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….


 

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!

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

Wellbeing Weekend
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.

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.

 

“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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How outdoor learning benefits people with disabilities

Ask any adult what their fondest memory of school is and most will come back with an exciting story about a residential trip; how they explored, played, took risks, tried new things and made new friends. At the time, you don’t realise how these experiences shape who you become later in life.

The Government are committed to making such opportunities available to everyone, no matter their background, ability or needs. In their recent white paper ‘Educational Excellence Everywhere’, the Department for Education outlined the need for every child to have experiences that equip them with “the knowledge, skills, values, character traits and experiences that will help them to navigate a rapidly changing world with confidence”.

High-quality residentials play an important part in this aim with impacts being seen immediately. The research project, Learning Away, demonstrated the impact that residential learning can have on learner engagement, achievement and relationships. They found that “a residential learning experience provides opportunities and benefits/impacts that cannot be achieved in any other educational context”. These traits not only open doors to employment and social opportunities but underpin academic success, happiness and wellbeing.

It can be argued that these benefits are even more profound and life-changing for the 0.9million children (7%) in the UK who are disabled. High-quality residentials provide “opportunities for students with disabilities to be engaged in physical activities” which is greatly needed as 86% of families with disabled children go without leisure activities. Add to this the fact that 65% of families caring for disabled children report feeling isolated frequently or all of the time and the need for truly inclusive outdoor provision is clear.

Inspiration through adventure

“George” (a pseudonym) was one such student for whom a brilliant residential had a profoundly positive benefit. Therry, a teacher who frequently brought students on residential courses to Bendrigg Trust, tells his story:

The youngest student we ever had with the team was an 8 year old young man, George, with cerebral palsy, epilepsy and profound visual and auditory impairments. This was to be his first time away from his family and home. He blossomed with his responses and became so smiley and noisy (to the degree of cheeky!) showing us there were ways around, through and over the barriers we previously had believed to be there in the school environment.

Once free of his wheelchair and secure in his climbing gear, George felt his way carefully up the climbing wall requiring minimal support from Bendrigg staff but making his own choices, as his fingers and feet found bumps, hollows and things to push and pull on. He was able to fly along the zip wire with happy howls of delight and his eyes, which we understood to provide him with no vision, sparkled. We know that Bendrigg worked its magic in ways no one could have imagined and we are so grateful that George was able to have this experience. I wish it was possible to bottle this ‘Bendrigg magic’ from start to finish so everyone could see, and truly believe what each individual can achieve.

“George” may be a made-up name but his story is real.

Bendrigg Trust believes in the impact that high-quality residential courses can have for young people with a disability; combining activities that they never dreamt possible with a welcoming and inclusive home-from-home. From learning to make your own bed to taking your first journey in a canoe, Bendrigg believes in giving young people skills for life, an increased motivation and appetite for learning and broadening horizons, often opening up a whole new world of opportunity.

 

Do you have a story about the impact outdoor learning? Comment below and let us know!