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 courses at accessible outdoor activity centres

April 2014 - October 2014

Charity information


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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 nine residential projects, for around 135 children and young people aged 8 to 25 who have a learning and/or physical disability or be disadvantaged in some way, supported by 89 volunteers/carers at three fully accessible outdoor activity centres. There will be a range of programmed activities in which every child or young person can participate to enable each one 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, independence and self reliance


    » To be away from home and taking full part in activities such as canoeing, archery, abseiling, crafts, karaoke, disco, caving, trips out, with others.

    Success will be all 135 beneficiaries taking part in activities and their activities and reactions recorded through daily diaries and measured against their original abilities/aims

    Aim 2

    Disabled and disadvantaged children and young people to gain new practical and personal skills


    » The outdoor activities, along with living and taking meals away from home, will help with practical tasks, whether climbing, dancing or eating a meal.

    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 and encouraging and supporting each other, participants will learn to consider others and make friendships.

    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


    They 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 participants will gain confidence to pursue other activities locally. Participant feedback and evaluation forms from families will demonstrate the impact of the Projects.


    All our projects are run at dedicated 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, ethnicity, 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: £114,926

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      Amount Heading Description
      £64,493 Accommodation 135 children/young people + 89 vols/carers
      £10,050 Staffing Project Leader and dedicated Nurse costs
      £6,330 Staff/vol travel Staff and volunteer travel
      £6,034 Vol training/eqpt Volunteer training, safeguarding, uniform
      £21,514 Organis'n/admin Organisation,marketing, insurance, admin
      £6,505 Day trips, misc. Extra activities, laundry, hoist hire, minibus

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    May Trust £2,500 Guaranteed
    Orp Foundation £12,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The courses will be run at Bendrigg Lodge in the Lake District, Duke’s Barn in Derbyshire, at the Avon Tyrrell Centre in the New Forest - all fully accessible outdoor activity centres with trained and CRB checked dedicated staff. Participants will be drawn from all across England and Wales.


    135 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. Non-disabled children such as siblings of children with a disability and children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

  • 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 170 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 bookings, publicity, securing participants & history, training volunteers, leading projects, reporting.

    Janine Williams

    National Club Development Manager and responsible for safeguarding. Will publicise projects, secure participants and volunteers, lead some projects.

K. abseiling for first time

K. abseiling for first time


Ave. cost per child/young person/volunteer/carer

The project has made me braver

Child taking part and away from home for first time