Stop gongoozling and start #narrowboating!

Hilton Canal ConnectionsI recently read Marie Millward’s guest post on The Culture Vulture website. She says that what the Leeds waterfront lacks is people actually on the water.

She loves the waterways, “Where the normal rules of dry land do not necessarily apply.” She says her local waterfront in Leeds is well used for jogging or cycling but lacks people actually getting afloat.

Community boating projects exist all over the UK, encouraging local people to stop gongoozling and start boating! (Gongoozling is the lovely pastime of watching boats.)

Community boating projects use boating for therapy, education, training, rehabilitation, community service and creative activities. Our event next week will be looking at some of the ways businesses can support their local community boating projects.

Shaun Ellenthorpe is helping others to achieve amazing things, during a secondment from Lloyds Bank. He recently met with  Nick Hurd MP, Cabinet Office Minister whose  office funded the initial pilot for Business Connectors. Nick Hurd is supporting Business in the Community’s drive to recruit more connectors.

Canal Connections is a community boating project based in Thwaite Mills, West Yorkshire, focussing on enabling  “young people to achieve their true potential using the waterways”. Shaun met with Trevor Roberts from Canal Connections and Hilton Hotels, who are interested in supporting Trevor’s work.

Hospitality students from the David Young Community Academy visited the the Hilton Leeds City on Wednesday 6th March, arriving on one of Canal Connections boats. They then made up the bunk beds with linen, pillows, towels and toiletries as kindly provided by the Hilton Leeds City and their efforts were judged by the Head Housekeeper. Their day ended with a guided tour of the hotel.

If you’re interested in how your business could support community boating you may like to attend our presentation next week.

“Building the Social Economy through the Waterways” is taking place at the Moyes Centre in Seacroft, Leeds on the 19th. Complimentary tickets are available at Eventbrite and there will be a complimentary lunch and refreshments.

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