Challenging Disability Through Outdoor Adventure

Rory Stewart MP Visits Calvert Trust Stables


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Rory Stewart, who is also chair of Westminster’s Defence Select Committee, visited the Lake District Calvert Trust's Riding Centre at Old Windebrow, Keswick to help raise awareness of the need for volunteers.


With increasing popularity and visitors from across the UK the Riding Centre faces a real challenge, it now needs around 60 trained, local volunteers to provide additional support so that all guests can enjoy riding and trap driving as part of their experience.


Sean Day, Centre Director explains further:


“We are very grateful that Rory is taking the time to visit us, and we hope that his visit will help raise the profile of our work and the need for new volunteers.   Horse riding and trap driving are two of our most popular activities and really push the boundaries of what many of our disabled visitors think is possible. The physical and mental stimulation has many therapeutic benefits, but it is very staff intensive. Enabling one person with a disability to ride a horse can require up to three staff or volunteers, and trap driving takes five.”



Volunteers can help in a variety of ways, such as leading a pony, escorting a trap drive or assisting with grooming sessions, as well as helping with fundraising which is one of the centre’s key sources of income.


To be a volunteer requires no formal qualifications, but an interest in horses and a real enthusiasm to work with people with disabilities are essential.


The Calvert Trust would encourage anyone in Keswick and the surrounding area to get in touch if they would like to find out more about being a regular volunteer in this very rewarding field. The Riding Centre can be contacted on 017687 72250 or


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