Calvert Trust Residential March 2016

1st March 2016

Calvert Trust Residential Holiday


We had quite a long journey to get to the Lake District, so when we arrived at the Calvert Trust there was just time to settle into our rooms and explore our accommodation for the week before it was time to go for dinner. We had a 3 course dinner with a choice of soup or salad to start and chicken chasseur or spaghetti carbonara for main and apple crumble and custard for pudding. After dinner we went to the games room before getting ready for bed.


On Wednesday one group went horse riding while the other group went to the outdoor wheelchair friendly assault course which had ramps, tilting platforms, wobbly bridges and a spooky tunnel. We all wore outdoor equipment, harnesses and helmets and were clipped on to a safety track so we were completely safe even if we had a wobble. After we had all had a go, a few pupils wanted to have another go on the course and were still full of energy so while the other pupils went back to the centre we went for a walk up the hill and down alongside a waterfall and back to meet the horseriding group who got in just in time for lunch.

After lunch one group went up the mountain for a woodland walk while the other group went back to the sports hall for our Rock’n’Ropes session. The pupils all had a go on the rope lift and spun and swung around the hall. Two pupils also had a go at the climbing wall and did fantastically well, showing real determination to get to the top! To finish off our activities we went into Keswick to have afternoon tea in a coffee shop. After dinner (pork steak and roast potatoes or moussaka) the groups joined together for a film night while a few pupils had an extra chance to go in the swimming pool before joining their friends for the end of the movie.


On Tuesday morning the whole Foxfield group went out for a lakeside walk by Derwent Water. The view from Friar’s Crag was fantastic and well worth the walk in the wind and the rain. After lunch we split into two groups for different activities with one group going up into the woods for ‘bushcraft’ – making hot chocolate and toasting marshmallows on a Kelly’s Kettle. The second group went to the Sports Hall for Rock'n'Ropes, an all-ability friendly climbing experience. All of the pupils went up and down and spinning around the hall, even if they needed to do it in their wheelchairs! We all met up again in the centre's sensory room for a nice chill out session before getting ready for dinner. After another delicious meal (lasagne or chicken and sautéed potatoes) we were lucky enough to have an extra long session in the centre's fabulous swimming pool, which has music, lights and switch activated Jacuzzis and waterfalls.


For our last full day at the Calvert Trust we split into our two groups for the morning activities and then got together as a big group for canoeing on Bassenthwaite Lake. In the morning one group went to the Calvert Trust stables for horse riding and pony trap riding. The pupils were amazing and showed how much they have grown in confidence by getting onto horses and riding both in the stables and then outside along a quiet road. Jemma wasn’t quite sure about getting on a horse but enjoyed going in a pony trap to join the other pupils. The other group enjoyed the wheelchair assault course going over the wobbly bridge and through the spooky tunnel. We all met back at the centre for an early lunch so that we could get to the lake while we had the best of the weather.

All of the pupils were able to go in the canoes to enjoy paddling, splashing, or just sitting back and enjoying the ride as we had extra staff from the Calvert Trust to help with the paddling. The canoes were lashed together to make catamarans so they were extra stable in the water and we were able to weigh anchor in the middle of the lake as a mini armada for a nice drink. We got back to the centre with time to relax before our last dinner of chicken curry and rice. We finished off our last night with a party/disco in the lounge/games room and a chance to spend our holiday money at the centre’s tuck shop.