Project information

Residential trip for disabled young adults.

Building on the success of our day trips over the last few years, Phab Nottingham would like to hold a residential trip to a purpose-built centre for some of the disabled children who regularly attend our events who would really benefit from such an experience

One Weekend

Charity information: Phab Nottingham

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  • Need


    Through attendance of local and regional forums for parents/carers of children with disabilities and engagement with local children's and disabled charities, we have identified real demand in the market for care for teenagers with disabilities. Many parents/carers have communicated to us that they find it difficult to find fulfilling activities for their children outside of school once they are too old for playgroups; but too young for adult clubs.


    The growing size of our database (60% growth in 12 months), with more and more parents registering their children every day, would seem to suggest that our services meet this demand. Anecdotal evidence from parents suggests that Phab Nottingham has a notable impact on their self-confidence, social skills, performance at school and sense of integration in wider society. This weekend would allow us to further our progress to date in supporting our members in these areas.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improved confidence


    » Focus on abilities rather than disablities. By highlighting what they CAN do, the young adults are better able to identify their strengths
    » Organised in the form of a club, Phab Nottingham evokes a sense of inclusion, which increases both self esteem and confidence.

    What success will look like

    Indicators: Level of engagement with activity, speed of settling in
    Information collection tool: Volunteer questionnaire

    Aim 2

    Heightened social skills


    » The closeness in age of the volunteers to the participants enables them to act both a carer and friend simultaneously.
    » The weekend will give these children a chance to make new friends and to develop those friendships that they have already made.

    What success will look like

    Indicators: Level of interaction with peers, level of interaction with volunteers
    Information collection tool: Volunteer questionnaire

    Aim 3

    Performance at school


    » From our experience, the children’s performance at school will increase in part by virtue of their improved confidence and social skills.
    » Heightened rapport with a number of our volunteers will improve their ability to interact with able-bodied peers and adults at school.

    What success will look like

    Indicators: School reports and grades
    Information collection tool: Parent questionnaire

    Aim 4

    Increased integration in wider societies


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    What success will look like

    Indicators: Level of independence, degree of awareness of strengths and weaknesses
    Information collection tools: Parent questionnaire and volunteer questionnaire

  • Impact


    As the weekend and the trips during it will occur in public locations, the sight of young able bodied and disabled individuals working together will be a powerful symbol to counter negative attitudes towards those with disabilities. Given our focus on the children's abilities and helping to nurture these, we also help to breakdown stereotypes about disabilities and seek to thereby contribute to an overall more tolerant communities


    Various risks are associated with caring for disabled and vulnerable young people. We hold a comprehensive insurance policy and ensure the safety of all participants in every possible way. All participants are assigned a volunteer who is directly responsible for them for the duration of the event and is fully briefed on of all their care needs. Each volunteer holds an enhanced CRB check and has received comprehensive training (including in child protection, safeguarding and first aid).


    Donors will be kept updated on the progress and success of the project via email in the form of a newsletter, which will include links to a photo gallery and feedback from the children and their parents. We are also very active on social media, providing more regular updates on our activities.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,567

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000 Coach travel 30 people to and from the venue.
      £7,567 Venue Hire 2 nights. Includes accomodation, meals and activites.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Fundraising activites £667 Guaranteed
    Grants from trusts £500 Guaranteed
    Grant pending approval £2,400 Conditional
  • Background


    Bendrigg Lodge is home to the Bendrigg Trust, a Charitable Trust offering residential and day activity courses for groups of disabled and disadvantaged people, of any age or ability. It provides a wide range of outdoor activities led by highly qualified and experienced tutors. Outstanding indoor facilities provide opportunities for active participation in all weather conditions.


    The project will primarily benefit a number of disabled Nottinghamshire residents we are able to take on the trip. Their parents or carers will be provided with a weekends respite and the legacy of the residential trip will give way to future opportunities for Phab Nottingham, thereby benefitting future participants.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Since 2011 we have been continuously delivering day trips for mentally and/or physically handicapped children in Nottinghamshire. In the past 3 years we have honed both our care provision and logistics, so feel that we have developed the expertise to be able to deliver a safe, effective and highly enjoyable residential trip. We are also able to draw upon the support of Phab’s national body, which has over 100 years experience in running national residential projects.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Nick Feingold

    As both Chairman and Co-founder, Nick has considerable experience in this area. His expertise will be key in the planning and running of the weekend.

    Natalie Pountney

    As President, Natalie is the face of Phab Nottingham and the key point of contact for volunteers, participants and their parents.

    Molly Butler

    Sponsorship Director, main point of contact for current or potential donors: