Residents get to challenge their disabilities on woodland trip

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Executive Care-Care Industry NewsNine residents from three North East care homes have been enjoying the sun and the great outdoors on a four-night break to the Calvert Trust special camp in the Kielder Forest, thanks to donations by Executive Care.

Accompanied by staff, residents from Ashwood Court, Sovereign Lodge and Sovereign Court care homes, all part of Executive Care, took part in various activities such as archery, clay pigeon shooting, water sports along with hydro pools.

Such activities help residents with learning difficulties and mental disorders to challenge their disabilities and improve their condition in the relaxing outdoors.

Sovereign Court care home unit manager, Sandra Vitty, said: “Without the kind donation from our company Executive Care, we would not have been able to take residents on this fun trip.

“It’s great to be able to take residents away for a holiday. They love the opportunity to visit the countryside and enjoy the nice weather, it really gives them a boost.

“Our main aim is to help maintain a happy and positive lifestyle for the residents, and excursions like our trip to Kielder help. It’s very important for the wellbeing of residents.”

Alistair Hirst, a resident at Sovereign Court in Westerhope, Newcastle, said: “It was amazing to be able to participate in all the outdoor adventures.

“I really enjoyed all the water and wildlife experiences, but the clay pigeon shooting must be my favourite.”

Evenings were filled with camp fire sing-alongs to some of the residents’ favourite songs and dining in local restaurants.

Purpose built accommodation situated in 40 acres of beautiful woodland provided special access for those with disabilities and learning difficulties. The Calvert Trust staff, who prides themselves on challenging disability through outdoor adventure, ensured the safety of the residents participating in various activities.

Tony Guest, a care assistant at Sovereign Court, who was an accompanying member during the getaway, said: “The residents were able to socialise in a totally different way to what they are used to.

“It was great to see everyone enjoy themselves in a new, exciting and beautiful environment.”

After a very exciting and enjoyable trip, care homes from Executive Care are hoping to host many more visits and breaks to the Kielder Forest this summer.

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