Story so far

In 2017 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.

Access Lizard adventure clients sitting in a kayak

2018:

Spring:

West Cornwall Youth Trust funded 6 days of kayaking sessions from Hayle harbour. A total of 75 participants, with 80% of them under 18.

Sept:

Smartline In Residence Scheme to collaborate with researchers from Exeter University and FoAM Kernow to develop the Sonic Kayak Technology for use on kayaks for people with additional sensory needs.

2019:

A year of growth with a new site and 3 successful funding applications.

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?

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.

Beach wheelchair

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.

2020:

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.

2021:

A successful recovery year – everyone was keen to get back to outdoor activities after the lockdowns. We adpated to working within covid restrictions and operated in the sheltered location of Clowance Estate. We ran 14 days of activities and gave 189 kayaking experiences.

We also worked on the Sensing Nature project with the University of Exeter to create a Kayaking Sensory Story. This project aims to develop and use sensory stories to help support safe and rewarding water-based experiences amongst people with complex and profound disabilities. In sensory stories, each sentence is partnered with a rich sensory experience. You can read more about the whole project HERE and download the story booklet. This is an exciting and ongoing project that will continue into 2022. We are hoping to use the story to bring the kayaking experience to people within their own environment. Please get in touch if you have a groups of people or a residential or educational setting that would be interested in having a kayaking sensory story visit.

2022:

As you may know, all the people that work with Access Lizard Adventure do this on top of their regular jobs. This will be challenging this year due to changes within the current team.
We’re therefore looking for more fabulous folk to continue the great work that has taken place so far. Without more people to help, we are unable to offer accessible kayaking sessions this year.
This could become a paid opportunity for the right person that is willing to grow the organisation and develop their own role.
We need organisers to help arrange the accessible sessions and fundraisers to secure grants for the future. Enthusiasm is important, kayaking experience is not necessary.
We look forward to hearing from you. Please call Annette on 07432 543 626 for an informal chat or email or use the contact us form.