THE FRIENDS OF DOLPHIN
The Friends of Dolphin is a Registered Charity (No: 284692). It was conceived as a special project by the Rotary Club of Parkstone in 1979 to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Rotary International. Dolphin I was launched on 23rd February 1980 at the Rotork yard in Hamworthy. On 21st August 1982, the Project was handed over by the Rotary Club of Parkstone to the first Chairman of The Friends of Dolphin, and has been a self-supporting Charity from that date. Since that time, Dolphin II was brought into service in 1990; both I and II were flat bottomed boats produced by Rotork / RTK Marine with a bow ramp which made it ideal for boarding wheelchairs. The Charity is run solely by volunteers and is completely non profit making. All monies raised, both by Fund Raising and Donations go directly towards the running cost and upkeep of Dolphin.
All the 'Dolphins' are boats that have been specially adapted to take disabled people of all ages and disabilities and in particular those in wheelchairs or with physical disabilities.
The aim of the Charity is to give free trips to disabled persons of all ages and disabilities who, due to the lack of suitable facilities, are unable to use the normal pleasure craft operating in Poole Harbour. There are usually two trips each day, with our operating season being from the beginning of May until the end of September.
Trips fall into three main types:
Around the Harbour and the Islands.
To Wareham (A popular trip, but dependent on the tides)
Fishing Trips (Especially popular with groups of disabled children)
Experience, explore, discover and join in with the arts at Lighthouse.
CINEMA * THEATRE *...0.6 miles away
Brownsea Island is located at the centre of Poole Harbour offering spectacular views across to...2.02 miles away
Small woodland on the edge of Upton (opposite Upton Country Park). Various events and volunteer...2.33 miles away
Explore leap, run, climb and play to the max
Childrens play zone2.8 miles away
Tower Park is the South Coast’s leading entertainment centre with Cinema, Childrens Play Area,...2.8 miles away
Splashdown is an all action water park with some of the UK's best water flumes. Spin in the...2.8 miles away
Tower Park… The South Coast’s Premier Entertainment Centre!!!
One of the original centres of its...2.83 miles away
A visit to Dorset really wouldn’t be complete if you are visiting the area with children or a big...2.87 miles away
Fine sandy beaches stretch continuously for 3 miles from South Haven Point to the chalk cliffs of...3.66 miles away
Farmer Palmer's is where young adventurers (eight years and under) can frankly ‘let their hair...4.71 miles away
Whether you want to see a show, be educated at a conference, attend an exhibition, enjoy some art...4.76 miles away
The Pavilion Theatre and Ballroom is Bournemouth's venue for year round entertainment. Built in the...4.89 miles away
Old Harry Rocks are two chalk sea stacks located at Handfast Point, on the Isle of Purbeck in...5.54 miles away
Archaeology, pictorial collection of Lawrence of Arabia. Also display of many artefacts relating to...5.66 miles away
Check website for opening times.5.69 miles away
Cinema and Special Event Evenings (Matinees during school holidays).
Stairlift to auditorium...5.75 miles away