New event for 2014: Could you be a winner?


A date for your diary is the next National Community Boating Organisation AGM. It will be held on the 18th March 2014, at Forest Arts and Media Centre in Walsall, and will be based around the four Pillars of the NCBA.


The discussion workshops will be around the following topics;

  1. Training
  2. National Voice
  3. Quality Assurance/Management
  4. Networking

The workshops were vibrant and animated discussions at last years event with lots of interesting ideas shared, debated and examined.

This is a free event organised by the National Community Boats Association and is a fantastic opportunity for NCBA members to focus on what they want from their NCBA membership and to help formulate the way forward to help community boating and waterways activity.

Free lunch

There will be free refreshments and a buffet lunch for NCBA members. If outside organisations wish to attend they can contact Bob Ratcliffe, Senior Trainer, Moderator and NCBA Admin, by email.

This event may also be of interest to organisations or individuals with an interest in social enterprises, waterside businesses, environmental groups, health organisations and providers, arts and creative organizations, probation and rehabilitation, education and training.

Award Ceremony – New for 2014

We will be introducing a new aspect to the AGM this year with an awards and presentations event.

The categories are:

  • Most productive ATC
  • Most productive Trainer
  • Most Active member project

Nominations and photo’s are required for:

  • Gaffe or funniest story of the year (200 words or less)
  • Best waterways photo
  • Most unusual photo of the year (Canal or boat related)

Please send in your nominations to Bob Ratcliffe by email no later than Friday 7th February. Please also  email to confirm attendance and if possible how many will be attending.

People attended last year’s event from all over the UK. In the four themed active planning sessions delegates had opportunities to discuss how we could connect the canal and communities to enterprise, both locally and nationally. Trevor Roberts then concluded the morning by asserting that community boats contribute over £6 million to the economy each year.  Community boating projects are making a difference to a variety of people on a local level, but they exist all over the UK. Read the full review of last year’s event here: How can canal boats help your community?

To register your interest in the 2014 AGM contact Bob Ratcliffe.

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