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Community Boat Leadership Programme

The NCBAs Community Boat Leadership Programme (CBLP) is a hands-on leadership training opportunity for young people. It is a practical course designed to help young people develop their leadership and other skills that will benefit them and their communities.

The CBLP training is made up of 4 modules, usually delivered over four days. The course modules are:

Module 1: Boating Skills
Module 2: Safety
Module 3: The Waterways Environment and Heritage
Module 4: Event Organisation

During the CBLP, the young people organise and run an event that involves celebrating their success during the course. They will also be encouraged to get involved in the management of the Community Boat Organisation (CBO), and to help others to enjoy and discover the UKs rivers and canals. A Bronze, Silver or Gold Certificate is awarded on completion of the programme.

Training is delivered in small groups, typically groups of three or four, and each young person is assigned a trained mentor who will support them during their programme.

For those who want to continue to develop their leadership and other skills after the CBLP, there are opportunities to gain recognised qualifications in Community Boat Management, for example, the Community Crew Course (CCC) and Certificate in Community Boat Management (CCBM).

The development of the CBLP was funded by the Young Foundation, which aims to increase the quality, quantity and diversity of opportunities for young people as leaders of change in their communities. The programme is also supported by British Waterways.

The following training centres provide Community Boat Leadership Programme courses:

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Ethel Trust Community Barge (Sheffield, Yorkshire & Humber)

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Hillingdon Narrowboats Association (Harefield, London)

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Rickmansworth Waterways Trust Ltd (Rickmansworth, South East)

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The Surrey Care Trust (Woking, South East)

 
 
 
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