achievementBased on the shores of Lake Bassenthwaite, The Lake District Calvert Trust is a residential outdoor centre with over 40 years of experience in delivering challenging outdoor adventure holidays for people with disabilities.

With more and more adults visiting their centre, they are launching a new proposition for those with low support needs, giving them the opportunity to enjoy a residential stay without the need for a carer or family member to accompany them, so helping to develop independence, confidence and self-reliance.

Justin Farnan, Business Manager at the Calvert Trust explains:

“Many of the disabled visitors that currently come to the centre have quite significant care needs and have to be accompanied.   However, there are also many potential visitors who are independent in their day to day lives, but may just need some help and prompts through the course of their stay.”

To provide this support the trust is actively recruiting ‘buddies’- adults looking to take a working holiday in the beautiful surrounds of the Lake District.   Ideally they will have some experience of disabled adults or children in either their work or family life, or students over 18 studying subjects such as occupational therapy, nursing or teaching.  Taking place over the Easter and Summer school and college holidays, ‘buddies’ will be provided with full board and accommodation, as well as reasonable travel expenses from within the UK.

Promotional photographs representing an adult group on a fun day of group activities

Justin continues:

“Taking a no-cost working holiday with us at the Calvert Trust as a ‘buddy’ will be great if you enjoy outdoor activities, are looking to put something back into the community or need work experience as part of your studies or training.   You will not be giving care or medical support to our guests, but will be helping them with things such as getting their kit ready in the mornings, giving prompts for mealtimes and activity start times, providing physical support for those unsteady on their feet and supervising the swimming pool in the evening.   You will of course have fun too, taking part in all the daytime outdoor activities we offer as part of the group you are supporting!”

If you’d like to know more about these supported breaks for adults as an attendee (including dates, prices and suitability for the support provided) or taking a working holiday as a ‘buddy’ – please contact the Calvert Trust on 017687 72255 or by emailing on   More details can also be found at