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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."
Support for members of the Armed Forces
Calvert Trust Exmoor is proud to support the Armed Forces (serving, reservist and veteran) and their families, and supports the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant. Over the years we have worked with (and continue to work with) many Armed Forces charities.
We were delighted to be able to provide bursary support for many armed forces families through our 'Uniting Service Families with Disabilities' project, details of which are below. Whilst this specific funding is now complete, we continue to welcome armed forces families, who are welcome to apply for support through our other bursary schemes.
Uniting Service Families with Disabilities
Throughout 2014 and 2015 the three Calvert Trust centres assisted 240 Serving, Reserve and Veteran armed forces families with a disabled service person, partner or a child in the family, thanks to the MOD’s Armed Forces Covenant (LIBOR) Fund supporting The Calvert Trust's "Uniting Service Families with Disabilities" project.
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”.