In considering the charity’s activities, the trustees have due regard to the published guidance on public benefit.
In line with our charitable aims, we run a variety of programmes and cruises for schools and for socially excluded groups, and provide transferable skills’ training for our volunteers. People of all ages benefit from our services and activities, including those who are vulnerable, isolated and disadvantaged through having disabilities (including mental health conditions), older people, disadvantaged service and ex-service men and women, carers, young people and school children. We also offer a highly rewarding environment for local people who want to volunteer with us, including those in retirement; all our volunteers, 65 during 2016/17 (currently 86 in number), benefit from this active and stimulating form of volunteering.
In 2016-17, we provided:
- 83 Accessing the Thames days on the river for 899 client users and their carers
- 47 Education bookings with activities for 1,531 school children, young learners, and 32 student teachers, accompanied by teachers and helpers.
- 4 crew training days and 2 teacher training days for our volunteers
- 4 community open days for the general public (261 visitors)
- 6 on board events for the charity’s supporters
- 2 onshore events for the charity’s supporters and/or volunteers
In addition, the boat was hired out for 8 private events, all giving a total of 154 day and evening uses (number does not include onshore events) and an estimated 5,002 volunteer hours (including crewing, teaching, office, events and maintenance work).
We welcomed 15 new client groups on board during the year, including 6 new schools. Our client groups came to us from 10 London Boroughs and 6 counties and District Councils outside Greater London.