Clarke Willmott’s Lee Hart recently attended the Disability Somerset Independent Living Exhibition alongside many other providers of services for those with injuries and disabilities.
The exhibition was run by Compass Disability Services, an organisation based in Taunton which strives to improve access and inclusion to services for disabled people.
Lee was particularly impressed with the award-winning Calvert Trust Exmoor which provides year round challenging activity breaks for people of all ages with physical, sensory and learning disabilities, their families, friends and carers.
Residential multi-activity breaks are delivered by specially trained, well qualified and highly experienced team of instructors at a wonderful (5 star) accommodation centre on the edge of the beautiful Exmoor National Park. The Victorian model farm conversion accommodates up to 60 people for fully catered activity breaks, including sailing, horse riding, wheelchair abseiling, accessible cycling, archery and a fantastic accessible low ropes course.
One of Lee’s severely injured clients has been able to take advantage of the activities on offer. Lee said: “It is very important to look at ways of replacing pre-injury hobbies where possible. It is imperative to look at what can be done, rather than what can’t. My client was very much an ‘outdoors type’ person prior to his catastrophic injuries, owning and riding horses, so we looked at outdoor activities he could participate in. We secured an interim payment to fund an all-terrain wheelchair so he could pursue his country activities and through the Calvert Trust, he was able to take part in carriage-driving from his wheelchair, an activity he thoroughly enjoyed.”
Lee highly recommends taking a look at what the Calvert Trust can offer: www.calvert-trust.org.uk/exmoor