The community canal boat has recently been transferred to the Friends of Adams Ark Group, a voluntary organisation made up mainly of volunteer skippers and youth workers. After nearly 35 years, Adams Ark is showing its age and needs extensive structural work in the cabin and galley, new paintwork to the outer framework and replacement bunks. In order to reduce energy costs, it is also planned to install solar panels. The vessel is located on the Leeds / Liverpool Canal and operates from its berth at Skipton during late spring, summer and autumn months. Whilst originally intended for use by young people, the Friends Group also wish to develop day sailings for older and vulnerable people. Crew members have the chance to obtain the Complete Crew Award issued by the National Canal Boat Association and Adams Ark is also used for young adults engaged in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. They are required to open traditional locks and bridges, prepare food and maintain a clean environment.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Adams Ark has provided life changing experiences to several hundred young people over its lifetime. Whilst it occasionally returns to sail on the South Yorkshire navigation system, the Leeds / Liverpool canal offers hands on experience in opening and closing hand operated locks and taking responsibility for the control of traffic on swing bridge crossings. The crew has total responsibility for the safe navigation of the vessel and on a longer journey can sail under the Pennines via Foulridge tunnel into Lancashire. It is a learning environment different to any other land based experience where teamwork and the health and safety of fellow crew members is of paramount importance. As stated, all skippers are volunteers, trained to a national standard and subjected to enhanced DBS checks. Recently formed working relationships with the South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has enhanced the understanding of fire and gas appliances and highlighted water safety matters.
Steps to get it done:
Adams Ark is sending out an SOS to: * Save Our Structure - essential repairs and replacement * Save Our Scullery - old name for kitchen or galley - replacement * Save Our Sunlight - purchase and installation of solar panels * Save Our Surface - strip down and repaint upper deck and replace logos * Save Our Skippers - help to keep them as volunteers for the future * Save Our Sailors - help young people and vulnerable adults to have a life changing / enhancing experience
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