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SCOPE DAY CENTRE MEMBERS Richard Pearson sitting in the stern, Louise Daw sitting down on the port side while Angie Paines waits for help to board.
On a day forecast to be sunny and warm, a cold easterly wind was blowing across the dock as three members from the Scope Day Centre, had an experience of boating on No 1 Dock.
Boarding the craft “Dylan” owned by the Barry Intersensory Club, Cliff Hayes, the club treasurer and powerboat skipper directed operations with the help of his wife and carers from Scope. The passengers two in wheelchairs are loaded aboard the specially made craft with a drop down bow, to allow for access from the new slipway.
Since the opening of the Barry Community Water Activities Centre in June, organisations joining to make use of the facilities, have grown beyond the anticipated numbers. There are now fourteen different clubs and organisations enrolled up as members.
The comments from many of the people of Barry, is it is great to see the old docks once again being used, by young and old, irrespective even of disabilities.
BCWAC chairman Chris Basten said when the main building is constructed the dock waters will be available to all persons wishing to learn to sail, row or canoe, and not just organisations. The projected cost of £2.5m, which the Trust is now trying to raise for the phase 3, is a major challenge, but he is confident that the voluntary team will achieve it, for the benefit of the town.