Unlocking Confidence Project

Our flagship “un-Locking Confidence” Project

The Trust has developed an outstanding day and residential experience for learning/physically disabled children and young people aged 6-25.

The aims of the project are to help improve the youngsters’ self-confidence in tackling new practical challenges, and develop their teamwork and social skills.

On a day trip they are all encouraged to steer the boat, and help the crew to operate locks and bridges.

On the 3-day residential trips the young people have the opportunity to work alongside the crew, but also help to prepare food for each other and assist with the ‘housekeeping’ on the boat. They each undertake a structured programme of activities that are recorded in a ‘workbook’ and successful completion leads to an accreditation that is usually presented at a school/college/centre assembly or event. The 3 days allows for the boat to cruise as far as Sprotborough, or to take another route to Goole, and by kind permission of the Harbour Master, to enter the commercial docks and see ocean going ships loading and unloading.