WetWheels Yorkshire

Wed, Jul 18th 2018 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

TAlk at Downe Arms by Peter Richardson


Wetwheels was established on the Solent by Geoff Holt and is now spreading round the coastline opening in Scarborough this summer. Peter Richardson the local organiser gave a really interesting illustrated talk to the club about it.

 

Geoff  Holt became an inspiration to many when he completed his ‘Personal Everest’ challenge. Geoff sailed 1,445 miles, solo, around Great Britain in a fragile 15-foot dinghy in 2007. Hailed an extraordinary, courageous achievement, Geoff is a passionate, talented yachtsman who uses a wheelchair. Paralysed from the chest down after a swimming accident, Geoff secured another place in the history books when he become the first quadriplegic sailor to sail across the Atlantic in January 2010. As someone once joked, Geoff Holt is now the most admired disabled sailor since Nelson!

 

Wetwheels builds disabled people’s confidence by providing the opportunity to access the sea in a fun, safe, stimulating and rewarding way using specially modified, fully accessible powerboats. 

 

With the support of our donors and partner organisations we provide water-based activity experiences for disabled people on board our specially designed boats, from centres within local communities.

 

Our adventurous trips afloat are staffed by specialists who ensure each person can share experiences, challenge their self-perceptions, extend their horizons, and discover new opportunities.

Beneficiaries are active participants, rather than simply passengers, with the opportunity to steer the vessel and learn seamanship, alongside their peers, friends, and families.  The experience is truly inclusive helping to improve aspirations and increase confidence.

 

Our own research tells us more than 80% of Wetwheels’ participants have never previously been on the sea.  When asked why, the reason given is that the opportunity had not existed before.  Disabled people can face particular challenges developing confidence, self-belief, self-worth and independence and many do not reach their potential in life.  Most are very able but are restricted by low aspiration and lack of opportunity, which often impacts on wellbeing, the ability to live a full life and make a valuable contribution to society.

 

Wetwheels is an inspiring organisation where perceived barriers are reassessed, new skills are learned and new-found independence is discovered. Participants are able to have a single experience or return over time to develop new skills.

 

How we're structured

Wetwheels Yorkshire is a Community Interest Company (CIC). We are a registered not-for-profit organisation limited by guarantee serving our local community. Using fully accesible boats, we can provide boating opportunities for people of all ages and of all abilities. We offer a range of options; from educational and mentoring programmes to sport and experiential trips, there is something for most people. For more information, try our website.

 

Where appropriate, we ask participants to contribute towards the costs of their trip. We may be able to access funds to cover some programme funding but we are adamant that lack of finance should not exclude anyone from enjoying our boating opportunities.

'What We Do' Main Pages:

Welcome

Our convivial weekly meetings form a platform for our eclectic speakers. We learn of many varied interests. ‘Special events’ such as Burns night, Christmas celebrations and visits to places of refreshment add to the opportunities for fellowship and fun.

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Worldwide Rotary supports dozens of projects - the most long lasting & ambitious is the project to eradicate polio – now endemic in just two countries. We also have projects in Ghana & India supporting schools & delivering clean water.

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- not our core business; but we have rattled buckets in aid of disasters; run tombolas at music events, organised car parking at shows,sold plants at (our own) community fair, run raffles, organised events such as Dragon Boats – & had fun!

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Varied social activities, & worthwhile projects near & far. Our diverse members exchange ideas, create lifelong relationships, join in service projects that make a lasting impact in communities. We aim to have fun, but with a purpose.

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...in many ways - members are trustees of several charities; local organisation join us at our community fair to spread their message and raise cash; we join in events such as the CAMRA festival to raise money for local causes .......

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Overcoming challenges of public speaking or technology tournaments, or a Rotary Youth Leadership Awards course helps young people develop tools for success such as self-confidence, planning & team building skills.

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