About us

Safe Anchor Trust Ltd
Registered Company 4700044
Registered Charity 1100071

The Safe Anchor Trust Ltd is an award winning charity providing trips on the waterways particularly for special needs groups, socially disadvantaged groups and those with health and mobility problems. The Trust runs four passenger boats, two of which have full wheelchair accessibility. ‘Safe Anchor Lady’, a boat specifically designed for passengers with special needs was completed by volunteers in 2010. A further easy access boat, ‘E Austen Johnson’ returned to service in 2012 following a complete refit. The Trust also owns a work-boat which is available for use by community canal-side projects.

Safe Anchor Trust works in partnership with The Canal & River Trust and Kirklees Council and our base at ‘The Marina Project’ in Shepley Bridge Marina, Mirfield has been developed in partnership with Kirklees Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Trust.

The Trust was established in 1995 and in recent years around 14,000 passengers have been carried on the boats each year. Since The Trust was started, over 750 community groups have enjoyed outings on the boats. All staff involved with the charity are volunteers and donations go directly to provide running costs. It is a principle of The Trust that there is no charge for trips, although all donations are always welcomed.

The aims of the charity are:
• To provide free access to the waterways for special needs groups;
• To improve towpaths and canal-side environment;
• To contribute, with our partners in providing a safer environment by reducing the opportunities for crime;
• To provide education and training opportunities for young people.

The awards won by The Trust are:
• Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award Winners 2003;
• Duke of York’s Community Initiative Award 2003 & 2007 &2013;
• Waterways Trust Renaissance National Award 2003.
• Huddersfield Examiner Community Project of the year 2009.

The Trust operates to these basic principles:

1. No charge is made for the outings it provides.

2. No payments are made to Trustees or Volunteers. All funds raised go to the costs of procuring, maintaining and operating its boats.

3. The Trust does not incur debt. No purchases are made or commitments entered until full funding has been acquired.

4. The Trust does not hire out its boats. Those seeking private hire should approach a commercial operator