Over 40 Years Experience…
Bendrigg Trust are a leading specialist outdoor centre for people with disabilities and from disadvantaged backgrounds.
For 40 years we have developed continuously, ensuring we remain at the forefront of disability innovation.
Bendrigg Trust is proud to be one of the first Outdoor Education Centres in the UK, to be awarded the AHOEC GOLD standard badge. This also entitles Bendrigg to display both the ‘Learning outside the Classroom’ and the ‘Adventuremark’ badges. The AHOEC GOLD standard is awarded for excellent standards of safety and quality in all areas of its provision, proving we are a leader in our field.
We are proud to share our knowledge, expertise and skills with others through consultancy. Working towards our mission & values to…
Promote inclusion, encourage independence & build confidence for people with disabilities, through the safe provision of adventurous activities.
The video below highlights what we do here at Bendrigg and the incredible impact for our participants. In this case, the wonderful pupils from Wilson Stuart School.
Who Are Our Consultancy Services For?
Our training and consultancy is open to anyone who wants to develop their services to be more inclusive.
This could include :
- Outdoor Education Centres
- Activity Providers
- Youth Centres
We have some fantastic relationships with others through our consultancy projects, such as Windermere Based – Tree Top Treks. In 2019 they were awarded Highly Commended in the Cumbria Tourism Awards for their dedication to improving Accessibility and Inclusion. Read more here : https://www.treetoptrek.co.uk/blog/adventure-all-accessibility-treetop-trek
All full-time staff have taken part in two Disability Awareness Training days with local charity, The Bendrigg Trust, to help our staff grow in confidence in working with people with disabilities and help with the delivery of inclusive activities at our sites. The team have fully embraced this training and we’ve seen a huge change in their confidence and ability to welcome people with additional needs to Treetops.
Consultancy & Training Courses
Bespoke Consultancy & Training at your site
Based on your objectives we can tailor make a programme of consultancy, training or both. This could include :
- A full assessment of the accessibility of your site
- Expertise on how to develop your existing facilities to make them more inclusive
- Advice for future developments
- Develop the staff team with the skills needed to provide inclusive experiences
Disability Awareness Training
This training is designed to increase staff confidence in working with disabled people and in the delivery of inclusive activities.
Disability awareness training can be tailored to your needs. We’ll start by asking what you want to achieve from the training and then work from this to put together training that meets your objectives.
Climbing For All
Climbing For All is a one day course providing an introduction to instructing disabled people in climbing.
The purpose of the course is to provide instructors and coaches with increased confidence and skills to enable people with disabilities to experience, enjoy and progress in climbing.
The course also provides an opportunity to test your instructing skills in new territories.
MTA members will receive 1 CPD point for attending this course.
Depending on your existing knowledge you can chose from :
Half Day Beginner Course – this provides an introduction to disability awareness in a Paddle-sport setting.
Intermediate Full Day Course – this is aimed at coaches wishing to develop their knowledge of adaptive equipment and coaching principles.
This course is accredited by British Canoeing
Moving & Assisting People In The Outdoor Environment
The aim of the course is to train delegates in the current and best practice when moving and assisting people in the outdoor environment.
We also run open courses throughout the year for individuals who want to develop their personal skill set in the different areas of training as listed above.
If you are interested in booking onto any of our training courses or would like to talk to us about consultancy, please contact us on 01539 723766 or via our Contact Form.