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Calvert Trust Kielder - Respite Care

Calvert Trust Kielder. Respite Care.


Calvert Trust Kielder offer the UK's only Residential Respite Care provision that combines care with outdoor activities. We focus equally on the carer and the cared for.


Calvert Trust Kielder is recognised globally as a leading provider of outdoor experiences for disabled people. Our disabled guests experience the very same emotions and experiences as any other guests inside our safe, inclusive uniquely challenging facility and beautiful location.


For the carer, we allow them the time to do whatever they want and to be whatever they want. For the cared for we allow the space to relax and simply ‘be’ on their terms, plus the opportunity to access a range of inspiring and increasingly challenging experiences and activities - from the serene to the scintillating – within the beautiful, uplifting and genuinely unique Kielder landscape.


How it Works

Calvert Trust Kielder's Residential Respite Care provision is for adults over 18 years. Our residential visitors meet new people and make new friends as part of a truly bespoke experience.


Personal preference alongside a personalised care plan sit at the core of our discussion as, together, we plan exactly how you wish to experience your care and holiday. And we offer 24 hour care for the person being cared for whether they stay by themselves, as a couple or as part of a family.


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A Bespoke Approach to Care Provision

Your needs are likely to be unique and so too will be the personal care plan that we create together. We can offer sensitive, tailored support in the following areas and more:

  • Assistance with moving and handling
  • Administration of medication - tablets, ointments, inhalers, nebulisers
  • Assistance with washing and dressing
  • Assistance with packing and unpacking
  • Assistance with meals including via PEG
  • Catering for special diets
  • Management of medical appliances - PET, catheters, Stoma
  • Bowel care - suppositories, enemas
  • Continence care - catheters, pads
  • Provision of airflow mattresses (subject to availability)
  • One-to-one care for those with more complex needs


Our Respite Care bedrooms are grouped together within the heart of our organisation inside the main Calvert Trust Kielder. Rooms have been designed with flexibility in mind to meet the varied needs of our guests to include moveable furniture, extra wide doors, en suite facilities and a variety of grab rails aid independent movement. We also have a range of specialist equipment available for your use during your stay. To ensure availability, please discuss your requirements with our Guest Services Team at the time of booking.



Facilities at Calvert Trust Kielder include a large seated area with comfy settees, a TV room and a games hall that may be used for mobile cinema evenings, arts and crafts projects, indoor games or a disco in the evening. There is a coffee machine, bottle and spirits bar, ice cream chest freezer, well stocked vending machine, computer station, mini-gift shop and outside seated area with giant chess set. Our accessible bathroom comes complete with hoist, Clos-o-Mat toilet and a Rhapsody Therapeutic bath.



Our guests can breakfast, lunch and dine in The Calvert Trust Kielder Kitchen. Meals are always home cooked, generously portioned, vegetarian options are available and specialist dietary requirements can be catered for. A fresh weekly menu is displayed in the Calvert Trust Kielder Kitchen every Monday and an also be seen here.


What Things Cost

Calvert Trust Kielder Respite Care Packages – Relax Packages

A Relax Package is a really convenient approach to bundling 24 hour care, an en-suite room, all meals, snacks, drinks and light activities such as arts and crafts, bird watching, golf buggy rides, indoor games, visiting local attractions and shops, orienteering and geocaching, snoozelum, swimming and Wii Games. Such packages can be made to work for individuals, couple or groups of friends and family.

Relax Packages can cost from £550 per person for 7 nights (£79 per person per night).


Calvert Trust Kielder Respite Care Packages – Activity Packages
Relaxing can be fantastic, but so too can challenge! If you would like to challenge yourself to do things you never thought possible or build on skills you already have, explore our Respite Care Activity Packages that can include the same as our Relax Packages plus: 

  • Abseiling
  • Archery
  • Canoeing
  • Climbing
  • King Swing
  • Laser Clay Shooting
  • Motor Boat Experience
  • Sailing
  • Zip Wire

Activities are made accessible by a range of adaptive equipment which will be demonstrated during your introduction to the activity alongside a risk assessments to ensure you feel confident and secure about your experience.


Example Activity Package 1

Relax Package plus 6, half-day activity sessions. Also a 30 minute neck, head, back or foot massage OR 25% discount on transport to and from CTK** OR late check out up to 3pm including lunch.

This Example Activity Package 1 costs from £750 per person for 7 nights (£108 per person per night).

Example Activity Package 2

Relax Package plus 6, full-day activity sessions. Also early check in from 11am and late check out up to 3pm including lunch* AND transport to and from Calvert Trust Kielder** AND complimentary aromatherapy treatment

This Example Activity Package 2 costs from £1020 per person for 7 nights (£146 per person per night).


*Late check out and lunch subject to availability
**Transport to and from Calvert Trust Kielder is within a 50 mile radius. We may be able to provide transport further afield for an additional fee; please ask.


Calvert Trust Kielder Respite Care Packages – Theme Weeks Packages

Guests love to meet up with friends not new and old throughout the year for our regular themed weeks. Fun and laughter are guaranteed and we have a variety of theme weeks to choose from including Young at Heart, Go Wild, Halloween and Festive week.

Theme Weeks cost from £1020 per person for 7 nights (£146 per person per night).


Calvert Trust Kielder Respite Care Packages – Transport

However you choose to join us, we may be able to help you with getting to and from Calvert Trust Kielder if transport is not already included in your chosen package. Please ask.



For your total peace of mind we are registered with AALS (Adventure Activities Licensing Service). 


All activities are instructor-led by experienced and qualified staff who have undertaken specialist training in running safe activities for multi-ability groups. Many team members also hold National Governing Body Qualifications including RYA (Royal Yachting Association) certification, all staff are fully DBS checked and we are also registered with the Care Quality Commission.


Risk assessments and insurance information are available in our online library, and we welcome pre-stay visits to put your mind at rest and help with planning.


How to Find Out More or Book

We really want to get to know you so please call our Guest Services Team on +44 (0)1434 250 232 or email We can chat and/or meet to create exactly the right solution for your unique requirements – together. We will ask you a series of questions to learn your individual care needs and we will ask you to complete a care plan so that we can prepare fully for your stay. If we need additional information we will call you.


We also understand that a stay in a new environment my be daunting, so we actively encourage visits to our centre to find out more about Calvert Trust Kielder before committing to a longer break. A short break of one or two nights can be arranged with a family member or carer for example, or if you are in the area you are very welcome to pop in, take a look at the facilities and speak to us about your individual needs.


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