Story so far
In 2018 after two successful Open Events funded by an UnLtd Award, Access Lizard Adventure was set up as a not-for-profit Community Interest Company with 5 directors.
West Cornwall Youth Trust funded 6 days of kayaking sessions from Hayle harbour. A total of 75 participants, with 80% of them under 18.
A year of growth with a new site and 3 successful funding applications.
We are very fortunate to have agreement from the owners of the private Clowance Estate to use the lake for inclusive kayaking. This is an amazing location with easy access and on-site facilities. The lake itself is shallow and very sheltered, which is ideal for beginners and those with high needs. It is great to have a safe and non-tidal location that increases the opportunities we can offer through the year.
Smartline, Exter Uni and FoAM Kernow
Our main project was with Smartline, an EU funded project with the University of Exeter.
The Sonic Kayak technology is both a musical and scientific instrument and has been developed by the Falmouth-based organisation FoAM Kernow. Working alongside FoAM the units were tested with a group of people with visual impairments, including a sound workshop and culminating in an Open Event in October. You may have seen a report on BBC Spotlight?
We are currently exploring future options to develop this technology further as the feedback has been very positive and other organisations are interested in how the units can be used for more user groups.
National Lottery award
The development of the new site at Clowance Estate has been supported by the National Lottery Awards for All so that we now have a full fleet of kayaks, wetsuits, safety equipment and a place to store equipment and for people to get changed.
Finally, we were awarded a grant from the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group Community Fund for a Beach Wheelchair.
We are very excited to have this resource available to be used at all our sites as it is easily transportable. We also have a banana board to help people when transferring from their chair into the beach wheelchair or onto the kayak or canoe.
To support people whilst on the water we also use cushions and bean bags for support. The main location for beach access is in Hayle Harbour where we also have easy parking.
A big pause while we all coped with the pandemic. We worked on an exciting Sensory Stories project (online) that will be revealed later in 2021.