Rocking the Boat

This project is run by All Aboard Watersports

What is the project?

Rocking the Boat is an intergenerational boat building project which is completely, free of charge. 


What does the project do?

The project brings together small groups, a minimum of 6 and maximum of 8 people, spanning all ages to work closely with our friendly, highly skilled experts to build two brand new boats from scratch. After eight consecutive weeks of working one day a week sawing, sanding, documenting (and drinking tea…) the project culminates with the launch of your vessel’s maiden voyage on the historic Bristol Harbour.

The great thing about Rocking the Boat is that no experience is necessary. If people want to get stuck in with a hands-on role but have never done anything like this before, it’s no problem at all. If they love the idea of the project but don’t fancy the practical side of things, that’s great. We need people for the essential but non-practical elements of the project, such as documenting the build for our digital scrapbook. Everyone is welcome on this project.

The weekly sessions are split into two, with half the day spent working on the boat, and the other half doing a maritime activity. The group as a whole collaboratively chooses from a maritime activity ranging from sailing or gig rowing, to kayaking.



How to get in touch

For more information please contact Miranda Wells on 07712661069 or email


Why did BAB fund it?

BAB commissioned several intergenerational pilots in 2016/17 and found a range of key learning about their effect. We particularly saw a positive effect on participants’ social networks and relationships when we created opportunities for older people to undertake activities with younger people in their community.  This is supported by NICE (link to NICE website), which identified that intergenerational group activities can prevent a decline in independence and support mental wellbeing.

BAB wanted to commission a project that delivered a range of themed activities that have the underlying aim of reducing isolation and empowering older people through activities with children and young people.  The empowerment of older people needed to be at the core of the programme, but it was also important to identify outputs for the young people involved. Some learning suggested that the most effective sessions were connected into the children and young people’s curriculums.

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