Welcome to our blog. The NCBA is an umbrella organisation supporting and representing inland waterway community boating organisations.
My idea is to create a hub of information where community boating projects across the UK can share their latest news and pictures. We’ll be able to do that with our new blog, Facebook and Twitter accounts.
A typical view of community boating is that it has something to do with disabled people or troubled teenagers. I’d like to share information that shows it to be so much more than that.
As use of the canals and rivers for leisure has grown in popularity we have seen decades of effort go into updating the physical structure of the waterways. The exciting thing about community boating is that it is supporting both community and waterways regeneration. The NCBA offers training and support for community boating projects, promotes social cohesion and safe access to community boats.
The canals and waterways are the love of my life; I’m passionate about the idea that they should be accessible for all, regardless of ability or personal finances. Let’s get Britain boating!
The launch of the Canal and River Trust presents an exciting time and an opportunity for change. Our members engage with some of the hardest to reach communities and provide access to the water for disaffected and disadvantaged members of our society. A lot of people cannot afford to go boating on their local waterway; this is where community boating can help. Communities live alongside canals that they currently cannot use.
The canals were at the heart of the Industrial Revolution; let’s put them at the heart of a social one!
What do you think? Do you know of a community boating project near you?