Canal boat Adventure Project

Canal boat Adventure Project

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Canal boat Adventure Project

The Canal boat Adventure Project, set up in 1976, operates three residential canal boats for youth groups, services for young people and schools. The project is based in Runcorn, a deprived area in the North West. This project also operates in partnership with local young people a canal boat-based social project for young people from the most deprived wards in Halton and for young victims of crime and domestic violence, where young people are encouraged to identify barriers to achievement in their lives and to develop the skills and confidence to address these. They receive support, advice and information about careers, debt, drugs, alcohol, sexual health and healthy lifestyles: they are offered innovative programmes that include therapy with horses, drama, dance, music and canal boat residentials, GCSE residentials and help with SATs.
These young people have produced groundbreaking results, from obtaining university places and "proper jobs", to winning national and regional awards for citizenship; they have demonstrated that young people described as failures or "neet" have latent talents. Over the past six months, different young people from our project have built a house for a Roma family in Romania, designed a sculpture for the 4th plinth at the National Gallery; appeared on television with our patron, Ken Dodd and taken part in an international arts project in Germany. The success of this project is due to the fact that young people are given power to plan their own learning programmes and adults work in equal partnership with them. The CBAP is a charity managed by a full time volunteer and overheads are low-all funds raised are invested in young people.