You may have noticed a community boating project in your neighbourhood, providing boat trips for disadvantaged local people but it may be less obvious that they are probably part of our nationwide organisation.
The NCBA was first called The Community Boats Association and was formed in 1985 by 5 small community boating organisations working in the Coventry area. This developed over time to become a national charity involving a network of member organisations and individuals. They provide access to the inland waterways of the UK and Europe for a wide range of people. Schools, hospitals, community care centres and homes, youth clubs, hostels and dependency units are just some of the types of community groups that benefit from community boating. The Association became the NCBA during the period it was seeking National Lottery Funding in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
The NCBA aims to promote social inclusion and the use of the inland waterways for those currently excluded. Here are 5 little-known facts about the NCBA and community boating.
1) They bring disadvantaged people onto the waterways who would not otherwise have access to them.
2) Community boaters train staff and volunteers to have a better understanding of user needs and expectations. The NCBA provides a wide variety of training courses.
3) The NCBA and our member organisations work to increase the range of educational, cultural and recreational activities both afloat and ashore.
4) The NCBA is dedicated to improving standards of community boat handling, safety and customer care.
5) The NCBA brings organisations old and new into contact and partnership with one another for mutual benefit, and provides a ‘National Voice’ for community boats.
The overall plan for 2014 is that it will be a defining year for the NCBA. We are building our working relationships with The Canal and River Trust and with The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. We are also raising the profile of the organisation with social media and a regular feature in Towpath Talk.
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