Which kind of charities do you tend to support? Are you a nature-lover focused on the environment? Do you give your heart to children’s charities? Do you want to make an active difference to people with disabilities? Or do you support educational charities that encourage and empower young people?
Here at the NCBA we find ourselves supporting and training a nationwide network of charities that encompass all of these things. It’s surprising how community boats can make a difference on a local level in such a variety of ways, to a diverse number of people.
For example, The Safe Anchor Trust in Yorkshire provides free access to the waterways for special needs groups. In partnership with the Canal and River Trust they aim to improve towpaths and the canal-side environment. They also contribute to providing a safer local environment by reducing the opportunities for crime. They provide education and training opportunities for young people.
Joint Activities and Motor Education Services (JAMES) in West Yorkshire work with ‘at risk’ and ‘disengaged’ young people in the Bradford and Keighley district. They deliver a selection of programmes and services to young people aged 8 to 19.
The Wooden Canal Boat Society provide opportunities for people who could not otherwise afford it, to be involved in restoration and operation of historic wooden canal boats. They provide therapeutic opportunities for people who are coping with low mental well-being.
If you’ve ever enjoyed a boat trip or a walk on the towpath you will appreciate the difference these charities can make by providing access to the waterways for all.
In theme with Valentine’s day The Charities Aid Foundation have provided a variety of images to share on social media so that you can support the charities you love today.
Visit the NCBA website to find your nearest community boating project.