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Calvert Trust Kielder

Kielder Water & Forest Park, Low Craneclough, NE48 1BS, United Kingdom | 01434 250232 | Website

Very adaptable and approachable "can do"

4.5

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This review is especially helpful for those who have or use the following: Hearing Aid, Wheelchair, Powerchair

Overview

The centre and all facilities are set up specifically for disabled people and their family / friends. The staff are what makes the place: they are at ease with communicating with disabled people with all impairments. It's not at all "how amazing are we": they just routinely make the seemingly unlikely very easy! Facilities also excellent.

Transport & Parking

5

Public transport to the centre is very limited - a couple of times a day on some days only - but is accessible and friendly. The site is very, very remote! Ample disabled parking. They offer accessible minibus from the nearest train station (an hour's drive)

Access

5

The whole place is designed around access for disabled people with physical (mobility / dexterity etc.), learning, behavioural, autistic spectrum and visual impairments. Staff excellent.

Toilets

4.5

The public toilets: two I think don't quite meet Part M as they are slightly too narrow. The third (slightly hidden) one does. The en suite toilets are fully accessible. Though there's no Changing Places toilet, I'd argue the pool toilet approaches these levels, and I know they're also working on extending that one.

Staff

5

The staff go out of their way to be accommodating without making a fuss about it, no matter what their role. I've been coming 14 years, with extensive experience of disability and care environments, and frankly these are the business.

Anything else you wish to tell us?

Whilst staff are trained in communicating, they don't get many deaf clients. Acoustics in some communal areas is sub optimal. There are vibra fire alarms and one portable loop unit and staff are extremely accommodating.

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The jetty with deck hoist for access to canoes and sailing Wheelchair wading Birds of Prey Driving the Motorboat Climbing the Rocky Tor

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