Droitwich Waterways (Pamela May) Trust Ltd

Registered Charity no. 1149844    Company no. 7662700

 Safeguarding Policy

Web: www.droitwichcanals.co.uk; www.pamelamay.co.uk

Facebook:  Droitwich Pamela May Community Trip Boat

Who we are

The Droitwich Waterways (Pamela May) Trust Ltd was established in 2011 following the restoration of the Droitwich Canals and the remaining assets of the Droitwich Canals Trust were transferred to the new Trust.

The Trust’s objectives are to operate a community boat (the Pamela May) primarily for the elderly, disabled and disadvantaged, and to promote the preservation of the Droitwich Canals and the enhancement of their environment to encourage recreational activities which lead to the adoption of healthy life styles.

The Trust is managed by 5 Trustees. Patrons are supporters of the Trust who pay a subscription and receive a magazine two times a year.  Patrons meetings are arranged twice a year for the Trustees to report on activities. Invited speakers also give presentations on matters of interest, and an annual outing to another waterway is arranged.  Patrons are encouraged to become active volunteers, either as crew members, environmental volunteers or running fund raising activities.

Around 30 active volunteers are trained crew members, and most are either fully qualified or working towards RYA certification. New volunteers are welcome and are invited on trips with experienced and qualified crew members in order to learn the ropes.  A ‘Steering Group’ of senior crew members meets regularly to discuss issues relating to the operation of the Pamela May and makes recommendations to the Trustees as required.

The Trust has adoption agreements with the Canal & River Trust (CRT) including the development of a wildlife area adjacent to the Droitwich Junction Canal and the Brindley Spill Weir which feeds the Coney Meadow reed bed, along with general maintenance tasks as agreed with CRT.

Why we need a Safeguarding Policy

Creating a safe and welcoming environment, where everyone is respected and valued, is at the heart of safeguarding. It’s about making sure the Trust is run in a way that actively prevents harm, harassment, bullying, abuse and neglect. It’s also about being ready to respond safely and well if there is a problem.

Our first charitable purpose is  to operate a community boat primarily for the elderly, disabled and disadvantaged.  Many of these people are vulnerable  and some of them will be children.

The Care Act 2014 put the safeguarding of adults on a statutory footing.  The Trust has a duty of care that includes safeguarding for children and people in a vulnerable situation.  The Trustees and volunteers must actively work to prevent abuse from occurring within the Trust, and must be prepared to respond proportionately if abuse or neglect has occurred.

What is the purpose and scope of this Policy?

The purpose of this policy is to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults who travel on the Pamela May from harm.  This includes the children of adults who use our services.  It also sets out to inform our volunteers as well as our users of the overarching principles that guide our approach.

How will we enable a safe and protective culture?

As our main beneficiaries are vulnerable adults, the Trust is aware of their needs and pays particular attention to their needs.  We have  procedures in place for accommodating their needs, for example loading and unloading wheelchairs.  We also require all children and vulnerable adults to be accompanied by a carer who is responsible for their well being on our cruises.  We also encourage young people to take an interest in the work of the Trust and have two nominated leads for junior involvement.

We encourage feedback from our users, and ensure that all volunteers are aware of their needs and abide by our code of conduct. We also have a procedure for reporting concerns and disclosures which is incorporated into our Equality and Diversity Policy which emphasises our supportive culture.

We are committed to reviewing our policy annually.

Supporting documents:

Equality and Diversity Policy

Privacy Policy

Operating Procedure for Loading and Unloading Wheelchairs

Guidance for Skippers Code of Conduct

Contact us

Leads for Junior Involvement:

James Cowlishaw, 01905 827380 & 07897 498988.  Email: Jamescowlishaw@talktalk.net

Steve Wyers, , 01905 795636 & 07881 465630.  Email: sywyers@gmail.com

Trustee lead for safeguarding: Margaret Rowley

If you have any questions or requests in relation to this safeguarding policy  they should be sent to amargaretrowley@aol.com telephone 01905 345307 or by post to Old Park, Plough Road, Tibberton, Droitwich Spa, WR9 7NN.