Widening the horizons of disabled children and young people
Boat trips are a convenient way for people with disabilities to gain access to the countryside. This ranges from those with physical disabilities, including wheelchair users, to children and young people with learning difficulties. There may also be benefits for carers from the opportunity to network.
The “Floating Classroom” will facilitate Lifelong Learning in areas facing disadvantage.
Children will benefit from an innovative and stimulating learning environment which can be taken to various locations along the Tawe Riverside. Schools and youth groups will work on the interpretive packages provided, or use the floating classroom to deliver their own programmes. This life long learning facility will aim to help reduce poverty, inequality and discrimination.
Providing leisure provision for disabled and older adults
The boat trips will increase opportunities for active and healthy life styles, by getting disabled and older people out and about. The community survey indicated strong interest and a high take-up rate.
Facilitating social activities by schools and community groups based in the Communities First and other areas disadvantaged by social and economic change.
The Communities First areas include the most deprived wards on the “Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation”. Of the 100 most deprived council wards in Wales, 16 are within the Swansea and Neath Port Talbot County Council areas to be served by the project. In addition to children, clients will include womens groups, black & minority ethnic groups and other community groups such as mothers & toddlers. By bringing people together, Swansea Community Boat will support social cohesion and enhanced communication between different age groups.