Project information

Ability & Advantage V. Disability & Disadvantage

To provide bursary funding which will allow-
Disabled people with physical, sensory and learning difficulties, of all ages and abilities to take part in challenging adventure breaks
Young Carers from Devon to attend Carers breaks at Calvert providing them with respite from their caring roles.

December 2011 - December 2012

Charity information

Calvert Trust Exmoor

Calvert Trust Exmoor logo
  • Need


    Our “life changing” challenging activity programme has the ability to turn a “can’t do” mentality into a “can do” approach, to teach team working, social skills, build confidence and self esteem all whilst having fun! But many of our visitors are financially disadvantaged and without bursary assistance cannot take advantage of the benefits that the “Calvert Experience” provides.
    At present we have a waiting list for those who want to visit but insufficient funds to offer them a bursary.


    We aim to raise £120,000 enabling us to offer bursary assistance to more disabled individuals & their families on low incomes and to provide more Young Carers weekends for Devon’s Young Carers.
    More disabled and disadvantaged individuals will benefit from a challenging outdoor adventure break like Lily- see quote below
    “Seeing Lily who spends most of her day in a wheelchair get out and abseil was AMAZING! Her sense of achievement was huge, there was nothing that was 'off-limits' to her”

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    to be the catalyst to increase self confidence, self esteem & personal development


    » Provide the opportunity for an increased number of disabled and disadvantaged people to experience & benefit from adventurous outdoor activities.

    Success will be...
    Enriching the lives of visitors whose social and leisure opportunities are greatly limited by their disabilities or by the disabilities of those they care for.

  • Impact


    Some of those helped will be able to participate in activities for the first time ever and will have profound life changing experiences. All of our visitors/beneficiaries will have positive experiences which wil help build their self-confidence and self-esteem and will go away from Calvert Trust with a better undersanding of their capabilities and with a "Can Do" attitude.


    That we are unable to raise sufficient funds and have to disappoint potential visitors who are expecting to receive bursary funding


    We will write to donors with details of beneficiaries, reporting on successful outcomes. Our website is regularly updated with photos and quotes from visitors and news of the latest success stories.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £120,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £120,000 bursaries providing financial assistance towards an activity break at CTE
  • Background


    All activities take place at Calvert Trust Exmoor which is situated next to Wistlandpound Reservoir on the edge of Exmoor


    In 2010 we received over 3,000 residential visitors and of those at least one third benefitted from some form of bursary assistance. Depending on the success of our appeal we would, at least, hope to be able to assist a similar number of visitors in 2012.
    Beneficiaries will come from schools, families and organisations both locally and across the South of England.
    We will be able to offer places to at least 100 young carers and their supervisors or 150 Y/C’s if there is sufficient funding.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Because we know that what we deliver brings real benefit to our visitors
    “Nothing was too much trouble for the staff, They listened and took into account each child's needs, and were always on hand to help the group. Seeing how the staff used equipment to make the activities accessible to even the most profoundly physically challenged youngsters was enlightening.”

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    The Staff At Calvert Trust Exmoor


“If you are disabled or know someone who is, you really should go and experience it yourself.”

Geoff Holt