Surrey Care Trust

Swingbridge Community Boats Project

The Big Idea is that we help vulnerable & disadvantaged people in otherwise affluent Surrey to have a second chance in life thru skills training, & also offer them respite with a trip on our two community boats. The boats undertake conservation work with offenders & volunteers & turns lives around.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 August 2011 to 12:00 PM, 1 December 2012




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For those with low self-esteem & those lacking in confidence, it provides opportunities to re-build lives after, either offending or other debilitating experiences, such as alcoholism and homelessness, or simply not feeling qualified to work in a highly educated marketplace. Also, conserving Surrey’s waterways by clearing & maintaining work on behalf of the National Trust & Environment Agency. Also, by providing therapeutic, educational trips to vulnerable groups from other charities in Surrey.


We have seen offenders become clean, give up smoking and drinking and volunteer for Swingbridge, helping others. We have seen former offenders go on to find work and turn their lives around. Daily, throughout the summer months, we see our 50+ volunteers working as teams, without whom we could not run the project, providing trips for others to benefit from. We have groups of disadvantaged youths growing in confidence and learning new skills. We're providing opportunities for learning and growth.