Hereward College News

Monday, 28 May 2012

Hereward College organizes the Calvert Trust Trip

The Calvert Trust enables people with disabilities to achieve their potential through the challenge of outdoor adventure in the countryside. In the last couple of years, Hereward College has been working in partnership with the Calvert Trust to organize trips for its students.

Since the trips have had such a huge success in the past, Hereward students return every year, knowing they will have an action packed holiday. The students get the change to enjoy the exceptional natural beauty of the countryside without having to worry about accessibility issues.

You can see all the pictures from the event here.

Here’s how the trip went:

Monday 7th May
A group of 8 students plus 6 staff set off at 9.15am to take part in an outward bound adventure in Cumbria at the Calvert Trust.  The group reached their destination at approximately 2.15pm.  After a short induction and meeting with trust staff, they settled into their rooms, ate their evening meal and had a swimming session in the Calvert Trust state of the art swimming pool.

The group woke up early at 8.30 eager to start their adventure, but after a scrumptious breakfast, their plans were derailed when it started raining.  This wasn’t going to stop them though; the whole group put on their waterproofs, got out of their wheelchairs and went out together abseiling down a quarry face using lots of harnesses and ropes. It was fun and scary at the same time.  This was followed in the evening by another swimming session or a visit to the sensory room.

The group split up into two smaller groups during this day as every student was able to choose from a range of activities including a combination of horse riding, archery, orienteering in the Grizedale Forest and canoeing across Bassenthwaite Lake. Even though it was still raining, which made it a very wet experience, the students had an awesome day.

The whole group went out together, to a disused airfield to experience a variety of different cycles.  Students really loved this activity even though it was pouring with rain and very windy.  Later on, the group enjoyed a social evening and a disco.

After everyone finished packing, the morning was spent in the Sports Hall, for a group activity using high swing/zip lines. The exercise provoked lots of screaming but at the same time laughter from all youngsters. Following lunch, the students went back to the buss and after a long journey they arrived back at the college at 6.15 pm.

Mandy Price, Physiotherapy Technical Instructor at Hereward College, had the following to say:
‘The Calvert Trust brings enrichment in the life of our students through adventure and personal achievement.’
‘We love working with the Calvert Trust because they are on the same mission as Hereward College, which is to provide an accessible and holistic environment by removing physical and attitudinal barriers.’
For more information about events and activities organised by Hereward College, please visit our annual report.

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