SCAD – Skipton and Craven Action for Disability

In a largely rural area such as Yorkshire, many people struggle with transport problems. If you also have a disability, you will know how difficult it can be. SCAD Transport was set up to provide an efficient, safe and reasonably priced transport system for people in and around the local  area who have a disability and are unable to use public transport.

The charity relies totally on the support and generosity of the public with donations, sponsorships and bequests to exist, with the occasional grant coming from outside funders.  It is further supported by the four charity shops established in Skipton, Keighley, Settle and Crosshills.

After a massive fundraising effort in 1990 SCAD purchased a canal boat and named it after its founder ‘Marjorie Charlesworth’. After 13 years of wonderful service the ‘Marjorie Charlesworth’ was retired from service and replaced by a new purposely built canal boat following another massive effort of fundraising between 2002/2003. This was named ‘SCAD’s Endeavour’.

The ‘Endeavour’ has since given enormous pleasure to people of all ages with disability or mobility difficulties following the traditions of the ‘Marjorie Charlesworth’.

The vessel is moored on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal at Snaygill Marina on the south side of Skipton. Full access to the vessel is provided near Skipton General Hospital with access paths and a purpose built mooring to facilitate the easy embarkation of disabled passengers. All the skippers and crew are fully qualified.

The vessel is 53 foot long wide beam boat with large windows in the cabin for maximum visibility and the gallery and a bathroom specially designed for wheelchair access.  It is available for groups of up to 12 people (including up to 4 people in wheelchairs) for daily trips of around 5 hours duration. The cruising season starts at Easter through to 31st October.

To service this need there are eleven skippers all of whom hold the NCBA Certificate of Community Boat Management (CCBM), as well as a further 20 volunteers who act as crew.  SCAD joined the NCBA in 2005 and became an Accredited Training Centre in 2007.

Further information can be obtained by contacting SCAD on 01756 701005 or the web site at

Meet the Trustees

 Continuing our profile of members of the NCBA Board of Trustees


Patrick is a retired civil engineer with many years professional experience of maritime works, of delivering training and of quality management.  His interest in canalling is based on offshore sailing when younger and, now, on living near the Kennet and Avon canal.  He is attached to Accessible Boating on the Basingstoke canal and works with a number of other community boating organisations, including providing boatmaster training for the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust. He enjoys boating in the Midlands with the BW/CRT Historic Working Boats Project and on holidays particularly in the North of England – his birthplace.

For the NCT, he managed the moderation process and now acts as scribe to keep the paperwork of regulations, syllabi and guidance notes in order and helps with development of new courses.


Three courses leading to the NCBA Trainers award have been arranged with a further date identified if these are oversubscribed.  The dates and venues are:

5th – 7th September 2014

Venue:             ABA, Basingstoke

10th – 12th October 2014

Venue:             SCAD/Serious Fun, Skipton

17th – 19th October 2014

Venue:             SCAD/Serious Fun, Skipton

31st October – 2nd November 2014 (Stand by course should others be oversubscribed.

Venue:             The Wharf, Midlands

Additional Information

Times:  Start at 12:00 noon on the first day (normally a Friday) and finish around 5:00 pm on the last day (usually a Sunday)

Cost:  £325.00 (includes all meals except two evening meals that are usually taken in a local hostelry).

Candidates  must be sponsored by an ATC.  Therefore the application must come though an ATC.

Numbers:  There is a maximum of four/five on a course and no more than two from any one Project

Further information is available from Derek Stansfield via email