The other half and his friends have just returned from their trip to Llangollen, not going by 40 minute car journey they chose the canal route and took a leisurely 6 days to get there on a Narrowboat. They had a fab time, and despite the mixed weather they achieved their goal of taking the boat over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct 126 ft above the River Dee, and they loved it.
People often ask us about our boat and talk about the idea of a leisurely cruise to a pub on a sunny day, or a few days travelling through beautiful countryside. But you don’t need your own boat to do this, you can hire a boat and support a charity at the same time.
The Canal Boat Adventure Project based on the Bridgewater Canal in Cheshire, operates three canal boats all providing a place of support for vulnerable young people. Young people affected by crime, domestic abuse & bullying are encouraged to identify barriers to achievement in their lives and develop skills and confidence to address these.
Boat residential trips teach them about teamwork, supports their learning for GCSE’s with revision groups and teaches skills for independent living. They receive support, advice and information about careers and help to achieve their goals.
This project really works, young people have produced groundbreaking results, from obtaining university places and “proper jobs”, to winning national and regional awards for citizenship; they have demonstrated that young people described as failures or “neet” have latent talents.
The success of this project is due to the fact that young people are given power to plan their own learning programmes and adults work in equal partnership with them. The CBAP is a charity managed by a full time volunteer and overheads are low, meaning all funds raised are invested in young people.
They raise funds by hiring out their boats, and arranging boat trips for schools and community organisations.
Their boat ADA was recently involved in Bridgewater Disability Day, the classroom boat was the base for children’s crafts.
Do you have a small charity that makes a big difference in your area?