It is with sadness that VTIC advises that long term VTIC member and industry stalwart Woody Marriott, Manager of Ambleside Tours, has decided to call it a day due to ill health.
The ever optimist, Woody has worked for many years seeking accessible accommodation, tourist attractions and transp
ort infrastructure and innovations for people with disabilities; and studied these issues overseas when awarded a Churchill Fellowship back in 2001.
From humble beginnings with a trip for only 3 clients to Swan Hill and 11 attending the musical Phantom of the Opera in Melbourne, Ambleside Tours has grown from strength to strength incorporating regional Victoria and interstate trips with action packed adventures along the way.
With wife Carol ever at his side, Woody has kept his dream alive over the years, but an ever increasing tours workload, responsibilities with grandchildren as well as disability advocacy work, has meant the business is sadly no longer viable.
Ambleside Tours has run as a not for profit organisation specifically designed to cater for people with a range of
disabilities. Through the careful selection of activities, venues, duration and the organisation of support carers, Ambleside have catered
for many profoundly disabled people.
Facilitated outings and tours have included short term trips from a day at the football to weekend get-a-ways and interstate or regional tours going for several days.
The clientele have been of mixed ‘abilities’ and Ambleside Tours have worked very hard to ensure that as far as possible people with quite significant disabilities can participate.
The last Ambleside outing is a celebrative lunch at the Ringwood Church of Christ, Ringwood on 27 October at 12.30 pm – please save this date for a big farewell to Ambleside Tours.