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Help support the redevelopment of the main building and infrastructure at The Caldecotte Xperience which will significantly enhance accessibility and functionality to create a vibrant, exciting and adventurous platform for fully-inclusive activities for young people.
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Outstanding Adventure Activities and Outdoor Education
The Caldecotte Xperience (TCX) in Milton Keynes, delivers outstanding, accessible outdoor learning and adventure activities which benefit around 12,000 young people from the local community each year, including schools, clubs and charities.
TCX is the leading centre for fully-inclusive activities for young people who have SEND and other complex needs, offering adapted accommodation, equipment and trained staff so that groups of young people who have mixed abilities can participate with dignity and comfort.
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Message from the Chair
For many young people with SEND, their time at TCX can be life changing.
The freedom and exhilaration for a wheelchair user to be able to abseil is a triumph in itself, but we’ve also found that activities at the centre lead to a long-term positive change in their self belief and future aspirations. Seeing the sheer joy on the face of a young wheelchair user who is driving a powerboat is genuinely inspiring. TCX has a noticeably positive effect on the lives and mindset of all users, especially those with SEND.
Special equipment for special usersat TCX includes
- A fully-accessible Wheelyboat (for wheelchair users and those with high dependency needs)
- Accessible sailboats so everyone can easily and safely participate in all water activities
- Harnesses for adventure sports such as wheelchair abseiling
Our Commitment to Increasing Accessibility For All
TCX is hugely important to the local community in Milton Keynes, and also to Bucks, Beds and the South East.
Over 200 groups use the facilities across the year, including most primary schools in Milton Keynes. Visitors are happy to travel to the attraction from outside the area, with the customer breakdown being: 67% Bucks and Milton Keynes, 23% Bedfordshire and 10% other areas. TCX welcomes a mixture of primary, secondary, and SEND schools, special needs charities, colleges and youth clubs.
The centre provides vital extra-curricular activity and is used for residential programmes run by Action4Youth, The Duke of Edinburgh Award and the National Citizen Service. The value of our work is defined by our repeat customers (over 80%) and the overwhelmingly positive feedback received from the young people and schools who use our facilities.
Chiltern Way Academy Partnership
The Renovation Project
Now 30 years old the building is no longer fit for purpose, it has:
- Narrow corridors
- Cramped bedrooms
- Cramped office space
- No reception area
- Limited accessibility
- Nowhere to socialise during colder months
- Poor insulation and inefficient heating systems
- Inadequate space for groups to eat together
Over 1,700 young people with SEND and complex needs use the facilities annually. Part of the longer-term strategy is to increase TCX’s attractiveness to SEND clients, encouraging more SEND residential bookings so that more young people with complex needs have the opportunity to access physical and mental health benefits from attending and participating at TCX.
Rather than knock down the existing building, we propose radically remodeling it into a sustainable and fully-accessible centre, essential for increasing our offer to all young people, but especially for SEND groups.
The Next Phase
Many young people manage, and even enjoy, ‘outdoor living’ in all weathers, but vulnerable young people are at risk in cold or damp conditions. Comfortable, functional accommodation must be available at the beginning and end of each exciting day of outdoor activities, so that vulnerable people can warm up and dry off.
By making these changes, ALL young people will be able to enjoy and benefit from experiences at TCX ALL year round, not just during the summer months.
As well as providing vastly improved conditions for visitors, the renovations would significantly impact the organisation. Improving TCX’s attractiveness all year round improves the business model and will lead to an increase in footfall during offseason months. We anticipate user numbers increasing by 25% post-renovation (from 12,000 to 15,000).
As these are internal works and Action4Youth owns the freehold, no planning consent is required and the project can proceed swiftly once the funding target has been reached.
Works would begin in autumn 2024 and be completed spring 2025, ready for the busy summer months, with minimum disruption to operation.