All aboard at Oak Park Care Home!

The highlight of the many activities organised for our residents in July was a fantastic Safe Anchor Boat Trip at the lovely Shepley Bridge marina in nearby Mirfield.

Our Activities Co-ordinator Lizzie was accompanied by two other members of staff, Brogan and Rebecca, who took seven of our Oak Park Care Home residents on the trip.

The boat was named the E. Austen Johnson, a 46ft broad beam boat adapted for wheelchair users and individuals with mobility activities, and equipped with an access ramp, a lift and disabled toilet facilities.

Anchor Safe Trust is a registered charity run by volunteers and entirely dependent on donations. Its aim is to provide enjoyable, safe and therapeutic boat trips for those in our community who are disadvantaged through disabilities, social isolation, age or social deprivation. Supported by the Canal & River Trust, it also helps to maintain local waterways and surrounding environment.

Our crew was made up of one qualified volunteer helmsman and two trained volunteer crew members, and our trip on the River Calder included going through four locks, which was an interesting experience.

Taking in some of the country’s most picturesque and interesting waterways, the boat provided open plan cabin views of the countryside and we moored up for a lovely picnic lunch on board.

Our residents and staff thoroughly enjoyed their day out and everyone agreed how calming and restful the experience was.

And thankfully the sun showed its face, making it a top trip all round.