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We can’t do it without you – your time, your expertise and your goodwill

Whether you are an individual considering how best to use your time and expertise to volunteer or beome a friend; a business – small or large thinking about Corporate Social Responsibility; or simply want to show your support through sponsorship or individual giving – there are many ways you can support us.

A registered charity for over 40 years, The Lake District Calvert Trust is made up of three centres: Calvert Lakes, Calvert Reconnections and Calvert Stables. Every year we welcome thousands of families, individuals, schools, charities and clubs to take part in accessible outdoor adventure.


Volunteers are vital to the work of the Calvert Trust and there are many ways you can get involved. Not only does volunteering help us beyond measure, it can be a rewarding and fun experience for you too: gain new skills; build life and work experiences;  meet new and interesting people!

Whether you are an individual, group, or a work experience student studying Outdoor Education or Recreation, our volunteering opportunities range from assisting with occasional fundraising events to regular weekly sessions at our Riding for the Disabled Stables.

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Let’s be Friends

Founded over 35 years ago, the Friends of Calvert Trust, Lake District was established as a separate charity (No. 1067899) in order to promote and support all aspects of the work by the Lake District Calvert Trust’s Centre.

In particular, we help raise money from subscriptions, donations, organised ticketed events and collections. All monies go to the Trust to provide specialist equipment e.g. customised mini buses – essential for carrying visitors to offsite activities.

While most Friends live locally in Cumbria, we are grateful to have support from all over the UK. Interested?


In 2023, we need to achieve a fundraising goal of over £900,000 – mainly to help fund our residential breaks. A large part of that is via Corporate Sponsors and we are incredibly grateful to the many local businesses who have supported us. If you are considering your company’s Corporate Social Responsibiblity, we are a really interesting option, in return we can offer you:

  • Boosting staff morale and improving relationships through volunteering days.
  • Disability awareness training days for your team.
  • Fun corporate events hosted by us.
  • Use of our meeting rooms.
  • Teambuilding outdoor activities using our centre and facilities.
  • Increased publicity for your business and the opportunity to represent both businesses and charity at high profile events e.g. Great North Run and London Marathon.

Sponsor a Pony

Sponsor a pony and you will help people with disabilities to experience riding and trap driving with support from our highly trained Calvert Trust ponies, staff and stables volunteers. The Lake District Calvert Trust relies heavily on donations to continue this specialist work, so thank you for any support you are able to give. Sponsorship starts from as little as £10 a month.

Why help us?

Today, more so than ever, in the world, so many people need our help and support. So why Lake District Calvert Trust? Well, see for yourself…

Our Stories

We are inspired by the astounding people who stay with us. Hear their stories.

"Calvert Lakes and their instructors have made the impossible - possible for me, I have felt at times like I've been flying."

"Such an amazing positive place to be, with all the best opportunities for our kids. Wonderful instructors, with expert knowledge, great rapport with the pupils."

"Fantastic experience which the students fully enjoyed. Excellent activities run by lovely professional staff and second to none facilities."

"It was the first residential for one of our severely autistic students who finds interacting with other students difficult said that this was one of the best trips of her life."

"The Food has been amazing. I have loved every meal I have had and the cooks have been so lovely. Thank you much!"

Latest news

Calvert Lakes welcomes local MP Candidate

Calvert Lakes welcomes local MP Candidate

This week, Calvert Lakes, The Lake District Calvert Trust’s residential centre above Bassenthwaite welcomes a new Chief Instructor to their team while wishing the current one a very fond farewell.

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Our goal is to help more and more disabled people access the benefits of outdoor activity. If you are able, give a one-off sum now or choose to give monthly - we are so grateful for your support.

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