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Job Opportunity: Inclusion Coordinator

i Mar 13th No Comments by

We are looking to appoint a person who will be responsible for coordinating the Inclusion Project at the Centre by developing this successful project further. This post is as a 1 year contract.

The post will be based on a 35 hour week but will involve flexible working, including some evenings and weekends.

Due to the nature of the work the post will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Salary NJC SCP 19-21 £22,218 – £23,610 (inc Location Allowance) depending on qualifications and experience.

Closing date Friday 24 March 2017. Interviews will be held in the last week of March 2017.

If you are interested in applying for the post please contact us for an application form on
info@shadwell-basin.org.uk

Full job description PDF

Job Vacancy: Maintenance Co-ordinator & Instructor

i Feb 23rd No Comments by

The Centre is seeking to appoint a co-ordinator to be responsible for maintenance of the buildings, craft and ancillary equipment and to coach in the activities programme. We are looking for an enthusiastic, hard working and experienced instructor with a range of NGB qualifications in sailing, canoeing and rowing who will play an active role coaching sessions and fulfil the responsibilities of RYA Principal.

Full job Description PDF.

The post will be based on a 35 hour week but will involve flexible working, including some evenings and weekends.

Due to the nature of the work the post will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Salary NJC SCP 22-24 £24,135 – £25,437 (inc Location Allowance) depending on qualifications and experience.

Closing date Monday 6 March 2017
Interviews will be held on Wednesday 8 or Thursday 9 March 2017.

For application information contact:
Centre Co-ordinator, 3-4 Shadwell Pierhead, Glamis Road, London E1W 3TD. Or email: information@shadwell-basin.org.uk

Shadwell is a multi-activity Centre located on the banks of the Thames in East London that provides outdoor activities for the whole community.

Shadwell Basin is committed to equality of opportunity – Registered Charity No.293475

Kala Patthar Challenge

i Sep 22nd No Comments by

Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Centre Kala Patthar Challenge Success!

The challengers summited Kala Patthar (5555m) at 16.57 on Friday 28th October.

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The group flew from Kathmandu and begun the trek in Lukla.  The Trek passed through Phakding, Monjo, Namche Bazar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche and finally Gorakshep prior to summiting the Himalayan peak of Kala Patthar in the Everest Valley.  It was a great achievement for the group of eight young people and the four Shadwell staff members.

“It was such an amazing journey being surrounded by the worlds giant mountains and finally the view of Everest itself from Kala Patthar, although physically and mentally draining”.

The young people battled fatigue and minor illnesses at times in the altitude however were generally fit and healthy.  “Well done to them for the training prior to the trip and their success on their expedition”.

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As we returned from the summit the stunning Ama Dablam towers up from the cloud base below.

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An unforgettable view as the sun sets over the region.

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The Community Project

We established a link with Monjo Primary School in the Himalayan village of Monjo.  The group members and Centre staff completed a community project there to develop the playground and PE facilities.  The children also receive school equipment to enhance learning and clothing to keep warm in the cold mountainous conditions making it easier for them to focus on their lessons.

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Here is a picture of the Kala Patthar Challenge Team and the young people of the school after they received their down jackets and school bags filled with stationary and other items.  The team taught lessons in English, Mathematics, Art’s and crafts, Football, Skipping, Team Games and a sports racing challenge.

 

Prior to the expedition

The group have been fundraising and training for the expedition for a year and completed their last training trip to Snowdon in September.  Following in the footsteps of the very first Everest expedition, the team climbed up Snowdon via the ridge of Lliwedd, enjoying the fantastic views from the top.

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Details of the expedition

The expedition will trek from Lukla to Kala Patthar on an epic journey reaching 5,555 metres. The group of eight 15 to 18 year olds will spend 22 days from October to November 2016 walking in the Everest Valley. During the trek they will learn about the region, its people and the environment.

We have also established a link with Monjo Primary School in the Himalayan village of Monjo.  The group members and Centre staff will complete a community project there to develop the playground and PE facilities.  The children will also receive school equipment to enhance learning and clothing to keep warm in the cold mountainous conditions making it easier for them to focus on their lessons.

The young people on the challenge will have an adventure of a lifetime , most definitely have a life changing experience and then be in a position to inspire others. On return from the expedition they will visit local schools and present the project to other young people.

A massive thank you to all our sponsors and those that donated money towards this successful expedition and to those that helped but did not go on this amazing adventure. We did it for all of you. 

Thank you.

40th Anniversary Celebration – Saturday 16th July – 10.30am to 4.30pm

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Shadwell Basin has worked as a Charity to provide outdoor adventurous activities at an affordable cost for the whole community for 40 years. Come and celebrate with us as we provide activities for the whole family, including bouncy castle, face painting and a music festival with a DJ playing 40 years of hits in between four live Bands.  There will be refreshments on Brussels Wharf and at the Centre there will be a Tea Room with light snacks and refreshments.  There will also be a History Exhibition documenting Shadwell and it’s people over the past 40 years.

The Event Programme: The Centre will run a Flotilla of craft on the Thames arriving at Shadwell Pierhead at around 11.00am. The music festival plays from 12 noon. An adventure activities programme in bell boating & indoor climbing for 5-8’s and kayaking, canoeing, sailing, climbing and high ropes for 9yrs and above will run from 12am to 1pm – 1.30pm to 2.30pm and 3pm to 4pm.  To take part in Outdoor activities you need to be 5 and over and have a completed parent Consent form (5 to 18’s). These can be completed at registration. Please register 30 minutes prior to activity times and bring a change of clothes including footwear that does not expose your feet. Activities cost £5.00 for adults or £2.50 for children.

‘Adventure For All’ Making Waves in London

i Jun 8th No Comments by

The Royal Yachting Association has featured Shadwell Basin’s ‘Adventure for all’ programme in it’s Spring news.

They chatted with Inclusion Coordinator: Rob Edwards, looking at the successes of the programme and how we are promoting a sense of independence and achievement in East London’s disabled young people.

Read the Article.

If you want to take advantage of Adventure for All, Contact Rob at rob.edwards@shadwell-basin.org.uk

Kayakathon Video

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In April, Shadwell played host to the 2016 London Kayakathon. We had over 100 kayakers as guests, all paddling 26 miles on the Thames on the weekend of the London Marathon.

Here’s a video of the day from the bank, that’s been shared on YouTube

Adventure for All

i Jan 22nd No Comments by

In 2014 the Centre was successful in gaining a three year grant from Sport England to set up an Inclusion Programme.  The programme has been a great success so far, with many young people from local schools and organisations, as well as individuals, taking part in activities.  If you are interested in bringing a group or have any queries about the programme please give Rob, our Inclusion Co-ordinator, a call on 020 7481 4210 or email rob.edwards@Shadwell-basin.org.uk

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

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Our new Bronze Award group are starting their training on Thursday 11 February, if you are interested in joining the group please come along on that evening or give Rachel Bean a call on 020 7481 4210, or email Rachel.bean@Shadwell-basin.org.uk

The group will be training onsite with evening sessions in navigation, campcraft and cooking.  These sessions will lead on to day trips out around London to put the skills into practice, before gearing up for a practice weekend and the main expedition early in the autumn.

The training dates for 2016 are as follows:

Thursday 11 February – Equipment evening at Shadwell

Sunday 6 March – day out for navigation

Thursday 17 March – Map reading evening at Shadwell

Thursday 14 April – Tent pitching evening at Shadwell

Thursday 21 April – Navigation evening at Shadwell

Sunday 15 May – navigation day out at Bewl Water

Thursday 26 May – Campcraft & cooking evening at Shadwell

Thursday 9 June – Navigation planning evening at Shadwell

Sunday 19 June – day out at Ashdown Forest

Thursday 7 July – First Aid evening at Shadwell

Thursday 8 September – Route Cards and expedition planning evening at Shadwell

Friday 9 – Sunday 11 September – training expedition – venue TBC

Thursday 29 September – Final planning meeting at Shadwell

Friday 30 Sept – Sunday 2 October – Assessed Expedition – venue TBC

 

Kala Patthar Challenge

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Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Centre will be taking a group of young people on an international expedition to Nepal in October 2016.

The expedition will trek from Lukla to Kala Patthar on an epic journey reaching 5,555 metres. The group of twelve 15 to 18 year olds will spend 22 days from October to November 2016 walking in the Everest Valley. During the trek they will learn about the region, its people and the environment.

We have also established a link with Monjo Primary School in the Himalayan village of Monjo.  The group members and Centre staff will complete a community project there to develop the playground and PE facilities.  The children will also receive school equipment to enhance learning and clothing to keep warm in the cold mountainous conditions making it easier for them to focus on their lessons.

The young people on the challenge will have an adventure of a lifetime , most definitely have a life changing experience and then be in a position to inspire others. On return from the expedition they will visit local schools and present the project to other young people.

The overall fundraising target for the Kala Patthar Challenge was £27,000. To date with our Virgin Money Giving page, individual and team fundraising and assistance from independent funders and groups we have so far raised £25,500.  This is an amazing achievement and we are truly grateful to those who have supported us so far.  Our final push in the next three weeks will be to achieve our overall target of £27,000.
There are many individual success stories with the fundraising that we have done so far. The young people going on the expedition should be congratulated for their individual fundraising successes,  some of them have raised more than double their target, with one young person raising over £1,000 compared to the £360 target set.  Kala Patthar group events also raised over £2,000, with a great Quiz Night and fantastic Salsa Evening organised by the parents and the London Kayakathon, where some of the young people took part in a marathon distance paddle on the River Thames.  There have also been great individual projects which have helped us towards our target.  One of these is the Bench Blisters Rowing Team, made up from London magistrates, who participated in the 2015 Great River Race, raising £10,400.

If you would like to support the team please come along to one of our fundraising events, details will be listed on the website, or you can make a donation via our fundraising page at

www.virginmoneygiving.com/kala-patthar-challenge

Lobuche East Challenge

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Update: Friday 6th November.  On Wednesday 4th November at 11.30am elated and exhausted the team summited Lobuche East Peak 6119m (20,076ft) . Starting at 2.00am in the morning crossing grade 2 rock bands on the lower mountain they started the ascent on ice at dawn.  At the top the team were rewarded with amazing views of the worlds highest peaks including Mount Everest.  Abseiling down fixed ropes from the summit the descent back to base camp ended in the dark at 7.00pm.  The whole ascent and descent of Lobuche East Peak took 17 Hours in total, leaving the team completely exhausted but feeling on top of the world.  Thank you to all those of you that have supported us and donated to the Lobuche East Challenge.  We will see you all soon, Will, Mike & Ian.

Virginmoneygiving.com/team/Lobuche-East-Challenge

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On top of Lobuche East with Mount Everest in the background.

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Views from the top and of the climb

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Update: Wednesday 4 November.  The team are on their way to Lobuche East summit today.  Good luck guys!

Update: Tuesday 3 November.  Will, Mike, Ian and Mira have arrived at Lobuche and are spending the day preparing for their climb on Wednesday.  It’s not too late to sponsor the team, you can donate online through their Virgin Money Giving page, search for Will Tytler and the Lobuche East Challenge will come up.  All money raised will go towards the 2016 40th anniversary funds, including funding a trip to Nepal for 12 young people.

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Update: Monday 2 November.  The team are now trekking from Dingboche to Lobuche and will spend Tuesday preparing for their climb.  On Wednesday they will walk to Lobuche Base Camp before their climb on Thursday.

The first view of Lobuche East!

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The team arrived safely in Dingboche – some pictures of the journey so far:

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We have arrived in Namche Bazaar at 3445m.  We leave tomorrow to trek to Tengboche and then on to Dingboche the day after, here will acclimatise in preparation for the trek to Lobuche.  It is snowing here and so we will expect some fantastic pictures on route through the Everest Valley.  We are 5 days from attempting to climb Lobuche East Peak at 6,119m.  We will try to update everyone in Dingboche.

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On the trek from Lukla to Namche Bazaar

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On arrival at Lukla Airport

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We are here in Katmandu

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Lobuche East Challenge is an expedition to Climb Lobuche East Peak in the Himalaya in Nepal. Will Tytler, Ian Tytler and Mike Wardle, will climb the 6119m (20,076ft) mountain between 23rd October and 12th November 2015. All the money raised will go towards a mountaineering expedition by young people between 16 and 19 years old from Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Centre. The expedition aims to take young people from the East End of London and Climb Kalapatar in the Everest valley in October 2016. The group when there will also complete a community project for local people.

Please donate to our challenge to give them the opportunity of a lifetime.

Virginmoneygiving.com/team/Lobuche-East-Challenge