Bendrigg Trust is a residential outdoor education centre specialising in working with groups of disabled and disadvantaged young people. We aim to promote independence, encourage inclusion and build self-confidence through the provision of adventurous activities delivered by trained and qualified staff.
Bendrigg started its operation in 1978 and we currently run courses for over 3,500 disabled and disadvantaged young people. Groups come to Bendrigg from all parts of the country. We are one of the very few providers of such facilities for disabled and disadvantaged people in the UK.
The centre is located in beautiful countryside between Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. There are two accommodation units in 15 acres of grounds: Bendrigg Lodge, with beds for up to 40 people. The Lodge is fully accessible to wheelchair users with ramp and lift access to the first floor. The other accommodation unit is Oakwood, a self-contained building, in our grounds, that can accommodate up to 20 people in small dormitories.
Groups come to Bendrigg, 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.
All programmes are ‘tailor-made’ for each group and a wide variety of activities can be incorporated depending on specific aims. These may include; climbing, abseiling, canoeing, caving, sailing, orienteering as well as other indoor and outdoor activities and projects. On-site we have an indoor climbing wall, sensory room, underground maze, large games area and teaching facility.
Bendrigg is open throughout the year with a team of qualified and experienced tutors employed to deliver the activities. Groups stay at Bendrigg to fulfil a variety of objectives. The flexibility of approach at Bendrigg means that this can be accommodated with ease.