The Ithaca Project
Why The Norfolk Broads
The Norfolk Broads is a gift; however, it is also largely overlooked by most, including our staff. Numerous studies have evidenced the mental health benefits that the sea, rivers, and lakes can provide, and we happen to have an amazing river network running through the heart of the county.
One of our directors, Rev. Natalie West and her partner Neil Spencer have kindly offered use of their classic wooden boat (Broadland Grebe) to our cause, which helped form the foundation of the Ithaca Project.
Since then, we have grown with two other members of the local boating community offering skippered cruises to our staff.
Choosing Who To Prioritise
Our purpose is to provide respite and decompression cruises to staff deemed at risk of clinical burnout or a mental health crisis.
These are informal and we have a ‘no strings attached’ approach. There is no expectation on staff to open up or discuss anything, we are simply brought together to escape from work-based stressors and enjoy the Broads as both friends and peers. Bespoke cruises are available if required and remain situation dependant.
Each cruise is led by the owners and trained Circus Head volunteers will assist throughout the day and provide peer led support and sign posting to the appropriate services if required.
The other two boats that have joined our cause are called Bollysnigh of Oakwood and Lovejoy, they are both magnificent and have unique and diverse histories.