It’s what you can do that counts…
A registered charity, for over 40 years, the Lake District Calvert Trust has been welcoming guests with disabilities to our dedicated centre, so that they can enjoy the benefits of outdoor activities in a safe and accessible, yet challenging environment. Although part of the Calvert Trust family, with other centres in Exmoor and Kielder, the centre in the Lake District was the first to open and retains a unique feel and approach.
Set in a stunning location overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake, our main centre is fully accessible throughout, with us also having our own stables and boathouse at separate nearby locations. We endeavour to run as many activities as possible out in the wider Lake District so that our residents also get to explore one of the most beautiful parts of the UK.
As part of our charitable aims, we also offer locals and visitors alike the opportunity to use our state of the art water centre and riding school to ensure that every aspect of what we do is open to as many people as possible.
Staff, Trustees, residents and occasional visitors, everyone contributes to the Calvert Trust belief that ‘it’s what you can do that counts’.
People with disabilities sharing in life’s opportunities.
Flexible – We adapt and innovate
Ambitious – We stretch ourselves and our guests
Inspiring – We encourage and stimulate
Sensitive – We understand and empathise
Imaginative – We see beyond the obvious
Our mission is to enable people with disabilities to achieve their potential through the challenge of adventurous activities in the countryside in order for them to develop, change perceptions and make positive and lasting changes to their lives.
What has been said about us..
The activities that we do while at the Calvert Trust help build strong relationships encourage communication and teamwork and are ideal as our attendees work together to build their confidence and self-esteem irrespective of the nature or complexities of their disabilities. Away from home and in a residential setting, they also have the opportunity to become more independent rather than having to rely on their families or carers to do some of the things they are actually capable of doing themselves, but just need the confidence and opportunity to practice. A shared experience such as this is something they will remember for the rest of their lives and can have a lasting benefit long after the week has finished.Mark, Group Leader, Rotary District 1190
The activity schedule is about meeting physical limitations, but stretching and challenging individuals so that they can overcome their fears. The children most definitely get advantages from the trip in terms of self-confidence and empathy with their peers, but what really develops is our understanding of the children as individuals. Seeing them in a challenging external, and a domestic environment, means that you learn more about them in a week than you do in a year in the school. It also means in the classroom at a later date, you can refer back to that shared experience to engage with them on a level that would not have been possible otherwise.Tony, Group Leader, Astley Park School