Enable Holidays

Introducing “Enable” canal boat holidays”…

Each summer, we supplement our regular programme of day trips with some very special residential holidays for small numbers of disadvantaged young people.  

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Holidays are usually for a full week and we journey along the Grand Union Canal from our Hemel Hempstead boat base towards London or Milton Keynes and back again. We use our 12 berth boats – Sheldrake 2 and Close Shave and have a crew/support team of six with six young people for whom this is a great adventure.  Amongst the support team are at least a couple of people in the same age group as the participants.

We call these holidays ‘Enables’, for the simple reason that their unique benefit is enabling youngsters with physical or learning difficulties to do more for themselves and others than they are used to.  

Planning and delivering these trips is a serious business and Waterways Experiences’ Enable team comprises professionals with extensive experience in working with young people of all ability levels.  All volunteers on board the trips are DBS checked.  

In 2017 we added  weekend trips for Young Carers – people whose daily lives include a large measure of caring for a sibling or parent.  There are more young carers trips taking place during 2018 and 2019. 

Holiday details
Enable Volunteering
Enable canal adventures 2017
View a short video made by one of our 2017 holiday-makers.
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If you know a young person who might benefit from an ‘Enable’, please drop a message to enable@wexp.org.uk.  Include a brief description of their special needs and a contact phone number.