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Written on 13th December 2021 by Alexander Wright

Calvert Trust Exmoor is set on the edge of the beautiful Exmoor National Park and is a holiday centre catering for children and adults with a range of disabilities.  The people who attend the centre have a range of disabilities and suffer from cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, autism and spinal cord injury.  The Calvert Trust offers the opportunity for all, regardless of need, to experience challenging outdoor adventures including abseiling, horse and carriage riding climbing, sailing and surfing to name but a few.

Families are able to make memories and enjoy activities with their children that would not normally be possible. Families can enjoy the thrill of the adventures as a whole, something that they might otherwise not be able to do because of the specialist support required.  The whole experience is empowering and full of fun and excitement!  Families tell us that being able to take part in what some may feel are regular childhood activities, is just so pleasurable.

Calvert also offers accessible accommodation on-site and is able to provide specialist equipment to support the additional needs of the individuals visiting.  Adults and children can also take advantage of the swimming pool, jacuzzi and sensory room on site.  The centre boasts a dedicated team of staff who are on-hand to ensure that each and every person, regardless of disability can have a fantastic adventure to remember.

A number of our clients have visited Calvert Trust Exmoor and all reported fantastic experiences.  We got in contact with one of our client’s parents to see how they feel about their holidays with Calvert:

"Our son's cerebral palsy meant that he missed out on so many opportunities during his schooldays.   After-school clubs were unable to cater for his needs, and opportunities for holiday activities were limited.  We were told that he might enjoy a stay at the Calvert Trust in Exmoor, so after some research we booked up for a week's holiday.  It turned out to be one of the most amazing weeks of his life.  As part of a small group Harry participated in the full range of activities on offer over the course of our stay.  He went rock climbing, abseiling, horse riding, cycling, sailing, kayaking, swimming, as well as having a go at some bushcraft activities, archery, the zip-wire, and balancing on towers of milk-crates. 

The instructors were incredibly caring and patient and every activity had been carefully planned to cater for the wide range of disabilities within each group - from young adults with moderate learning difficulties, to children with severe mobility impairments.  All activities were accessible to each of the guests and their families.  Harry also enjoyed the evening entertainment of music and discos, as well as the visiting animals from the local zoo.  The food was great and kept us well fuelled for the activities, and Harry made good use of the sensory room to unwind after a hectic day.   

It was incredible to see Harry enjoy so many new experiences.  He has since been back several times, and most recently had his first experience of surfing.  And we look forward to returning for many years to come."

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