Next Step Trust Day Centre – “It’s all magic to us!”

Monday 1st October – Friday 5th October 2018, 24 visitors

The Next Step Trust from Yorkshire are a day centre for young adults with complex needs and disabilities. This is their 5th visit to the Calvert Trust and we caught up with Nicky, one of the group leaders with the 24-strong group.

Nicky explained that they choose the Calvert Trust because it meets the needs of their clients. The Centre is able to accommodate the large size of their groups, which Nicky says is one of the redeeming features. The group have been busy during their stay, having enjoyed canoeing, high-ropes course and zip wire, horse riding, bushcraft, indoor climbing, a day on the catamaran and have enjoyed time in the hydrotherapy pool.

Nicky thought that the horse and trap riding have been a highlight for the group, whilst the most challenging activity was the high ropes as this has provided a massive sense of achievement. Nicky explained further, “We have one young lady who every year is taking a step closer and gaining confidence on the high ropes; it’s a slow process and she is building up to completing the course.”  Nicky is planning on bringing her next year and is sure she will complete it!

Despite the wet weather on the last day of the course, Nicky still says that the week has had a positive impact on the group. “This is the first time away for a couple of our young adults, and they have just loved it; they have tried everything. A total change to how they would normally be back home.”

Nicky is bringing bigger groups every year as more people want to join in on the trip. Advice to groups looking to book a course at the Calvert is to “Just come and enjoy! It’s a great experience – the carers get a lot out of it as well.”

Asked what two words describe their stay here, Nicky replied enjoyable and homely. “It is so familiar to everyone, the group and staff know what to expect.”

Nicky perhaps summed it up when asked if there has been a magic moment of the visit. Nicky replied “It’s all magic to us!”

We look forward to welcoming the Next Step Trust to the Lake District Calvert Trust next year, when hopefully we can do our magic again!


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