We are a volunteer organisation that provides accessible and safe boat trips on the River Tees between Stockton-on-Tees and Yarm for folk with any form of disability.
Being on the water can be soothing but can awaken the sences to the sights and sounds of the river.
We provide a relaxed and comfortable journey to improve our users wellbeing.
The Wheelyboat has been specially designed with a bow door that is hinged and lowers to form a ramp enabling ‘roll-on, roll-off’ access, to accommodate disabled people and wheelchair users in particular, easily and safely.
We run The Wheelyboat trips for folk with any form of disability, physical or mental health, together with their friends, family or support. Because of the access door in the bow it is so easy to board for the wheelchair user or less ambulant.
Usually starting from The River Tees Watersports Centre in Stockton, trips are generally one or two hours. A two hour trip takes us to Preston Park where we can disembark for a picnic or icecream.
The Wheelyboat is managed and operated by volunteers who receive no financial reward.
Members who are Boat Skippers and Crew are trained to the standards required by The Marine and Coastguard Agency.
We are delighted to have The Baroness Grey-Thompson as our Patron and we have been supported by national and local charities and orginisations since our commencement in 2009.
These supporters are listed on the Support page.
We welcome new members to learn and operate the boat, support our clients or just spread the word.
Contact us by phone, email or the contact form.
Its so easy to book a trip with us. Just phone, email or use the Contact Form
Check with the Booking Calendar to see the available days and times and let us know when you want to book.
There is paperwork to be completed before the trip and this will be explained to you.
For more information go to our Make a booking page.