A young volunteer working with Swinton Lock Activity Centre, an Accredited Training Centre of the NCBA, has received an award for his outstanding contribution to people and communities in Rotherham.

Nathan Garner, 13, who attends Swinton Lock Activity Centre , was nominated for the Young Volunteer Award after undertaking a training programme to work on narrowboats which enables wheelchair users to enjoy the experience of the canal trips.  Nathan had been the victim of bullying, both in and out of school, and his role at Swinton Lock has helped him enormously with his self esteem and confidence.  He has now been able to advise and support other students at the centre on how to deal with bullying issues, and who to seek help from.

As well as gaining his own qualifications, Nathan has gone on to deliver training talks to other groups at the centre. He has shown an overwhelming commitment to helping others, both young and old, giving up evenings and weekends to assist groups of disabled adults and children.  Nathan has recently been involved in the establishment of a volunteer group and a voice and influence group to enable other disadvantaged young people to develop the skills to work in the local community, and now assists the staff team as the lead young volunteer.

You can see Nathan volunteering on the Swinton Lock Narrowboat on YouTube.  (Nathan Garner young volunteer award Rotherham).  For Further Information on Swinton Lock Activity centre please Contact the Centre on 01709 578778

For information about volunteering at other NCBA projects details of these can be found on the NCBA web site at www.national-cba.co.uk/members.

Meeting with the Canal and River Trust (CRT)

On the 27th May 2014 Derek Stansfield (NCBA Chairman) and Bob Ratcliffe (NCBA Company Secretary) met at Peel’s Wharf, Fazeley, with Richard Parry, Chief Executive of the CRT.  It was basically an open agenda with both parties able to bring items for discussion.

The early part of the meeting allowed both parties to acquaint each other with their aims and objectives and to clarify where they are at the moment in their development.  This was followed by an open and frank discussion on issues relevant to both NCBA and CRT.  These covered issues including boat licensing and volunteering.

Trainer Refresher Courses

NCBA Trainers must update their Trainer qualifications every five years.  This will bring them up to date with any changes within the NCBA Training and qualifications structure and well as being able to discuss and experience new practices.  It is also an excellent medium of disseminating ideas and methods.  Three courses were held over the Winter and Spring season and further ones are planned towards the end of the current season.  Again details of these will be posted on the NCBA web site.


The CRT have recently produced a press release on concerns over the detrimental impact that the current route of HS2 may have on the waterways and in particular on some proposed regeneration projects that CRT have in the pipeline.  In Principle the NCBA are supportive of this statement and are contacting members in order to collate specific issues where the HS2 will directly impact them.


2015 Annual General Meeting

The date for the NCBA Annual General Meeting has been scheduled for Thursday 19th March 2015 and will once more be held at the Forest Arts Centre, Hawbush Road, Leamore, Walsall, WS3 1AG

Board of Trustees

Trustees to the Board are elected at an AGM and serve initially for a period of three years.  They are eligible for election for a further three year period at the end of which they must step down for at least a year.

Of the current Trustees  – Derek Stansfield and Bob Ratcliffe were still serving their elected terms of office,  therefore there was several vacancies on the Board and the following volunteers were elected to the Board for a three year term: Lee Davies (The Sobriety Project), Patrick Titman (Accessible Boating Association), Paul Unwin (Chesterfield Canal Trust) and Neville Ward (The Wharf Narrowboat).