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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 £72 for 30 minute experience.

Aerobility also offers Virtual Aviation Experience (VAE) which is delivered by Microsoft Teams.  VAE is free and offers 3 x 60 minutes interactive sessions between you and your instructor.

Applicants must be 12 years old or more and living with a disability.

To apply use the online application forms.  At present there are only 20 places available.

Alpkit Foundation

The Alpkit Foundation offers small awards to help remove barriers in getting outdoors and experience of wild places.

It support grass-roots direct action projects that tackle issues such as diversity and inclusion in the outdoors.

It has previously funded Accessible Sailing and canal boat trips for young people with additional needs.

To apply: use the online form.  The trustees meet every 2 months to consider applications.

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 anyone aged 18 years and over who is struggling to move forward following a mental or physical trauma, and is struggling to find a new way forward in life.

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.  Applicants must be independently mobile, self-reliant and self-medicating.

The programme dates for 2024 can be found on the website.  

Activities this year will take place in Anglesey, Lake District, Scotland and the Alps.

To apply: download and complete the referral form on the website.

For more information contact Kelda Wood on or call on 07977 574785  

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 clarification from a medical professional before a final decision is made by the Medical Adviser.

To apply: Complete the on-line enquiry form or email: 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 abroad).

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 with a wide range of life limited 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.

For 2023 Over the Wall is offering both residential and virtual camps.

  • Residential Camps - for children, young people and families to get away from home in a medically and physically safe environment. 
  • Camps in the Cloud - a virtual camps for children and young people aged 6-17 years who are experiencing or have recently experienced health challenges.
  • Health Challenge Camps- for children and young people aged 8 to 17 years who have recently or are currently receiving treatment, or experiencing health challenges.
  • Sibling Camps - for children and young people aged 8 to 17 years who have a sibling (of any age) who have recently or are currently receiving treat or experiencing health challenges.
  • Family Camps - for families who have a children or young person aged 0-17 years who have a health challenge. One child in the family must be aged between 8-17 years.
  • Camp 365 - fun online activities, live events and workshops available 365 days of the years.

Applications can be made on line.  A medical form will be required for completion by a medical professional for the residential camps.  

See also:

Adventure Breaks (children of serving and ex service personnel)

Calvert Trust

Camp Quality 

The Canoe Foundation

CS Disabled Holidays (neurological and neuromuscular illness)

Hazel's Footprints

The Jerry Farr Fellowship

MACS (for the visually impaired)

RYA Sailability

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