The Bendrigg Trust is a residential activity centre located in beautiful countryside between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. It is one of the few centres in the UK running holidays and courses specifically for people with special needs. Set in 15 acres of grounds, Bendrigg Lodge has been extensively refurbished to extend the facilities avilable for people with more severe disabilities.
Groups and individuals come to the centre for a week or weekend, from schools and colleges for children with special needs, clubs, hospitals, community groups and disability organisations. People of all ages and abilities can take part in activities they have never contemplated before. Programmes are 'tailor-made' for each group and a wide variety of activities can be incorporated. These may include: climbing, abseiling, canoeing, caving, sailing and orienteering.
Since 2003, we have been raising funds to build an indoor activities hall to provide a range of additional resources for our visiting groups and the wider community. In October 2007, the Kinross Building, named after John Kinross who founded the Trust in 1978, was opened.
The building contains an indoor 'state of the art' climbing wall, which we believe is the best indoor climbing facility in the UK for people with a disability. The new hall also includes: a fully computerised sensory room, an under-floor caving system, including a section that is wheelchair accessible, a large games area and a lounge for visiting groups, which can also be used as a reception area for day visitors and as conference/classroom facilities.
Bendrigg is open throughout the year and a team of qualified and experienced tutors are employed to deliver activities. Bendrigg Trust is registered by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority.