Respite trip on Hazel

Just a snap from last weeks trip with The Dream Centre Carers Support group, Droylsden. Lovely feedback received from them too.

Caring can often be stressful, isolating and can feel like the most unappreciated job in the world. Meeting with other carers can help by offering mutual support, friendship and advice on the issues that carers face. The Dream Centre Carers Support group can help by offering mutual support, friendship and advice on the issues that carers face. Taking some time out with others that understand and can help carers recharge their batteries.

This is Hazel doing what she does best, giving folk a relaxing time on the canal and promoting well-being, but a slight twist in that this is the first trip she has had giving respite for carers, a new avenue where she can help people. Let’s hope she can do more of these.

Bargain Canal Trip: Ashton to Middlewich

Via Chris Leah.

In June, Wellbeing Boat Hazel will be travelling from Portland Basin, Ashton-under-Lyne, to Middlewich, Cheshire, to take part in the annual Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival.

Hazel will leave Ashton at midday on Sunday 11 June and arrive in Middlewich on Thursday 15 June.

She will be skippered by Chris, the famous Ashton Boatman, and towed by 90 year old wooden motor narrow boat, Forget Me Not. The route taken will be via the Peak Forest, Macclesfield and Trent & Mersey canals. It is a one way trip.

Public transport back to Ashton, if you need to collect a car, is fairly easy. There will be trained crew to deal with navigation of the boats, though you will be welcome to help with steering and lock working if you wish to.

This auction is for the back bedroom aboard Hazel which can be configured as a single, a double, 2 bunks or a double with bunk over. The boat has a 5 star kitchen and a bathroom with wetroom shower and flushing toilet. Wheelchair access is not possible to this bedroom but the lift is useful for accessing the boat if you find steps difficult.

Hazel is here to raise your spirits, come and join us for this wonderful trip.

 

Book a stay on Hazel near the Anderton Boat Lift

Hazel the wellbeing boat will spend a few days near the Anderton Boat lift, which is situated on the River Weaver, roughly between Northwich and Marbury.

This is your opportunity to stay on this magical 103 year old boat and explore the historic canal lift and the lovely local area.

The boat has comfortable bedrooms, a traditional back cabin, flushing toilet and wetroom shower.

Hazel will be moored at this location from 19 -22 June, 2017 so you can book a stay for up to three nights.

Bookings are at £119 per night for up to eight adults. There is a service fee of £15 per night or £44 for three nights.

Look at the reviews for Hazel at other locations to see how people have enjoyed staying aboard.

Click below for more information.

Historic Narrowboat Skipper & Crew – Volunteers Wanted

This is an opportunity to work with the Hazel project, which uses a 100-year old wooden boat as a resource, to promote wellbeing in general and provide respite and short escapes for people experiencing mental health difficulties.

Learning boating skills and boatcraft opens up a whole friendly world of other boaters and empowers you to explore Britain’s fantastic network of historic waterways. Being on a boat changes your perspective from the everyday. It’s a slower pace and closer to the outdoors.

Crew might be steering the boat, paying attention to the engine, welcoming people on board, giving instructions to passengers or telling them about the canal, tying up, loading and casting off and calmly carrying out emergency procedures, if they are ever needed.

The Skipper is in overall charge, so they need to understand how to do all these things and coordinate the rest of crew to make sure they are done safely. The Skipper also needs to take care of the passengers, who may have a range of support needs. A vital part of this role is taking care of the boats and keeping them in good condition, so you need to be willing to stay and tidy up at the end of a trip.

Volunteers take trips on Hazel, a restored historic narrowboat, stopping along the way to collect donations from the local community. These are either recycled or sold in our charity shop. You will be helping keep our charity afloat (ahem), allowing us to continue conserving heritage and working with people with poor mental health. You will also be contributing to a recycling initiative, all whilst reconnecting with the outdoors.

You also need attention to detail, awareness of surroundings, understanding of hazards, communication and listening,and working with people. The role requires moderate physical fitness and the ability to keep balance and move about in small spaces and around the boat.

Experience of mental health issues is desirable but not essential; however an inclusive attitude is a must.

The most important quality we need in crew and skipper is reliability, as without them the boat cannot operate!

Find other voluntary roles at the WCBS: Do-it.org search.

Membership application form or Online application form (needs printing)

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Bookable Trips

I have put some of our positioning trips on eventbrite and can these be booked on a per-person basis.

These are using what would otherwise be an unused journey leg, so you will be helping out the charity financially as well as having an enjoyable and relaxing day out yourselves.

https://wcbs.eventbrite.co.uk