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Project information

Phab's Inclusive Living Experience Projects

Enabling disabled children and young people to enjoy the same experiences as and alongside those with no disability, building confidence, independence, personal and practical skills, supporting each other and working as a team - through residential projects at accessible outdoor activity centres

May 2018 - October 2018

Charity information: Phab

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  • Need


    Our projects challenge the limitations society and indeed family put on disabled children and young people, giving them the confidence to broaden their horizons. There is a risk that the children and young people will lead very sheltered and restricted lives and they want to do something challenging, exciting and fun. And parents/carers need a break now and then as the stress of full-time caring can be overwhelming and lead to family breakdown.


    We will provide five residential projects, for around 116 children and young people age 8 to 25 who have a learning, physical or sensory disability or are disadvantaged in some way, supported by 98 volunteers/carers at two fully accessible outdoor activity centres. There will be a range of exciting and challenging activities in which every child or young person can take part, enabling them to achieve their full potential, explore their horizons and enjoy living, working and playing together.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To enable children and young people to gain in confidence, self esteem and self reliance


    » To be away from home and taking on challenging activities such as canoeing, archery, abseiling, crafts, disco, caving, days out with other children.

    What success will look like

    Success will be all 116 children taking part in activities and their activities and achievements recorded through daily diaries and measured against their original abilities/aims

    Aim 2

    Disabled children and young people to gain new practical and personal skills, building independence


    » Outdoor activities, along with living in a group away from home, choosing what to wear, tidying own room, choosing what to eat, helping each other

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated as for aim 1, with specific achievements recorded, whether dressing more independently, dancing for the first time or hitting a target with an arrow

    Aim 3

    To reduce social isolation and help develop interpersonal and social skills amongst participants


    » By living, working and playing as a team, encouraging and supporting each other, children and young people will learn to understand needs of others

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated as for aim 1, with softer targets ranging from communicating with someone unknown to sharing or cheering someone on, as well as friendships forged.

  • Impact


    The children will take their new found personal and practical skills and confidence back home, making them more independent and able to better interact and socialise with their family members and peers. This will take some pressure off families and reduce the social isolation for the children and young people. Families and children will gain confidence to pursue other activities locally. Children's feedback and evaluation forms from families will demonstrate the impact of the Projects.


    Our projects are run at dedicated Activity Centres with specialist equipment and highly trained staff. We risk-assess every centre we use and adopt their risk assessment of each individual activity. All project/staff volunteers are DBS checked and attend training each year, including safeguarding vulnerable children. We take a full history of each child and meet with their parents/carers for reassurance or if they have complex needs. A small number will be accompanied by a one to one carer.


    We will write a full report after all projects end in the Autumn, with details of numbers, ages, disabilities etc. of those involved and where they are from, with individual comments, achievements, family feedback etc. plus photographs, with volunteer feedback and leaders’ reports.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £151,517

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      Amount Heading Description
      £104,477 Accommodation 116 children/yp + 99 vols/carers
      £5,250 Staffing Project Leader salary on Projects
      £3,486 Staff/vol travel Staff and volunteer travel
      £5,500 Vol training/equipment Volunteer training, safeguarding, T shirts
      £25,725 Organis'n/admin Organisation,marketing, insurance, admin
      £3,515 Day trips Extra activities, entrance fees, minibus hire
      £3,564 Medical/laundry laundry, hoist hire, emergency

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    May Trust £3,247 Guaranteed
    Adint Charitable Trust £10,000 Guaranteed
    Family contributions £20,195 Conditional
  • Background


    Five Projects will be run at Bendrigg Lodge in the Lake District and at the Avon Tyrrell Centre in the New Forest - all fully accessible outdoor activity centres with trained and DBS checked dedicated staff. Participants will be drawn from all across England and Wales. We also have four places on a Jubilee Sailing Trust 5-day voyage from Southampton


    116 disabled and disadvantaged children and young people aged 8 to 25 from across England and Wales. Many with complex needs requiring the dedicated support of a special carer or two volunteers. Disabilities can include Cerebral Palsy, sensory impairment, Learning Disabilities, Epilepsy, Aspergers, Autism, Downs Syndrome, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, or acquired injury. Including some non-disabled children, e.g. children from disadvantaged background and siblings of children with a disability

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Phab’s aim is to “promote and encourage people of all abilities to come together on equal terms, to achieve complete inclusion within the wider community and to make more of life together”. Founded in 1957, Phab creates opportunities for disabled people to enjoy the same activities and challenges as non-disabled people and bring them together. This includes 150 affiliated clubs across England and Wales. We have excellent local contacts with other agencies and a history of successful Projects.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rebecca Hargreaves

    National Projects Manager. Responsible for promoting Projects, who will attend, safety, home visits, training volunteers, leading projects reportin

    Janine Williams

    National Development Manager. Project leader on New Forest Project only. (Also responsible for Phab Challenge Events and experienced club leader)

K. abseiling for first time

K. abseiling for first time


Average price per place per child, young person and volunteer or carer supporting them

The project has made me braver

Child taking part and away from home for first time