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Trevassack Lake

Work is underway at Trevassack Lake to build a brand new accessible watersports centre for ALL. The project will transform the former serpentine quarry with its 10 acres of sheltered waters, into a year-round watersports facility providing accessible activities, with outstanding disabled facilities and a wide range of specialist equipment.

Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust, has signed a contract with local firm Brady Construction Services and work has commenced. The site, consisting of a Learning Centre and three holiday cottages, is scheduled to open to the public in July 2021.

The Learning Centre will incorporate features such as Changing Places toilets and accessible changing rooms; while purpose-built holiday cottages funded through grants from the Bradbury Foundation and The Clare Milne Trust will provide activity holidays for families affected by disability both locally and from across the UK.

Trevassack Lake will be a safe and welcoming environment for children and adults of all abilities to learn new skills and have fun on the water. We’ll be encouraging schools, youth and community groups and the general public to visit us, try out watersports and enjoy the onsite café.

Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust is now raising funds for additional specialist equipment for young people with multiple and severe disabilities. If you would like to help more young people with disabilities experience watersports, please make a donation today.

Complete our online survey for the chance to win a week’s stay at Trevassack Lake in 2021.

We are running a short survey aimed at the future bookers of accessible holidays at Trevassack Lake. We’d like to find out a little bit more about you and the features you feel are essential for an enjoyable break, to help us make Trevassack Lake the first-choice destination for a welcoming, fun and relaxing accessible holiday.

The survey is open until 31 December 2020. To take part, follow the link to SurveyMonkey.

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If you know someone who you think would like to take part, please forward them the link to the survey.

Our vision is for a Centre of Excellence for Water Sports for All creating a much-needed facility where children and young people with all abilities, even those with multiple and profound disabilities can enjoy water sports. The Centre, consisting of a Learning Centre and 7 residential lodges, will be built at Trevassack Lake on The Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Lake, formerly a serpentine quarry, is a 10-acre expanse of water – big enough to provide challenging activities but safe enough for independent exploration.

Cornwall, one of Britain’s most popular visitor destinations, has few advertised activities for visitors with disabilities and family accommodation for such visitors is scarce.

The Learning Centre

The Learning Centre will include a large, double height classroom with a vaulted ceiling tall enough to rig a mast. Classes for up to 30 children will include sailing theory, water safety and environmental studies. This space will have the flexibility to serve as a learning space, dining area, games room or community venue. The designs incorporate a high dependency heated changing room for children with severe disabilities. A veranda, extending out over the lake, will provide external seating for viewing and refreshments. Close by at the lakeside, wheelchair accessible pontoons and hoists will enable children with disabilities to use adapted craft for sailing, kayaking, canoeing, rowing and stand-up paddle-boarding.
A separate beach, away from the boat launching area will provide easy water access for swimmers. This area will have its own shower facilities and a hoist will enable easy access to the water for those with limited mobility.

Floating Classroom
This accessible boat with solar-powered, battery-charged electric engines will enable children and young people with even the most profound disabilities to experience being afloat.

The Lodges

Families with children and young people with disabilities have difficulty finding accessible accommodation with the right combination of facilities for their needs.

The 3 Trevassack lake lodges being constructed in this phase will provide high-quality accommodation for much-needed family breaks for groups of up to 6 people.

The lodge designs are uplifting and aspirational. Each lodge has vaulted ceilings and large patio doors to create a sense of openness. A private outdoor area will give beautiful views over the lake so that guests benefit from the restful and calm environment. Detailed consultation with parents and specialists mean that the lodge designs incorporate practical details such as extra large laundry areas and adapted beds. Two high dependency lodges will have integrated hoists to enable easy movement from bedroom to an ensuite wet room.

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