Olympic volunteers to improve London community boat

Image credit: Angel Community Canal Boat Trust

Image credit: Angel Community Canal Boat Trust

Last week a member organisation of the NCBA was featured in the Islington Gazette.

A group of London 2012 opening ceremony participants have volunteered to do some improvement works on the community boat ‘Angel II of Islington’. She is a purpose built 72’ steel narrowboat, commissioned in April 2000. The volunteers are taking the boat to a boatyard in Uxbridge where she will be taken out of the water for essential maintenance and paint work.

The Angel Community Canal Boat Trust gives over 2,000 people a year from local community groups the opportunity to take day trips or longer residential trips on the canal boat. Both young people and disabled people benefit from the charity’s work gaining enjoyment, a new perspective, a change of scene, confidence, social skills, and more. The activities benefit local groups from Hackney and Islington.

The group of volunteers, who were part of the Industrial Revolution display during the Olympics opening ceremony, were brought together by Danny Boyle’s £27million extravaganza. They are planning to wear their Industrial Revolution costumes as they work on the boat.

You can read the full story in the Islington Gazette and find out more about the work of The Angel Community Canal Boat Trust  at their website.

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