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

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!

 

 

 

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

 

 

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.

Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash

 

 

White Stuff Charity Champs raise £15,000 for Bendrigg

For the original article by Holly Watson for the Kendal Chronicle please click here.

Local Kendal shop receives Major Donor Gold Award for contributions towards Bendrigg Trust

White Stuff is a well-known brand worldwide, but back in April 2014 they brought the big-name brand to the little market town of Kendal. Since the opening nearly three years ago, it has gained immense popularity amongst the locals and those a bit further afield, becoming a staple shop for the fashion-conscious residents of the Lake District.

But the shop prides itself on more than selling clothes – it is a big part of the Kendal community. The White Stuff brand builds long-term relationships with local charities all over the country through their Foundation, linking every shop with a charity and supporting them by giving funds, time and material support.

When deciding on Kendal’s charity partner, White Stuff even got Kendal residents involved with the decision, asking people to vote on who the shop’s charity should be back in March 2014. An overwhelming 86% of the vote went to Bendrigg Trust – a local charity providing adventure activities for disabled and disadvantaged people of all ages.

As part of their pledge, the White Stuff Foundation also matches any money raised by the shop for the charity, doubling each donation that Bendrigg receives. This has meant that, since the opening of the shop nearly three years ago, White Stuff Kendal have raised an incredible £15,000 for the charity, earning them the ‘Major Donor Gold Award’ for their contributions.

White Stuff regular Dawn Kirkpatrick, of Beast Banks, praised the shop for their work with the trust:

“I think it’s great how much the staff do for charity, and more shops should be doing it! It’s just another incentive for me to shop here.”

Julie Bond, 28, agrees:

“It’s lovely to see such a recognised brand helping make such a big difference to a small local charity – even the 5p carrier bag charge doesn’t go to the company, it goes direct to the charity!”

The Kendal management team regularly send out staff to the charity’s base in Old Hutton, most recently to help with the development of Acorn House, a completely accessible accommodation unit on their site at Bendrigg Lodge, which you can read about here.

But the team does much more than just helping out around the Lodge; they regularly hold fundraisers instore and even embark on challenging tasks in order to raise money for the charity.

Last summer on behalf of White Stuff, vet student Phil McKean completed the gruelling ‘Total Warrior’ course raising funds for Bendrigg, while other staff from the shop supported him and the charity by marshalling the race.

Phil said about the experience:

“It was by far one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but one of the most rewarding. I managed to raise £263 for Bendrigg, and I couldn’t have done it without the help from the staff at White Stuff”.

The staff themselves have also braced the adventurous side of fundraising, with two of the shops product advisors, Sarah and Sam, completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge back in October 2015, raising an amazing £455. This was then matched by the Foundation, bringing the total to £910.

Manager Emma also ran across 10 of the Lake District’s highest peaks in just 24 hours back in June 2014:

“I travelled over 73km, crossing mountains, streams and bogs, ran in the dark and made it back by 1am! The route covered 5,600m of ascent and included climbing Helvellyn, Scafell and Skiddaw to name just a dfew of the peaks. It was incredible challenging. My poor body!”

Despite the difficulty of the challenge, she says, “it was definitely worth it though – Bendrigg is a fantastic charity who are dedicated to every individual who goes there. They are a very inspirational charity and I feel privileged to be helping raise funds for such a worthy cause.”

Emma managed to raise £442 for Bendrigg, nearly double her target.

Not all the staff at the Kendal shop are able to go to such lengths for charity but they still contribute as often as they can – whether it’s the Cross Bay Walk, knitting a quilt or volunteering at the Lodge.

Bendrigg’s Fundraising and Marketing Officer Sarah Garman told me how much the Trust appreciates White Stuff’s work and support: “White Stuff have raised over £14,500 since starting to support us, and this has had a huge impact on Bendrigg. The funds go towards our core costs which are often the hardest costs to fundraise for. This can include heating, lighting, replacement of equipment, staff costs and so on.

“On average this has meant that donations from White Stuff annually have been around £4,500 – this is around 5% of our annual core cost required – an amazing amount!

“White Stuff are one of just a few corporate partners who support us, but by far donate the most to Bendrigg.”

The Kendal store’s Deputy Manager Joanne Addison says,

“the next step is to to improve on our Donor Gold Award. The one we currently have is for making between £10,001 and £25,000, so the next step would be to reach the Platinum Award of £25,000 and over, which we are most certainly keen to do.”

And with the incredible amount they’ve managed to raise already, it seems like they’ll make it!