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Community impact

The Lynher River Barge CIC and its Directors have a particular interest in the imaginative reuse and development of heritage assets to meet the new and ever evolving social, cultural and economical challenges faced by all modern communities. To this end, we are working with Plymouth School of Creative Arts to educate children within our local community.

Using the theme of Sustainability on the Water, the children have been learning how to use tools, source sustainable material and plan the build or repair of a boat as a means of transport for both people and cargo. The ongoing conservation of the barge is enabling local children to learn the skills required to operate safely and enjoy our waterways whilst exploring their maritime heritage.

In order to help the parents to engage with outdoor water-based activities together with their children, Lynher Barge partners with other water-sports centre and the Plymouth School of Creative Arts to deliver the Sport England funded project “Making Waves Together”  

This project is based along the module of the “River School” but for families. It involves living aboard together using only sustainable materials and equipment to carry out domestic chores. Cooking together fresh, local produce and learn some new, healthy recipes. A cruise on the barge along the waterways identifies new locations for the families to explore. Anchored in a secluded cove, children & parents can learn to paddle, row, dinghy sail in a calm surrounding. It is an effective way for the community of Plymouth to reconnect with their environment and heritage whilst learning new skills.

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The Firefly Project

Autumn 2015 saw the launch of The Firefly Project. It is currently progressing towards the establishment of a sailing club to benefit the school’s students and their families.

The River School

The River School expands the concept of education outside the classroom by providing educational packages to schools on the Plymouth waterways. We are working with Social Enterprise Networks and Educational Partnerships to achieve this goal.

Boat Building at Plymouth School of Creative Arts

Our making project is a led project made by Mike “Boat Building”. We are restoring two firefly dinghy the first one is No.7 and will be painted red. Our objective is to start sailing the boats by September and for members of the club to get RYA training certificates. This week we have been… [read more]