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
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all at the River Thames Boat Project.
The staff team are on their Christmas break from Monday 23rd December to Friday 3rd January inclusive.
The office will reopen on Monday 6th January.
We’re looking forward to 2020 and more special days on the river!
We enjoyed 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, 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.
Happy Christmas from the River Thames Boat Project! We look forward to a new season of special days on the river in 2020!
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 together 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.
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.
Special awards were made by Peter, our skipper, 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 very 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 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.
We did it! Our Bridge to Bridge walking challenge of 13.4 miles on Sunday 29th September was lots of fun and a great success. We had 28 walkers in total on the day with our youngest being 8 and our most senior, over 80. People joined at different stages along the way and we all finished very happily on Thames Discoverer at our mooring in Kingston. Thank you to John and Nigel for meeting people at Richmond, encouraging us to keep going and taking a team photo.
Although the weather forecast had been for lots of rain we were lucky on the day to stay mostly dry. The wettest moment was our group photo on Thames Venturer at Teddington Lock.
Special mentions go to Team Murray who had three generations of walkers (including teenagers!!!) and to the Stopgap team of Kate, Jackie, Lee and families.
Thank you to Tony, Lyn, Linda and Carole for the warm welcome on Thames Discoverer with tea and lots of delicious cakes. Thank you to Peter and Margaret for making a special trip to Kingston to greet us and hand deliver their sponsorship.
Thank you to everyone who has sponsored us so far. Currently we have raised £3,500 and there are still a few more donations coming through. Our fundraising contributes towards the cost of the days that we provide on the river for people of all ages with disabilities and elderly people as well as Primary School children. There is still time to donate by clicking here
Thank you everyone for your support. It is much appreciated.
We felt very honoured to take part in a special River Blessing service on Sunday 14th July. The Rev Joe Moffatt invited us to speak about the work that we do in the community during the service at St Mary with St Alban church and then Thames Discoverer with Peter at the helm, was on the water for the 2nd part of the service by the river. It was a wonderful celebration of the river and how the river blesses us. The Rev Joe Moffatt launched a wooden floral cross into the river and spoke very positively about the River Thames Boat Project as well as other local community organisations including the RNLI, and Tamesis Club.
Kate Oatham and a group that she is supporting with English language skills from Kingston Refugee Action were onboard Thames Discoverer. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the opportunity to be on the river and take part in a local community event.
The church choir sang beautifully and there was a Dragon Boat race with enthusiastic local Scouts and Guides teams.
Thank you to Rev Joe for including us in this special service.
Thank you to John Frye for the photos that record our memories of a lovely July morning down by the river.