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New horizons – For lives affected by brain injury

LDCT White GlowA new collaboration between The Lake District Calvert Trust and A Chance for Life Ltd is showing that adventure and challenge can make a huge difference to those living with an acquired brain injury or other debilitating conditions.

The programme, called Supporting Recovery Through Outdoor Adventure launched this year and provides a new rehabilitative opportunity for those recovering from a life changing illness or injury.

This fresh concept, which is the first such course offered in the UK, provides holistic rehabilitation through engagement in outdoor adventure. Delivered by highly skilled outdoor education instructors and occupational therapists, the course includes activities such as kayaking, sailing, art therapy, meditation and memory enhancing education, allowing participants to develop and improve their cognitive function, motor skills, motivation and self confidence.

Sean Day, Centre Direct at the Calvert Trust commented:

“We have been running life enhancing residential outdoor activity breaks for adults and children with disabilities since the 1970s.   For some time we have been looking to extend what we do by offering specialist occupational therapy too, and working with Chance for Life has given us the opportunity to deliver what we believe is a valuable service to those looking to further develop after a life changing accident or illness, while also having fun and making new friendships.”

Louise Chance, founder of A Chance for Life added:

“The Supporting Recovery Through Outdoor Adventure programme is an excellent example of the difference that fresh thinking and collaboration can make to those affected by life changing illness or injury. Working in partnership with the Calvert Trust, we’ve already shown how the combination of occupational therapy and outdoor activity. We’re really looking forward to making an even bigger difference with our next two courses.”

Each residential course takes place over 5 days at the trust’s fully adapted centre overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake, and after a pilot scheme that took place in April, there are 2 more dates available this year; 10-14 October and 14-18 November 2016, both course dates will run from a Monday to Friday.

CfL LogoA Chance for Life’s expert occupational therapists (OT) will work with participants to agree individual goals, set and tailored to their different abilities, strengths and limitations. The same OT will remain with each group for the duration of their visit, delivering therapy sessions and continually reviewing progress against a range of measures.   OTs will also deliver de-briefs at the end of the stay, providing caseworkers and service users with a personalised report summarising progress towards the agreed goals, and laying out possible next steps to further aid recovery.

If you would like to know more about the Supporting Recovery Through Outdoor Adventure programme, both the Lake District Calvert Trust and Chance for Life would love to hear from you.   They will be attending the 2016 BABICM Summer Conference which takes place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on the 15 and 16 of June and you can meet them in person on Stand 8 in the exhibitor’s area.    Alternatively, contact Justin Farnan on 017687 72255/ justinf@lakedistrict.calvert-trust.org.uk who will be able to you more details on availability, course structure, prices and care support requirements.