“Calvert Reconnections has turned my life around”

Calvert Reconnections is the UK’s first acquired brain injury (ABI) rehabilitation centre combining traditional clinical therapies with physical activity in the outdoors.

Since opening in June 2021, Calvert Reconnections has delivered a new, goal-focused, outcome-based approach to ABI rehabilitation, delivering tangible results and pathways back to everyday life.

Participants at Calvert Reconnections have now explained how the service is transforming their lives.

Scott’s story:

“I had a serious motorcycle accident involving my bike and a fire engine – and I lost.
“I suffered a serious bleed on the brain, but I’m fighting back.
“I didn’t expect to be able to take part in all the activities but I’ve proved myself wrong.
“Calvert Reconnections has turned my life around. I feel fitter both mentally and physically. It’s helping me to live a better life.”

Roger’s recovery:

“After suffering a stroke following a hip replacement operation, I wanted to get better, quicker – and there’s nowhere better than Calvert Reconnections.
“The team at Reconnections is like a whole new family. In the darkest deepest times, you see all the shining stars.
“I’ve already learnt how to walk again. Now it’s just a matter of getting fit.”

Calvert Reconnections actively seeks to incorporate a wide range of outdoor activities into each participant’s rehabilitation programme. This may range from reflective activities such as fishing, bird watching or a nature walk to higher adventure activities such as horse riding, canoeing, rock-climbing and abseiling – all closely assessed and graded to a person’s interests and functional abilities. Importantly, participants are involved in every aspect of the activities they undertake. They complete meaningful tasks, from concept to completion, in a real-world setting.

Claire Appleton, Head of Service at Calvert Reconnections said:

“The focus on outdoor activities as part of our therapeutic model makes Calvert Reconnections completely unique in the UK. Our service is transforming lives.”

Calvert Reconnections is part of the Lake District Calvert Trust, a charity with 45 years’ experience, delivering outdoor experiences for people with disabilities.

The centre is currently taking referrals.

For further information please go to www.calvertreconnections.org.uk