An opportunity for disabled people to enjoy boating experiences with others on a regular basis
We anticipate that every year 350 young people with disabilities will enjoy group bell boating (1,400 over the last 4 years)
- A growing number of individuals enjoy weekly meetings
- Wheelchair users enjoy independent helming of a wheelyboat and personal freedom on the river.
Note: Any disabled person who has qualified to helm a power boat will be able to use our wheelyboat subject to availability. Similarly, disabled people who have qualified to sail dinghies will be able to use the dinghies by arrangement (this usually requires volunteer manning of a safety boat). We will continue to encourage people to come to Bisham Abbey Sailing and Navigation School (BASNS) on Sundays during the season when volunteers are on hand to help them. We intend to make a small charge to schools for the bellboat days and we will request a small donation from anyone using the wheelyboat or sail boats. At this stage we do not intend to charge for attending future regattas and will seek to obtain sponsors for these larger events.
What is the Vision of Accessible Boating Thames?
To inspire disabled and disadvantaged adults, children and young people to develop a long term involvement with the river and accessible water sports by encouraging other like-minded people to develop the Accessible Boating concept along the length of the River Thames and across the UK.
What is the Mission of Accessible Boating Thames?
We will develop relationships with like-minded people to develop the Accessible Boating concept along the length of the River Thames and across the UK to enable disabled children and young people to develop a long term involvement with the river and enjoy accessible water sports.
The Values of Accessible Boating Thames
We I N S P I R E
We inspire disabled and disadvantaged adults, children and young people to develop a long term involvement with the river and accessible water sports
We nurture disabled children and young people to become successful adults who will impact positively on their local community
We provide a safe, supportive, vibrant and stimulating environment
We encourage a passion for the river and accessible water sports
We are an innovative charity committed to developing the Accessible Boating concept across the UK
We are a highly inclusive charity, respect all cultures and beliefs and have a strong sense of community
We believe in the principle that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities