If you are a lover of the countryside but can’t get out into it as easily as you’d like, whether on account of disability, injury or older age, the Colchester BOMA 7 is here for your use (enquiries from individuals, groups and organizations are all welcome).
The BOMA is available at the park for new and occasional users on open afternoons and by private arrangement throughout spring and summer. Meet: Visitor Centre, Turner Road. All are welcome, but please be in touch first to book.
- Open afternoons run from April through until September – dates will be posted here during that period
- Individual use – the Boma is also available by individual arrangement through the autumn and winter months, subject to our availability. To book a time slot… or just to find out a bit more first, whether for yourself or somebody you know, please be in touch with us.
Please note: all sessions subject to weather and confirmation nearer the time.
Background to the project
In November 2011, Walk Colchester were announced winners of a £6,275 national NatWest Community Force award towards purchase of a BOMA all-terrain chair for the Colchester community. The award was based on a public vote, the result of the support of many local friends in and around Colchester and further afield. Then, in January 2012, Colchester Catalyst Charity matched this success with a further very generous award of over £5,000 making the BOMA project finally a reality.
What’s so special about the Boma and why is it needed?
For many mobility-restricted walkers, access to the countryside is limited to so-called ‘easy-access’ trails which are few in number, and inevitably restricted in their terrain and landscape interest. The Boma opens the landscape right up, offering disabled and older walkers the real possibility of accessing our beautiful and diverse countryside on an equal basis with non-disabled walkers and cyclists.
‘Friends of the Boma’ (local supporters and promoters)
The ‘Friends’ comprise a support network of people working in related fields (community, health, cycling, disability, countryside management) who have put their name to the project and committed to helping us promote it and generate new users (many thanks to all), including representatives from:
- CCVS (Colchester Community Voluntary Services)
- Cycle Colchester
- MSRC (Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre)
- Colchester Ramblers
- NE Essex Wheelchair Service
- Colchester General Neuro Rehab team
- The Phoenix swimming club
- The Colchester Garrison
- The Wilson Marriage Centre