The Fieldfare Trust aims to work with, not for, disabled people, to promote access to the countryside and environmental education.
We offer advice and training services to countryside service providers, which is supported by our research into national standards for accessibility under the BT Countryside for All Project.
For members of the public we run projects which can enable them to take action locally and provide information on accessible places to visit through our Phototrails website http://www.phototrails.org.
The Fieldfare Trust was set up in 1986 and next year will be our 25th anniversary!
We manage a project called the Fieldfare Kielder Challenge which is a fantastic, inclusive outdoor adventure competition for youngsters between the ages of 13-16 with and without disabilities. The Challenge promotes teamwork, decision making, communication but most of all inclusion, with all team members encouraged to get involved and contribute their skills and experience.
The regional competition heats are held across the UK every April/May. The top six teams go through to the final held each year at Kielder, in Northumberland, where they compete against each other to be crowned Fieldfare Kielder Challenge Champions. We also award a Unity Shield to the team that has been deemed by their peers to be the team that has most encapsulated the spirit of the Challenge.
The Fieldfare Kielder Challenge is also a lot of fun for the participants and many of them look forward to the Challenge each year, having forged great friendships with participants from other parts of the UK. Each team comprises a mix of disabled and able-bodied teenagers. We have teams entering from Jersey to Belfast, in fact all 4 corners of the UK have been represented at the heats.
You can see the Challenge in action on YouTube - www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxryancXqFQ
For more information on the Fieldfare Kielder Challenge please visit our website www.fieldfarekielderchallenge.org.uk
The Fieldfare Trust is also managing projects in parts of Scotland, including Falkirk, Clackmannanshire, West Fife and Stirlingshire. Through this project we engage people with disabilities to join us to survey the Core Path Networks and other suggested paths. Better outdoor access opportunities for all disabled people is a key goal and disabled volunteers are encouraged to become actively involved in the project. Full training is given to all volunteers and they are then welcome to use our equipment to go out and survey paths by themselves or to accompany a Fieldfare Trust Project Officer on a survey.
If you would like to become involved in this project or find out more please contact us on 01334 657708.
The Fieldfare Kielder Challenge is without a sponsor for the first time in 25 years. This year the Challenge has been funded by very kind donations from participating schools and volunteers, who have been sponsored to undertake tasks and donate their time to the Trust.
If you would like to help us, here are a few things you might consider:
• Make a donation to the Fieldfare Trust http://www.justgiving.com/fieldfare/donate
• Become a Friend of Fieldfare http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=17961135861
• Fundraise on behalf of Fieldfare, we can provide a fund-raising pack to get you started
• Volunteer your time or services.
How to contact Fieldfare Trust