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Health & Access

Welcome to our Health & Access webpage. We have added this page because we feel it is important to give you information about the following:

  • Access information for those with a disability who want to climb
  • Climbing and the benefits to your health
  • OnThisROC’s partnership with the 2020 Decade of Heath & Wellbeing Campaign
  • Climbing as activity therapy. If you work in mental health or with people recovering from addictions please take a look at this section and contact us if you would like to know more.

Climbing for the disabled

One of our instructors works with Bradbury Fields, a charity who support visually impaired and blind people. His experience of being blind several years ago combined with the inspirational work of Bradbury Fields has led OnThisROC to offer the following:

We will provide support for anyone with a disability wishing to access a climbing activity. From our own experience we know that disability often creates other abilities that can compensate or help individuals to overcome set backs.

If you would like to try climbing then contact us. If we can’t cater for your needs we will signpost you in the right direction. If we can, then we would love to climb with you.

Climbing: Health Benefits

There are physical and mental benefits to climbing. The physical include the development of muscles and stamina. Regular climbing helps to keep you fit as a climb will exercise muscles, including the heart. Combined with the correct diet climbing can be a regular way to exercise. One of OTR’s customers gave up his gym membership to climb each week saying he was “getting a better workout at the climbing centre.”

Climbing is also good for your mental health. OnThisROC has worked with several people with mental heath conditions including one person following a breakdown and depression. During his recovery he said “Climbing with OnThisROC has been a real release for me and shown me that I am capable of so much more.”

2020 Decade of Health & Wellbeing

The 2020 campaign aims to support better health and wellbeing in Liverpool in the coming decade.

OnThisROC has partnered with Liverpool PCT and other to help create a healthier happier Liverpool. Our pledge is to help people in Liverpool live a more active life. We aim to achieve this pledge by encouraging people to take part in climbing activities we offer.

The 2020 Decade of Health & Wellbeing campaign has the following goals:

  • Giving every child the best start in life, supporting our young families.
  • Enabling everyone to maximise their potential and have control over their lives.
  • Creating good jobs and a healthy standard of living.
  • Building healthy and green homes and communities.
  • Preventing illness – being well.

Over the Decade the campaign wants to work with everyone to place wellbeing at the centre of work, life and play. A great start was made in 2010 but it needs to continue into 2011 and beyond.

For further information on the Decade please visit

Activity Therapy

Activity therapy is a healing technique that aims to support people overcoming physical addictions or emotional issues through the use of physical or adventure-based activities.

The main focus of the therapy is to engage the individual in creative and physically active endeavours that help to alter the thought processes of the patient in a positive manner. Activity therapy may take place between a therapist and a single patient or be utilized in a group environment by providing the patient with something that is both physical and mentally challenging and rewarding. Activity therapy makes it possible to shift attention away from the aches, pains, and general discomfort caused by substance abuse, depression, or anxiety.

At OnThisROC we believe that activity therapy has a vital role to play in the recovery process of individuals. We aim to provide as much help as we can in order to maximise its effectiveness. In the past we have worked with several people who have suffered from severe depression. They commented that during their sessions with us it was the first time that they were able to focus on something other than their condition which helped boost their self esteem and self confidence.

We can offer tailor-made climbing sessions which we build around each individuals’ situation and needs in order for them to get the most out of the sessions. With each individual, depending on their current circumstances and what they want to achieve personally, we can focus on one of, or several of, the following challenges, learning aims and learning objectives which will allow them to succeed in their personal goals.


  • To be a valued member of the team
  • To take personal responsibility for actions
  • To become aware of how a negative attitude can have a negative effect on others
  • To overcome any signs of self-deprecating behaviour
  • To overcome physical challenges presented
  • To overcome mental challenges presented


Learning Aims:

  • To experience a new and challenging activity
  • To develop new skills
  • To boost self esteem
  • To learn to work as part of a team
  • To stimulate interest in physical activities


Learning Objectives:

  • To create through a programme of activities an environment for consistent and measurable feedback on the clients personal development
  • To learn about trust, support and communication and how to deal with problem solving in a stressful and unfamiliar environment through the undertaking of physical and mental activity
  • To use newly developed skills in increasingly complex situations
  • Through successful completion of the tasks or through overcoming previously held fears or negative behaviour learn to recognise the change in self esteem and use this to build self confidence and feel better about oneself
  • To become fitter and more healthy and in recognition of this increase self confidence
  • To gain nationally recognised qualifications and look to the future


By having these objectives we can monitor the progress of each individual more easily and it also provides them with a target to aim for.