Founded in 1988, the Ethel Trust provides canal and river experiences for vulnerable groups in South Yorkshire on board our community barge, the Ethel. The boat is operated by a team of 35 volunteers who have undertaken national accredited training, have enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks, Safeguarding and Disability Awareness training and First Aid qualifications. In 2018 the Trust was presented with a national Community Initiative Award for excellence in volunteering.
Our volunteers engage with the passengers to ensure that they have the best experience on the barge, encouraging everyone to take a turn at steering and opening locks and bridges. Having lifts at both front and rear, the boat can accommodate those with poor mobility and wheelchair users.
We want to raise the money to provide 40 learning/physically disabled children with the opportunity to increase their self-confidence and develop their team-working and social skills. These are youngsters who struggle when faced with new challenges and tasks, and a day on our community barge with a series of structured activities helps them to overcome their difficulties. Following previous projects, parents/teachers/carers report that they see significant improvements in the self-confidence of the young people, their general well-being, and that they are better able to relate to others in a social situation.
Please support our project to make a difference and improve the lives of these disadvantaged young people.