The first Phab project began in 1957, and for nearly 60 years the charity has encouraged and supported children and adults with and without disabilities to make more of life together.
Be part of our team raising funds to support a network of clubs across England and Wales offering lots of great activities which members of all ages and abilities can share and enjoy together. There are over 170 Phab clubs with 8,000 members in all age ranges from under 8’s to over 80’s right across England and Wales.
Help us to provide much needed places on our unique Phabkids weeks for youngsters with a range of disabilities and complex needs, enabling them to experience and enjoy greater independence and freedom.
2016 was an amazing and very busy year for the Phab Residential Projects. These fun experiences are open to anyone with or without a disability and offer the opportunity to take part in adventurous activities, learn new skills, make new friends and have lots of fun whilst doing so!
In 2016 one hundred and nine children and young people aged from 8–25 years came from all over the country to take part on one of the six unique and exciting projects held at accessible outdoor activity centres offering specialist tuition in a safe and supportive environment. They were all supported by 85 Phab volunteers and carers, as well as the activity centres’ own staff.
Four of these projects took place at Bendrigg Lodge in the Lake District. This amazing centre has such a vast variety of adapted equipment that anyone can take part in any activity they wish – as long as they have the nerve! During our time away participants took part in caving, abseiling, canoeing on Lake Windermere and the ever popular trip to Morecambe for fish and chips!
One of these was our first ever family weekend with eight families joining us to experience something new and exciting whilst having the support of Phab staff and volunteers. It was a big success and something we will continue to provide.
Two projects were held at Avon Tyrrell in the New Forest and over sixty people joined either the Inclusive Living Experience Project (8–18 years) or the Skills for Independence Project (18–25 years). Both groups stayed in the wonderful woodland lodges and the range of activities was huge and included canoeing, zip wire, arts and crafts, team building activities, drumming workshops, swimming and many more.
Phab is very fortunate to have the support of some amazing volunteers who give their time and effort not only during the weeks away, but also at the required training sessions and huge thanks goes out to every one of them!
Projects take place at the following centres:
Bendrigg Lodge, Lake District - four projects annually, two for seven nights and two weekends, one of which is a Family Weekend
Avon Tyrell, New Forest, Hampshire – a six might project
The difference our Projects make
Our Inclusive Living Experience projects help to build confidence, independence and self-esteem whilst breaking down barriers and building friendships, all through a range of fun and challenging activities. They make a big difference to the lives of the children and young people themselves but also to their families. This is what some of them have had to say:
“I couldn’t join in with the activities on my school’s residential and I had to watch my friends have fun which made me sad. At Phab I had a go at everything and I feel very proud at what I have done.” J aged 8.
“The best part was making so many new friends – I usually find this very difficult but with Phab it was easy!” L aged 12
“Our grand-daughter had such a great time at on the Phab Project. She is telling everyone who will listen about it - she came home buzzing. She enjoyed the activities and the freedom to be there without us looking over her shoulder. Sometimes it's hard not to be too protective, so being apart from us was also very good for her. She hasn't been able to take part in those types of activities before, and is looking forward to doing it all over again.”
Phab relies entirely on grants, voluntary donations and fundraising to make these very special projects available to those who need them most.
If you would like more information about the Projects please contact Rebecca Hargreaves (National Projects Manager) on 01254 824784 or rebecca [dot] hargreaves [at] phab [dot] org [dot] uk