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The Sobriety Project uses the Yorkshire Waterways Museum, waterways and boats, community allotments, engineering and woodwork shops and the cafe as resources for personal development and regeneration to disadvantaged people. These include young people excluded or at risk of exclusion from school, people and their families resettling from a custodial sentence, adults with learning and physical disabilities, people with mental health issues and people suffering from the negative impact of unemployment, low income or rural isolation. 

The project is socially inclusive and provides training programmes, work experience and volunteering opportunities on the boats, in the workshops and in the museum, community garden and cafe.

The Yorkshire Waterways Museum

The Yorkshire Waterways Museum is our multi-award winning museum in Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. Our mission is to 'Use the heritage, arts and environment of the Yorkshire waterways as a resource for learning and regeneration'.
The Yorkshire Waterways Café offers opportunities for trainees and volunteers to gain skills and qualifications relevant to catering and customer care.
The workshops offer a unique training experience in wood, metal and plastics for a range of groups from excluded school students, people with brain injuries (to help with their motor skills), individuals with learning difficulties, volunteers and various craft groups. While enjoying the social worth gained while working in the workshops, all who attend can gain qualifications such as AQA's.
The allotments are used as a training resource for excluded young people on alternative education placements. It is a popular project for volunteers who work hard all year round with an experienced supervisor.
Visitors can enjoy a mile-long nature trail which extends along the canal towpath towards Rawcliffe, whilst keeping your eyes peeled for great crested newts, barn owls and several rare species of butterfly.
Or relax by the fish pond and have a picnic.
The Yorkshire Waterways Museum offers Children a safe indoor and outdoor environment to play while parents / guardians relax in the cafe or by the canal side.