult. Please book your slot and we will be in touch to find out more details about your group (number of people, ages, needs etc.)

Half day activities will run from 1.30pm- 4.30pm and could include a selection of activities such as canoeing, cycling, sensory room, archery, zip wire, orienteering, sensory swing and tube slide. Activity availability depends on a number of factors so not all activities may be available on each day. After booking, one of our Tutors will be in touch with you to discuss your individual requirements and suitable activities.

Book Your Place Online Today!

 

Fancy getting away for a weekend or week of adventures instead? Find out more about our Adult holidays here.

 

Accessible Activities For Families

Accessible Activities For Families with A Disabled Child

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic we are able to offer some subsidised Family Day Activities for a limited time throughout September and October.

Thanks to funding, Bendrigg can offer some heavily subsidised day activities over the coming months for families with a disabled child. The cost of £144 is for the whole family however at least one child must have a disability and be aged 17 years or younger to access these activity days. Each day is for one family/bubble (up to a maximum of 12 people).

To ensure we support as many people as possible booking is limited to one day per family. Please book your slot using our booking link below and we will be in touch to find out more details about your family (number of people, ages, needs etc.)

Day activities will run from 9.30am-4.30pm and could include a selection of activities such as canoeing, cycling, sensory room, archery, zip wire, orienteering, sensory swing and tube slide. Activity availability depends on a number of factors so not all activities may be available on each day. After booking, one of our Tutors will be in touch with you to discuss your individual requirements and suitable activities.

Book Your Place Online Today!

 

 

Fancy staying over for a weekend of activities with your family? Find out more about our Family Weekend Holidays here.

 

 

Rare Disease Film Festival Awards

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

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

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

Category : Best Agency Charity Collaboration

Film – Climbing : The Ripple Effect

We Won!

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

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

People’s Choice Award

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

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

Congratulations

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

 

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

 

 

Make plans today, and you’ll be solid tomorrow

What People with Disabilities Need to Know About Planning for Their Financial Future – by Ed Carter

Practical self-care is something that many people with all kinds of disabilities can strive toward if they are smart about their finances. Not only can having a disability reduce your earning potential as you age, it can also increase the amount of money you’ll need to spend on medical, nursing, and custodial care. Here are some things you need to know about planning for your financial future.

Income vs. expenses

First things first: Get a handle on your budgeting (present and future). It may sound reductive to boil it all down to money in and money out, but that’s a good place to start. Knowing how much your disability costs you can help you better plan for how to fill in the financial gaps. On average, people with disabilities spend £583 more per month than their non-disabled peers.

Income includes money made through employment, government benefits, disability benefits, pensions, investment payouts, etc. Expenses are tougher to calculate because they can change rapidly — especially in terms of medical needs. It is your task to anticipate — as much as you can — your future care needs. Will you eventually need in-home nursing care? Perhaps a wheelchair? Maybe surgeries? It could be something as simple as hearing aids. Find out what your insurance will cover and then figure out ways to supplement your income.

Know your supplemental income options

Your first step is to look at your Personal Independence Payments, which range from £23.20 to £148.85 per week. Other options include adding riders to your life insurance policy, purchasing supplemental long-term care insurance, and opening a savings account to offset medical expenses. You will also want to start saving with the sole purpose of using said funds for later life care. These should be a savings funds separate from your other savings accounts, like your emergency fund for instance.

Downsizing is an option

Downsizing is an option that many with disabilities consider when they begin to approach their golden years. By moving into a smaller home and paring down your many possessions, you can not only save on your monthly mortgage, utilities, and all other home-related expenses, you will also make your daily life less stressful and put less strain on your body.

Choosing to downsize can be an emotional experience, even if it helps you stay independent as you age. If you experience sadness and trepidation, know that it’s completely normal and you can cope with it.

You need to have “The Conversation”

What conversation? The Conversation — the one you may be putting off because it’s uncomfortable or you feel you’re burdening your family. It’s the one where you make known, in no uncertain terms, your choices about your own care. There may come a time when your health care and finances need attending to and you are unable to do it on your own, so your family must be 100 percent certain of your desires.

One final word about planning for your financial future: Do what you can now to minimize your financial burden later. Many things about your disability are out of your control, but eating right, staying fit, and keeping your stress levels and mental health in check are not. Remember that your financial future is only as insecure as you allow it to be now. Make plans today, and you’ll be solid tomorrow.

 

Guest Blog written for The Bendrigg Trust by Ed Carter of AbleFutures.org

Ed is a retired financial planner and has created the Able Futures website to provide helpful financial information to members of the disabled community.

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