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Welcome to Sophie, our new Education Coordinator

We’re delighted to welcome Sophie Owsianka to the RTBP team as the new Education Coordinator. Sophie has a degree in Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology from Plymouth University, giving her relevant background knowledge of the river environment. She has previously worked as an assistant in a primary school and is an active RYA Senior Instructor, teaching windsurfing and dinghy sailing for over 10 years, which involves running Kids club activities, boat driving and plenty of time out on the water!

In her first couple of weeks, Sophie is focusing on learning about the charity, and familiarising herself with the content of the education programmes in order to deliver these to visiting schools at all the RTBP education sites. Key priorities for her over the next few months include getting hands on experience delivering School on the River and Eco-Venturers, working with and developing our growing team of education volunteers and updating elements of Eco-Venturers to reflect recent changes in the national curriculum.

Sophie has already alitter pick cropttended the Volunteer Training Day in February, joined in with Skipper Training on Thames Discoverer and will be getting straight into observing and teaching school days throughout March.  Sophie lives in Chessington and knows the local area and community.



Linking People Afloat Cruise dates for 2020

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We have 7 dates for our Linking People Afloat days over the next few months.  Join our skipper and volunteer crew for the chance to be on the river on board our community boat Thames Discoverer.  These day cruises are for individuals who are not supported by a group, to come by themselves or with a carer or companion. It’s a safe and caring environment with just 12 passengers and a chance to meet new people and share experiences. The day runs from 10am. to 4.30pm. We include a social 2 course lunch in the saloon and the cost per person for the day is £40.

Dates:  Wednesday 20th May (S),  Tuesday 2nd June (K),  Thursday 9th July (S),  Friday 14th August (K), Monday 14th September (K),  Friday 18th September (S), Tuesday 13th October (K)
(S) denotes upstream towards Shepperton   (K) denotes downstream towards Kew

Please contact Pippa to check availability and to book on 020 8940 3509 or email

Job vacancy Education Manager

Are you passionate about outdoor learning, with a personal commitment to environmental sustainability? Do you have the ability to inspire and engage others to understand and respect their environment?

We are looking for an experienced and motivated Education Manager to lead our very successful environmental education programmes, based on our converted Dutch barge Thames Venturer.
The main focus of the role is to deliver our current school programmes: School on the River and Eco-Venturers. You will be joining our small staff team of 3 people, supported by about 70 volunteers. Our volunteers are key to delivering our activities. The successful candidate will need to work collaboratively with our volunteers and with the staff team.
The position is 30 hours per week, term time only, working flexible hours, at riverside locations in Teddington, Kingston and occasionally Tower Bridge and from our office in Teddington.

For full details please click here

Closing date for applications: Friday 24th January 2020

This post is subject to DBS clearance at enhanced level

Christmas Cheer Afloat onboard Thames Venturer

We eChristmas Cheer 5njoyed a warm and cosy evening on Thames Venturer yesterday. Christmas Cheer Afloat, with carols, mulled wine, mince pies, Santa hats and Christmas jumpers! Thank you to David, on guitar and Chris, on the accordion, for providing the festive musical accompaniment.  We have some great singing voices amongst our friends, family and crew.  Jane Newman with impressive descant,Christmas Cheer 2 Pippa and Val with some German lyrics added into Silent Night and some booming baritones from Mike, Peter O and Matt.

We had traditional carols, Jingle Bells and lots of Figgy Pudding references.   It was a lovely chance to get together just before the Christmas break. IMG_0949


Happy Christmas from the River Thames Boat Project! We look forward to a new season of special days on the river in 2020!


A cracking Crew Christmas supper!

Thank you to The White Hart in Hampton Wick for hosting our Christmas supper on Friday 6th December!  We were a happy group of 40 getting togetherIMG_0923 after a busy year of activities on our boats on the river. We enjoyed excellent food and the chance to share laughter and memories of the cruises, education days and fundraising that took place during 2019 – the 30th year for the charity.IMG_0917

Our special days on the river would not be possible without our amazing volunteers and supporters.  We took the opportunity to say thank you to three Trustees who have stood down after many dedicated years:  Keith, Byron and Peter L who received a print of Thames Venturer and Thames Discoverer.  Thank you John Frye for the fantastic photo.

IMG_0930 1Special awards were made by Peter, our sIMG_0933kipper, to:

Ivor – the ‘Brush of Brilliance’ for  his hard work on Thames Venturer while she was in dry dock for painting and repairs; Linda – ‘Bloomin’ Marvellous’ for all round amazing support; Dave – the ‘Cup of Captains’ for being such a dedicated volunteer skipper; Tony – ‘Bloomin Marvellous’ for all round amazing support.  Thank you to everyone.


We were also veIMG_0936 1ry happy on the evening to receive a fantastic donation from Teddington & the Hamptons Rotary Club. John Frye presented the cheque for £500 which was generated by the Treasure Hunt that the Rotary Club run annually in Teddington.

Thank you.



AGM with a film to celebrate 30 years of the River Thames Boat Project

Thank you to everyone for attending the River Thames Boat Project 2019 AGM on Monday evening 4th November at The Pavilion Club in East Molesey.  It was a great chance to get Friends, supporters, members and volunteers together to review the financial year 2018-19, provide an update on the current year and look ahead to the future.

In 2018-19, we reached 3,511 beneficiaries, with 91 Accessing the Thames cruises and 76 education days. Our new boat Thames Discoverer has been very well received with our clients and has been hard at work on the river since her naming ceremony in May 2018.

A great deal has happened over the 30 years history of the River Thames Boat Project and our mission to make the Thames accessible remains as strong as ever.

We took the opportunity to thank some long and loyal trustees who are standing down after combined service of 35 years – thank you Keith, Byron and Peter, your dedication to the charity has been immense.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the charity over the last 30 years.  It would not have been possible without such dedication and enthusiasm from so many.  We look forward to the next 30 years of the River Thames Boat Project and welcoming groups on board Thames Venturer and Thames Discoverer.

We are very grateful to The Pavilion Club for hosting the event.  Providing us with their excellent venue for the evening really makes a difference.

We have created a short film to celebrate 30 years of the charity which you can see here.  Thank you to Amena Hasan for creating this film for us.

To view our Review of the Year 2018-19 click here.

To view our General Report and Financial Statements for 2018-19, click here.