The Ethel Trust is a Sheffield based charity established under a trust deed in 1988, having annual costs of approximately £50,000. They provide education, leisure and tonic, with a touch of magic to marginalised and vulnerable groups, by running day and residential outings on our community barge ‘Ethel’.
Trustees are Keith Levy, David Tuck and David Poulsom, three part-time staff are employed, along with seven sessional skippers; however, the majority of service is delivered by up to 30 locally based volunteers who come with a myriad of skills and experience.
"Our ‘un-Locking Confidence’ project provides a wonderful waterborne educational, vocational and recreational day or residential experience for learning disabled children and young people, who often have a combination of physical disability and mental health problems. We chose to work with this cohort, delivering free 1 and 3 day entry level 1 ASDAN accredited residential teamwork and boat handling courses, because they often miss out on the social, mental and physical stimulation of outdoor activity, especially when it is connected to the waterways. We felt giving them the chance to be involved in a very practical way would be uplifting, thereby enhancing the prospect of learning and skills development, and visibly leading to confidence building through adventure and discovery." - Tim Miskell, The Ethel Barge Trust
Operating with young people on the South Yorkshire waterways, they have identified a real need for their service overtime, which led them to apply for a grant from The Xactium Fund.
Since having been granted funds, the money has helped pay for local learning disabled/disabled children and young people, and support to have a rare and memorable boating experience on our local waterways.