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Comments From Previous Service Families:

“Our son recently had elective amputation and as a family it has been a difficult time so to come together and achieve all these activities, laugh lots, build confidence and enjoy going to sleep in the evening.  I couldn't sing this place's praises loud enough. We came as individuals and left as a family.” 

 “I have MS and other disabilities and as a mum of a nine year old daughter, I find it hard to fit into a 'normal' active lifestyle with her and my husband. Coming for a break with you gave us the opportunity to be a family without my disabilities being such a major issue. As a young carer, it gave Charlotte the freedom to enjoy activities and adventures. We made some lovely new friends and just totally loved the whole experience.”

“I am a veteran have been confined to a wheelchair since a road accident in 2012. The main aim of the weekend was to interact with my children, because since the car crash, I thought I would never be able to do anything with them. The activities enabled me to be involved and gave me the confidence to do as much as I can; some things I’ve not done for years and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. It was great for me to be able to play with my children.  This place is fantastic.” 

“Sailing has been on my bucket list for some time. After a short period of training, we were let loose on the lake; WOW it was brilliant! I had to be shoe horned and dragged out of the boat.  I was absolutely shattered at the end of the day, but had to go to bed with the biggest smile I have had for a long time. I am now in touch with my local sailing club.”

I felt some things would be impossible being my husband is wheelchair bound, however, the attitude is:  there is no such thing as a problem, just a solution waiting to happen. The instructor adapted to allow everyone to reach their potential, which was very impressive. Very high standards everywhere."

We've had a really special time together and have recharged our batteries and shared priceless experiences together. Thanks to every staff member who think of others and through whatever traumatic experience, mental or physical disorder make the world a special and safe place."


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£50 Fun For Forces Families!

The Calvert Trust’s three centres in Exmoor, on Kielder Water and in the Lake District have a fantastic offer for armed forces families from across the UK, thanks to support from the MOD’s Armed Forces Covenant (LIBOR) Fund.


The offer is open to Serving, Reserve and Veteran armed forces families with a disabled Service person, partner or child* in the family, from any part of the UK, for any weekend in 2015. The break is available to people of all abilities, including: physical or learning disabilities, ADHD, autism and challenging behaviour, visual or hearing impairment and post-traumatic stress disorder.


Enjoy a fantastic weekend break which includes food, accommodation and adventurous activities for just £50 per person!


To find out more email, or to book contact one of our three centres: 

Lake District: 01768 772255

Kielder: 01434 250232

Exmoor: 01598 763221


All three Calvert Trust Centres are now taking bookings for 2015 weekends.


If you are a Serving, Reserve or Veteran armed forces family and want to find out more about accessing this support please contact one of the three centres.


For the purposes of this special funding, a family is defined as:

A married couple with child /children*

An unmarried couple with child /children*

A single parent with child /children*

Or the above as adopted

Grandparent/Aunt/Cousin with child /children* as long as they are their normal guardians


To qualify for these funds families must be must be prepared to complete three short forms; one before you visit, an outcome form after the holiday and a questionnaire approximately 6 months after your visit. 


This special funding is available thanks to the MOD’s Armed Forces Covenant (LIBOR) Fund supporting The Calvert Trust's "Uniting Service Families with Disabilities" project.


Please download our poster and help us publicise this fantastic opportunity.


Please note, for Exmoor centre the £50 offer applies to standard activity breaks, not Horse Weekends, Themed Breaks or Specialist Courses


(*child /children in this context refers to a depended person or persons of any age.)


Uniting Service Families with Disabilities

Throughout 2014 and 2015 the three Calvert Trust centres will assist 240 Serving, Reserve and Veteran armed forces families with a disabled service person, partner or a child in the family.


The Armed Forces Covenant sets out the relationship between the nation, the state and the armed forces. It recognises that the whole nation has a moral obligation to members of the armed forces and their families and it establishes how they should expect to be treated.


The Armed Forces Covenant (LIBOR) fund is funding taken from fines levied on banks for attempting to manipulate the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR). The Government allocated this money to the Covenant Reference Group to support the Armed Forces Covenant


The intention of the Libor Fund is to support the two key principles of the Armed Forces Covenant, which are that the Armed Forces Community should not face disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services, and that special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given most such as the injured and the bereaved.


One of the aims of the Armed Forces Covenant is to overcome disadvantage faced by members of the armed forces, especially those injured in service.  The Calvert Trust has over 40 years’ experience in helping people with disabilities to overcome obstacles and discover “it’s what you can do that counts”.

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