Over 50s

”The course had a brilliant, positive impact on my life. It was brilliant, I am absolutely elated. I would recommend it to anyone. If it can help me it can help anyone. You’re never too old to learn. Never too long in a wheelchair to learn new things.”

Mary (59), Lake District participant

Course dates

  • Edinburgh City Skills, dates TBC – June 2018
  • Exmoor Multi Activity, Monday 16th – Friday 20th April 2018
  • Lake District Multi Activity, Monday 10th – Friday 14th September 2018

Our Over 50s City Skills and Multi Activity courses are for people that want to participate with others of a similar age to themselves.

This Edinburgh City Skills course gives you the opportunity to challenge yourself and improve your everyday skills within a whilst exploring a city. You will gain confidence and experience in using public transport, and learn how to negotiate different terrains like cobbled streets whilst visiting local attractions. You will stay as a the group in a city centre hotel and, in the evenings, you’ll eat out at different local restaurants.

The course includes a number of tailored wheelchair sessions to help you build in confidence and work on individual skills with the aim of achieving personal goals and aspirations. Our wheelchair skills trainers will be there with you for the whole course to assist you in your development.

Multi Activity courses take place at the Calvert Trust centres in Exmoor and the Lake District. The Calvert Trust instructors are experts at being able to adapt a whole range of outdoor activities so that people can participate as independently as possible, regardless of the extent of their disability.

Wheelchair user and volunteer abseiling on a course

Course content at both centres includes:

  • Rock and rope activities such as climbing and abseiling
  • Water activities such as kayaking, canoeing and sailing
  • Other activities such as archery, blow darts, and hand cycling
  • Wheelchair skills training
  • A coastal push in Exmoor or a push up a hill in the Lake District
  • The Exmoor courses sometimes include horse riding or carriage driving.

“I didn’t think that I’d be doing much this year but now I think this year will be the greatest since leaving hospital. The course is something I’d recommend to anyone and everyone with a spinal cord injury, it’s unbelievable how much you learn in 5 days. It’s not just about the activities, it’s all about what you learn from other people.”

Jackie (54), Edinburgh participant

Contact

If you would like some further information please call the courses team on 020 8875 1805 or email us.

Interested?

You can apply online, or you can download an application form below.