Dementia Project: FREE Powerboat Trips

All-Aboard is offering FREE powerboat sessions for individuals with Dementia, Dementia Care Homes, or the Elderly who feel isolated,

lonely or have difficulty getting out in the community. If you have always wanted to see what the Harbour looks like from the water, our accessible powerboat trips are perfect for you.

This project has been funded by Bristol Merchant Venturers.

Individual sessions

We are delivering weekly powerboat trips on Thursdays at 10.00am – 12.30pm for those who have Dementia or the elderly who are isolated, lonely or have difficulty accessing activities in the community. These sessions are running from 13th September 2018 to 15th November 2018. Family, friends or carers are welcome to come. If you are interested or would like to attend, please ring 0117 929 0801 or click contact us and let us know your name and date you would like to attend.


Dementia Care Homes or Community Groups

As part of this project we are able to offer up to 2 FREE sessions for dementia community groups or dementia care homes. As these sessions is a private session for your group, we will be able to be more flexible with the dates and times your sessions run. Your sessions will need to happen in 2018. If you would like more information or book, please ring 0117 929 0801 or click contact us.


What does our accessible powerboat look like

During these sessions we will be using our accessible powerboat ‘Aiming Higher’. The front of ‘Aiming Higher’ drops down into a ramp making it easy for wheelchair users and non-ambulant individuals to come aboard. Our boat can take up to 3 wheelchairs at a time and up to 10 persons during the trip (including wheelchair users). You will have an helm driving the boat and a crew on board with you to make sure you are comfortable.

We have fleeces you can use when on the powerboat if you get cold, though we advise you bring warm clothes if you attend the sessions during the winter months.

Benefits of these sessions

We have worked with many individuals and community groups affected by Dementia. Our powerboat trip takes you up river, and if time, into the Feeder Canal. This is a really relaxing trip where you can take in the historic sights of the harbour.  We have had many memorable occasions where individuals have recalled what Bristol looked like as a child, when their father worked on the tram lines in the centre, or when they used to live in a boat on the river. We had one family who said it was the first time they had seen their loved one genuinely smile in a long time.