Calvert Reconnections, the UK’s first acquired brain injury (ABI) rehabilitation centre combining traditional clinical therapies with physical activity in the outdoors, has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

The centre has been shortlisted for Best Initiative in Care at the Caring UK Awards, which recognise excellence and achievement within the care sector across the UK.

Commenting on the news, Claire Appleton, Head of Service at Calvert Reconnections said:

“We are absolutely thrilled to be shortlisted for this award.

“Since opening our doors in June 2021, our team has delivered a totally new, ground-breaking approach to brain injury rehabilitation, creating real pathways back to everyday life.

“The focus on outdoor activities as part of our therapeutic model makes Calvert Reconnections completely unique in the UK. We are hugely excited about the difference we are making to people’s lives.”

An awards spokesperson said: “Never has there been a more appropriate time to recognise the amazing and selfless contribution that our carers make and how they have given so much to protect and care for their residents in the face of unprecedented challenges.”

The awards are organised by Script Events in conjunction with leading care industry magazine Caring UK, with support from headline sponsor Virgin Money.

In each category up to seven finalists have been selected and they will now go through to the next stage of the judging process.

The winners will be revealed at a glittering awards ceremony, hosted by Emmerdale actor Dean Andrews, at The Athena in Leicester on Thursday December 2 when the industry will gather to salute all that is great about the caring sector and recognise the amazing contribution it makes particularly during the pandemic.

Calvert Reconnections has also recently announced its winter activity programme which includes walking and star gazing, bushcraft sessions, environmental art, photography projects, rock climbing (Calvert sports hall available), canoeing (Calvert swimming pool available), equine therapy, basketball (Calvert sports hall available), curling (Calvert sports hall available), badminton (Calvert sports hall available), sledging, cycling, ghyll scrambling and orienteering.

The centre currently has residential places available for new participants.  To make a referral or for further information please go to