The Nancy Oldfield Trust

The aim of the Nancy Oldfield Trust is to provide the opportunity for people who are disabled or disadvantaged to enjoy a day out on the water, try new activities, improve their self confidence and increase their environmental awareness.

Anyone who is disadvantaged, or has a disability; physical or emotional, temporary or permanent, regardless of their age can enjoy sailing, canoeing, fishing, bird watching and motor boat cruises.

Read our latest Annual Review here

This video featuring Mik Scarlet is a really interesting account of his journey around the Broads and includes the Trust!

The Centre is situated in the village of Neatishead on Barton Broad. A fully accessible bungalow on site sleeps up to 10 in four bedrooms with en suite wet rooms. Groups can stay for a weekend, a few days or a week, and take advantage of all the boating activities while they are here.

There is a reception area and office, and a large classroom also on site.

Our Amazing Team

There are two full time RYA Senior Instructors who, with the Centre Manager and a team of 40 trained and experienced volunteers, support the boating activities of the Trust. Part time staff include an administrator, an accounts officer and a bosun.

Stephen Bradnock
Stephen Bradnock
Colin Savidge
Colin Savidge
senior instructor
Mark Elson
Mark Elson
senior instructor
Charles Hare-Winton
Charles Hare-Winton
seasonal senior instructor
Caryl Wright
Caryl Wright

Our Trustees

  • Frank James (Chairman)
  • David Prettyman (Fundraising Director and Vice Chair)
  • Simon George (Finance Director/Treasurer)
  • Liz Ollier (HR Director)
  • Diane Harber (Marketing Director)
  • Jasper Copping
  • Peter Hawes
  • Val Khambatta
  • David Lennard-Jones
  • Christopher Peck
  • Simon Smith

Visit Us

Over 6000 people come to the trust each year. Many of them are regular groups who come weekly or fortnightly throughout the year. In the Summer months we have school groups as well.

Monday to Friday we take groups out at 10.30 and 13.30 for around two and a half hours. We ask for a donation of £11.00 per person, with carers going free. However the minimum donation per boat is £22.00, so if there is only one person with a carer, we will ask you to pay £22.00. If you have difficulty with paying for boat trips or transport to get to us, please ask about our non means tested bursary scheme which may be able to help. We can arrange weekend cruises and sailing and with sufficient notice, we can be more flexible with timing.

Please contact us if you would like to arrange a trip.