Founded in 1976, Calvert Trust is the inspiration of John Fryer-Spedding, whose vision was to enable people with disabilities to benefit from outdoor activities in the countryside. The Lake District Calvert Trust now employs 42 permanent staff and they welcome over 3,500 people every year to their specialist facilities.
Their facilities and activities are accessible to people of all ages with sensory, learning or physical disabilities, including those with the most complex needs for which most outdoor centres cannot cater.
Full range of outdoor activities
The main site above Lake Bassenthwaite is built around an 18th century farmhouse and byre and can cater for up to 60 guests. Rooms are specifically designed to enable the care of those with profound and complex disabilities with a full range of additional specialist equipment available on request.
Separately on the outskirts of Keswick, they have a 16th Century tithe barn (which is in the process of being redeveloped into a specialist residential unit for those recovering from acquired brain injury) and a riding school.
They offer a full range of activities from high ropes course to ghyll scrambling and hand cycling to archery. For a full list of all activities, click here.
Revolutionary water centre
Their revolutionary purpose-built Water Centre opened in 2011 as part of a £3.5m development and is available to use by residents, the local community, visitors to the Lake District and care organisations.
It provides a complete sensory experience for users both with and without disabilities and includes:
- A fully accessible 12x6m multi-sensory hydrotherapy pool, combining ‘state of the art’ technology with the warmth of hydrotherapy, being heated to 32o
- A Poolside Sauna.
- A well-equipped Multi-Sensory Room.
- Light and pleasant indoor and outdoor seating areas.
A special feature of the pool is that the depth of the water can (with prior arrangement with Calvert Trust staff) be raised or lowered via a movable pool floor.
To find out more about the Lake District Calvert Trust, visit their Web site.