Case Studies

The following Case Studies illustrate the benefit of recent grants awarded to Charity Partners

Calvert Trust Exmoor

Founded in 1976 The Calvert Trust allows people with disabilities to enjoy outdoor activities in safe and accessible, yet challenging environments.  The charity has a Centre on the shore of Bassenthwaite Lake in the heart of the Lake District National Park, on the edge of Exmoor National Park and at Kielder, Northumberland.

The activities and services they offer are accessible to people of all ages who have sensory, learning or physical disabilities and, somewhat uniquely, they are able to accommodate people with the most complex needs.

We first partnered with them in 2017 by providing an accessible bike fleet and in 2018 they became one of our respite partners supported through a £30K bursary (£10K to each Centre) to assist individuals to fund the cost of a respite break.

2019 has also seen us make a grant of £50K to The Lake District Centre to support them with the cost of building a new residential unit to help those with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).

A recent visitor to the Exmoor Centre was 14 year old Gemma.  Gemma has cerebral palsy and is a full-time wheelchair user. She had visited Calvert Trust Exmoor before her recent stay but our award of a bursary allowed her to visit again!

Mum, Debbie, was keen for Gemma to be able to take part in activities that would challenge her and to which there would be no barriers as a wheelchair user. Moreover, Gemma, as a sociable child, was keen to make new friends in an inclusive environment. Debbie was delighted to tell us about their stay.

Debbie said: “There was no onlooking for Gemma.  Even as a full-time wheelchair user all activities were achievable!  She was unsure of doing the climbing at first but watched the others and then gave it a go herself. The reward was ringing the bell at the top and a big cheer from the rest of the group! She was so pleased with herself.

Archery, with the adapted bow, was amazing. Gemma concentrated well at this and was delighted with her success.  One of her favourite things however was going fast on the bikes and she kept telling me to pedal faster!  I enjoyed this activity, too.  It was a lovely afternoon around the reservoir with our group. In fact, one of the real highlights of the weekend for Gemma, being the sociable girl that she is, was the people she spent her time with. 

We also enjoyed the canoeing which, with the hoist, was fully accessible and Gemma was able to take part in challenges on the lake and she enjoyed spotting the wildlife. It’s such a beautiful location.  Having access to the hydrotherapy pool and sensory room meant there was time to relax after a day of activities. 

It was a brilliant weekend!  Gemma enjoyed every moment of it, whether cheering others on during activities, in the forest learning bush craft skills and toasting marshmallows over the fire, partying at the disco in the evening or just having meals together.

Mike Gray, Calvert Trust Exmoor’s Chief Executive Officer said:

“The Edward Gostling Foundation’s generous award is helping more people with disabilities to come and take part in our adventurous and challenging activities.  It’s heartwarming to see our visitors accomplish more than they ever dreamed possible and we’re very grateful for the Foundation’s support in making that happen”.

Surrey Blues

Surrey Blues is a charity that focuses on enabling young adults with a range of learning difficulties and/or disabilities to participate in organised coaching and fun footballing activities.  They provide a safe, caring and enjoyable environment designed to maximise players’ abilities and build confidence.  Despite their Surrey base they are open to all.

Since they began in 2005 the charity has achieved FA Charter Standard status and now offers a vibrant ‘football-for-all’ educational and social programme, as well as running weekend football fun festivals and a coaching programme for young adult players who may be interested in further developing their skills.

Surrey Blues have 4 teams they enter into the Surrey FA Football-For-All League and they provide training opportunities 3 times a month.

Their most recent application to us was for help to broaden the club’s activities by developing in a number of areas such as playing in more away games which provides opportunities for travel and meeting new people, First-Aid education and training, FA Safeguarding training for all volunteers and senior players, hire of an additional training pitch, social events to venues such as Wembley Stadium, Club website maintenance and ensuring all team members have up to date and appropriate kit which generates a huge amount of pride and has a positive impact on team moral.

Caroline Kendall, Operations Director said:

“Edward Gostling Foundation is delighted to support such a dedicated charity. Our grant contributes towards their core costs for the next five years and will enable people of all ages to enjoy playing and being part of a team. Both Edward Gostling Foundation and Surrey Blues have a vision that any person living with a disability and their loved ones will have access to the best possible chances in life”

Ken Whelton, Chair said:

"The funding from The Edward Gosling Foundation has enabled us to expand our existing work as a charity and undertake new activities. This will be of great benefit to our players, their families, carers and the greater community. Sport is vital for young adults: to keep fit, develop as individuals, learn to work together as a team and participate in social activities. Many of our players would not otherwise have the opportunity to develop these skills and the funding has opened new doors for Surrey Blues and all of our players".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Calvert Trust

 

The Calvert Trust is a registered charity founded in 1976 that seeks to enable people with disabilities to enjoy outdoor activities in a safe and accessible, yet challenging environment.   They have Centres on the shore of Bassenthwaite Lake in the heart of the Lake District National Park, on the edge of Exmoor National Park and at Kielder, Northumberland.

Their activities and services are accessible to people of all ages who have sensory, learning or physical disabilities and, somewhat uniquely, they are able to accommodate people with the most complex needs.

We first partnered with them in 2017 by providing an accessible bike fleet and in 2018  we provided a £30K bursary (£10K to each Centre) to assist individuals to fund the cost of their respite break.

2019 has seen us make a grant of £50K to The Lake District Centre to support them with the cost of building a new residential unit to help those with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).

Brain injuries are devastating to people’s lives and abilities however with the right rehabilitation the brain can continue to develop new neural pathways, bypassing damaged areas which can lead to greater long-term recovery than was previously believed possible.  The intensive rehabilitation and expertise that The Calvert Trust will be able to provide in their new building will transform the lives of many people and we are delighted to have been able to partner with them again  to help those affected to lead as independent and fulfilling lives as they possibly can. 

Caroline Kendall, Operations Director said:

“EGF are delighted to support such a dedicated and diverse charity.  Over the last 3 years our grants have helped many people to enjoy a respite break and benefit from outdoor activities in beautiful surroundings.  Both EGF and The Calvert Trust share a vision that any person living with a disability and their loved ones will have access to the best possible chances in life”.

Sean Day, Centre Director said:

“Working with the Edward Gostling Foundation has been a really positive experience.  Having worked together on the development of an Accessible Cycling Project it became clear that our organisations share the same values and ambitions.  This has enabled us to work closely together in an ongoing partnership which includes their support through the EGF Respite Bursary Fund and the development of our exciting new ABI Project.  This support has had an enormous impact on our beneficiaries and through the ABI Project will bring the benefits of Calvert Reconnections to a new group of people with disabilities”.

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