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Aerobility offers disabled people the opportunity to fly an aircraft. The experience is not free but it was felt that the very resonable cost merited it's inclusion on the website.

It provides "experience of a lifetime" trial flying lessons to the terminally ill and disabled.  To facilitate this Aerobility have developed aircraft adaptations, hoisting techniques and other solutions to ensure that flying is accessible.

The organisation is inclusive and will accept all types of disability though there are restrictions on weight.

The first step is to complete the online application form.  Aerobility will then send further paperwork to complete including a "Fitness to Fly" form and "Trial Flight Registration Form".

The trail lesson costs £60.


Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust

The Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust provides grants to help disadvantaged young people take part in outdoor activities.

The funding is open to schools, youth groups and individuals.

There is no formal application form as applications are accepted by email (preferred) or letter.


Climbing Out

Climbing Out is a charity that works with young people aged 16-30yrs facing life changing injury, illness or trauma

It runs 5 day residential outdoor activity programmes aimed at rebuilding confidence and self esteem. Activities include Kayaking, gorge scrambling, hill walking, climbing abseiling and caving.

These activities run along side personal development and life coaching sessions, as well as social activities in the evenings

All places are fully funded

For more information contact Kelda Wood on keldawood@climbingout.org.uk or call on 07977 574785 

Programme Dates 2020:

All programmes will be taking place in the Peak District

Programme 1: April 15th – 19th

16-30 yrs programme in the Peak District

June 1st – 7th: Wilderness Canoeing Expedition in Sweden. A Level two programme for young people who’ve been through a 5 day programme. The aim of the programme is to increase the levels of progression, development, responsibility and challenge.

Programme 2: June 22nd – 26th

Walking and Climbing programme in North Wales for 18-30 years. Higher level of physical challenge involved.

Programme 3: July 6th – 10th

Emergency services programme – walking and climbing in North Wales

Programme 4: July 27th – 31st

Programme for participants with more physical limitations including wheelchair users in the Peak District

Programme 5:  August 10th-14th

Walking and climbing programme in North Wales for 18-30s

September 12th/13th: Fundraising Hike

Programme 6: September 25th – 29th
Level two walking and Climbing Programme in Scotland.  For people who’ve been through a 5 day programme. The aim of the programme is to increase the levels of progression, development, responsibility and challenge.  (18 years and over)

Programme 7: October 19th – 23rd
Lake District walking and climbing programme. Over 30’s. Elterwater Hostel, Cumbria.

Programme 8: November 20th – 24th
Over 30’s programme in the Peak District.

December 12th/13th: Christmas Social


Dizzy Divers

Dizzy Divers helps disabled and disadvantaged children and adults learn to scuba dive.

It provides funding towards training through relevant and specialist organisations. Participants are asked to make a donation (if they can afford it) with the cost.

The training is available nationally as Dizzy Divers will put individuals in touch with their nearest training organisation best suited for their particular needs.

Age restrictions may apply.  These are set by the training organisations - usually 13 years+.

All scuba diving training requires a medical declaration and/or Doctors certificate.

To apply: contact support@dizzydivers.co.uk or telephone: 07824 559 038


Flying Scholarships for Disabled People (FSDP)

The FSDP set up in memory of Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader, CBE DSO DFC runs a scholarship scheme to provides once in a lifetime challenges for the disabled to learn to fly.

It is open to anyone registered disabled over the age of 18 years who is not in full time education and a UK resident. Applicants must be allowed to drive through the DVLA Assessment.

Obtaining a DVLA assessment may take some time as you have to complete medical forms which may require clairifcation from a medical professional before a final decision is made by the Medical Adviser.

To apply: Complete the on-line enquiry form or email: info@fsfdp.org.uk for an application form.

If you are considered suitable you will be asked for more detailed information and your reasons for applying for the scholarship.

Following this you will then be invited to a Preliminary Selection Board and if successful to the Final Selection Board. This will involve aptitude tests, flying theory, medical examinations and interviews.

Scholarships usually take the form of 35 hours flying time over a four week period (longer if undertaken abroard).


Jubilee Sailing Trust

The Jubilee Sailing Trust operates two ships, the Lord Nelson and the Tenacious designed for mixed ability crews to sail together.

The tall ships sail to to UK, Ireland and European locations as well as the Carribean and Canary Islands during the winter.

All places are subsidised up to 50% of the total cost. However additional bursaries are available for first time voyage crew to ensure the voyages are are affordable for all.

It is open to disabled and able bodied people over 16 years.


Julie Tullis Memorial Award

The Julie Tullis Memorial Award provides small grants to female mountaineers and disabled climbers or mountaineers (both male and female) to help them achieve their climbing or mountaineering ambitions.

Applications for the Award are to be made through the British Mountaineering council (BMC) on their Expedition Grant Form.


Over the Wall

Over the Wall offers free therapeutic recreational activity camps for children and young people aged 8-17 years with a wide range of life limiting illnesses and conditions.

The camps aim to build self confidence, self esteem and resilience through popular activities such as abseiling, canoeing, archery, swimming, drama, music and arts and crafts.

Over the Wall also offer camps for siblings and family weekends.  All are free of charge.

There are 3 programmes:

  • Seriously ill children aged 8-17 years for 5 nights
  • Siblings of seriously ill children aged 8-17 years for 4 nights
  • Family groups where there is a child with a serious illness for 2 nights

Medical care is available at the camps but they are unable to accept children who require one to one nursing care.

Applications can be made on line.  A medical form will be required for completion by the child or young person's medical professional.


Stratus Flying Charity

The Stratus Flying Charity was created to change lives through flight.

It's recently founded "Little Wings" programme provides free flying lessons for disabled, terminally ill and disadvantaged children from their local airfield. 

Young people who are disabled and disadvantaged, aged 14 to 24 years living in the UK, USA and Australia can apply for free flying lessons over a number of years to obtain a private pilot's license in a plane or helicopter.

It also offers opportunities for ex-servicemen and their families the chance to train towards their private pilots license for both planes and helicopters.

The organisation is involved in medical repatriation and humanitarian response to facilitate the transportation of aid to disaster zones.


Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust is able to provide travel grants to enable individuals to travel overseas to bring back knowledge and best practice to the UK.

The funding will cover both return and internal travelling, daily living and insurance.  Applicants will need to travel abroad for 4 to 8 weeks.

The Trust will normally fund carers expenses for a disabled applicant.

Applicants must be over 18 years (or over 18 years by the end of the year) and have a British passport when they apply.

Applications for travel in 2019 will open on 27th April 2018 and close on 18th September 2018.


Wicked World Tours (WWT)

WWT assist disabled people with the additional cost of adventurous travel when you have a disability.

It mainly support people with Friedreich’s Ataxia but the fund is open to all people with physical disabilities.

Grants are usually in the region of £1,000 and may be used to cover direct travel costs and indirect costs such as equipment and clothing.

An application form can be downloaded from the website.  The closing date for applications in at the end of February and the end of August each year.

Grants will be paid before the date of travel.  Successful applicants will need to supply a report of their travels to help encourage other disabled people to apply.

Grant programme is currently suspended.


See also:

Adventure Breaks (children of serving and ex service personnel)

Calvert Trust

Camp Quality 

The Canoe Foundation

Hazel's Footprints

The Jerry Farr Fellowship

MACS (for the visually impaired)

RYA Sailability

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