Special educational needs and accessibility

Hampshire Outdoor Centres deliver inclusive outdoor education programmes. We have adapted most activities so they meet the needs of people with physical or other needs.

All our centres have accessible bedroom and bathroom facilities.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements in advance, or to ask any questions. We will plan the best experience possible for students with special educational needs. We invite you to visit any of our centres in advance, to see the facilities and discuss options.

Calshot Activities Centre

We understand that students with special needs have differing abilities. Before your visit we will talk to you about the activities, possible adaptations, and specific requirements.

We have specialist adaptive equipment including:

  • climbing harnesses and hoists
  • support seating for kayaks/canoes
  • all terrain wheelchairs
  • specialist bikes

We aim to incorporate adapted session content into our regular sessions so that students with additional needs feel part of their group. In some circumstances it may be appropriate for a student to have their own instructor on a 1:1 basis.

Runway’s End Outdoor Centre

Staff

The centre staff have been trained by the Calvert Trust, and have also had disability awareness and activity specific disability training.

Site

All paths around the site are accessible. There is a hearing loop in Farrier House, your location for meetings and conferences. There is a purpose built shower/changing and toilet facility at the canoe site which includes an accessible toilet and wet room.

General equipment

We have a Landeez all terrain wheelchair for use on uneven ground and forest tracks. Please contact us in advance to book it.

Adapted activities

We adapt archery so that people with less strength or mobility can take part.

We adapt canoeing so that everyone can take part. We have a hoist to help people get into the canoes or kayaks. We have seating support systems for those who need support to sit upright.

People with limited mobility can use areas of our caving system.

The design of our indoor and outdoor climbing facilities makes them accessible for everyone. Our range of harnesses and other equipment means that everyone can enjoy climbing and abseiling.

Accommodation

There are two accessible shower rooms and toilets in our accommodation building, Forge Lodge.
One room has an electric hoist and full size changing table. The other is a wet room with a seat in the shower, and low level basin and toilet, with accessible fittings

A mobile hoist is available for use in the accommodation areas.
In the camping area we have two accessible toilets and wet room showers. They have:

  • seat in the shower
  • low level basin and toilet
Tile Barn Outdoor Centre

Access

Tile Barn aims to be as accessible as possible, but if you have any questions or concerns prior to visiting please contact us:

Phone 01590 623160

Staff

The centre staff have been trained by the Calvert Trust and given disability awareness and activity specific disability training. 

Site

All paths around the site are accessible. There is a hearing loop in reception and the bunkhouse.

Adapted activities

We have a variety of specialised equipment and can adapt all activities so that everyone can take part.

Accommodation

There is an accessible bedroom in the bunkhouse. The bedroom has a mobile hoist. It has an ensuite wet room style bathroom with:

  • seat in the shower
  • low level basin with accessible fitting
  • slightly higher than usual toilet
  • accessible fittings

Poppy Pods

  • All paths around the pod village are accessible: access to the toilet block is via a gravel path.
  • The entrance doors have low threshold access.
  • Designated disabled parking bays are available.
The Hampshire and Cass Foundation Mountain Centre

The Centre provides a full programme of activities for individuals with special educational and/or physical needs.

The site and buildings are not suitable for wheelchair users. Please contact the Centre to discuss your requirements.