Job Vacancies at Bendrigg

Job Vacancies – October 2021

4 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.

For an application pack for any of the roles outlined below please email vacancies@bendrigg.org.uk

Bookings Co-ordinator – (£20,672 – £23,672 per annum FTE)

We are looking to replace our current Bookings Co-ordinator when she retires in 2022. We therefore have a vacancy and would consider both full and part time applications with successful applicants starting in January 2022. The successful candidate will work alongside our outgoing Bookings Co-ordinator for a period of time to ensure adequate hand-over.

Dates
Closing date for applications: 9am Monday 22nd November 2021.

Candidates will be asked to attend an interview with a date to be confirmed in late November/early December.

Anticipated start date: 1st January 2022

 

Activities Manager – (£30,168 – £32,168 per annum)

Bendrigg Trust is in a key transition phase as we recover from the impact of the pandemic and the Activities Manager will play a key part in this. We are entering an exciting period of development and we are now seeking an inspirational leader to oversee the team of highly skilled and experienced tutors and to drive forwards Bendrigg’s mission.

The Activities Manager’s position is an integral part of our operations as they are instrumental in the planning and management of the activity delivery at the Centre.

This opportunity is ideal for someone who is ambitious, energetic, enthusiastic and wanting to take the next step in their career.

The post holder is directly responsible to the Centre Director.

 

Dates
Closing date: Friday 12th November at midday.

Interviews to be held: Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th November 2021 (please note: candidates will be required to attend both days)

Anticipated start date: 4th January 2022

Seasonal Tutor – (£19,208 – £23,208 per annum, pro rata)

We are looking to rebuild our staff team as we move out of the pandemic. We have a vacancy for a Seasonal Tutor starting in January 2022. The successful candidate will have previous experience at outdoor centres and have a range of NGB qualifications. Experience of working with disabled people and minibus driving will be a significant advantage.

Dates
Closing date: Friday 12th November at midday.

Interviews to be held: Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th November (please note: candidates will be required to attend both days which will include activity sessions, site tour and formal interview)

Anticipated start date: 5th January 2022

 

Outdoor Activities Instructor Apprentice – (£768.62pcm)

Level 3 Outdoor Activity Instructor Apprentice

Monday 24th January 2022 to Friday 27th January 2023

Bendrigg is partnering up with Channel Training to provide this one year apprentice scheme. Please see: https://www.channeltraining.co.uk/

This is a one-year scheme for people of any age wanting to gain skills, qualifications and experience working in the outdoors with people with disabilities. Apprentices will be inducted and trained to work with Bendrigg groups and will work towards the Level 3 Outdoor Activity Instructor Apprenticeship. Experience of working with disabled people and a driving licence (held for at least 12 months) will be an advantage.

Benefits:

Holidays: Holiday entitlement will accrue at a rate of 2½ working days per month (30 days + bank holidays per year).

Training: Channel Training, an external training provider, will provide training and support towards the Level 3 Outdoor Activity Instructor Apprenticeship. Further appropriate in-house and external training opportunities will be available through consultation with the Trainee Coordinator at Bendrigg Trust.

Subsistence: Food, drinks and refreshments are provided

Accommodation: Will be available in the trainee accommodation block if required. (£100 per month will be deducted at source for accommodation)

Dates
Closing date: Friday 26th November at midday.

Interviews to be held: Monday 6th or Tuesday 7th December

Contract dates: 24th January 2021 to 27th January 2023

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….


 

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

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.

 

 

Bendrigg Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland Event

A Special Winter Wonderland Trail At Bendrigg Trust

Santa has been visiting Bendrigg for many years but this year he has asked us to host a special event that will help to spread some Christmas joy to local disabled people and their families!

The Bendrigg Elves have created a Winter Wonderland trail through our accessible 15 acre grounds where you can explore and keep your eyes peeled to tick off 12 fabulous festive installations! From nutcrackers & reindeers to candy canes and snowmen, the Bendrigg Elves have really gone to tinsel town for this special event.

Our Yurt will be transformed into Santa’s grotto and although the big man himself won’t be here (we think he’s got stuck in the tube slide!), one of our very friendly Bendrigg Elves will be waiting to present you with a small gift.

Thanks to funding from The Hadfield Trust & Windermere & Ambleside Lions, this event is free to attend. However all places MUST be pre-booked on our booking portal. To make things as safe as possible for everyone, bookings will allow a maximum of 1 family bubble (6 people) or one class bubble per time slot. ​Booking arrival times will be staggered by 30 minutes to allow plenty of time and space in-between each family, there shouldn’t be more than 2 families on site at any one time and in our 15 acre grounds you’ll barley notice there is anyone else here.

Please refer to the further information below if you have any questions. Once you book your place you’ll receive a confirmation email with further information about parking, toilets etc.

 

 

Further Information

Dates & Times

This event will be held between Friday 18th – Wednesday 23rd December and you must book to attend. Bookings will be available from 9am in 30 minute slots with last entry at 4:30pm.


How long will we have to do the trail?

The trail will take about 40 minutes to walk around depending on the speed you wander.


Will there be other families on site?

Booking arrivals will be staggered by 30 minutes and families will have 1 hour to explore the trail ensuring safe social distancing along the trail in our 15 acre grounds (you’ll barely notice there is any one else here!). To make things as safe as possible for everyone booking will allow a maximum of 1 family/household bubble up to 6 people per time slot. The only other people in the grounds will be Bendrigg Staff.


How Much Does It Cost?

This event is free of charge, there is no pressure to do so, but if you would like to make a donation there will be a box on the day for cash donations or you can make a donation online here.

Are Bendrigg Covid ‘Good to Go’?

Yes Bendrigg are ‘Covid Good to Go’ and will adhere to all government guidelines to keep you safe. We ask that you please remain responsible ensuring your family do the same in order to keep our staff safe. (Social distancing, face masks inside & hand washing/sanitising) more details will be sent upon booking but if you’d like to read any of our policies please go to our website here.

Group Numbers

Group numbers should be limited to 6 and we ask that you only visit Bendrigg with members of your own household or support bubble unless exemptions apply.

Can you travel to Bendrigg to access this service?

Please do not visit Bendrigg if you or anyone in your household have Covid-19 symptoms. More information on Covid-19 symptoms can be found on the NHS website here.
Currently Cumbria is in Tier 2. Information on the Tier 2 restrictions can be found on the Government website here.

If you live in a Tier 3 area you should avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including Cumbria which is in Tier 2. There are exemptions to this, for example, ‘to access voluntary, charitable or youth services’. To this end, with the procedures we have in place, we are able to accept families from local, Tier 3 areas who are in need of this service. More information on the Tier 3 restrictions can be found on the Government website here. We ask that you check the guidance and if you believe you come under the exemptions described, we are happy to accept your booking. Please contact us on 01539723766 Mon-Fri 9-5 if you have any questions.

Might the event be cancelled?

We may need to cancel this event at short notice and we will notify you as soon as possible if this is the case. As the event is ‘free of charge’, we will not need to make any refund to you.

 

Book your place here :

https://bendrigg.cinolla.com/bendrigg/courses/winter-wonderland 

 

Should you have any further questions after reading the above information please contact our team 9-5 on 01539 723766. Please note that we are currently running on reduced staff capacity and will endeavour to respond to your enquiry as quickly as possible, thank you for your patience.

 

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.

 

 

“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! 

A tale of Bendy Pot

At Bendrigg we see the impact that a high-quality residential has on our clients every day. People discover what is truly within them – what depths of character, what powers of determination, what sense of joy. It is no exaggeration to say that for many visitors, a stay at Bendrigg can prove to be a life-changing experience for both participants and volunteers/carers/teachers alike! ‘When Joel got the Bends’ is a wonderful case study from Birmingham Phab Camps volunteer James about the importance of  perceptions and ultimately believing in yourself and others. Read the full story here.

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