NCBA community boating organisations provide access to services on the UK’s inland waterways for the benefit of their local community. They work with a diverse range of people, including youth, elderly, disabled and many other community based groups, in addition to providing specific services for those disadvantaged or otherwise excluded in our society. These may include those on low incomes, homeless, prison reform, drug, alcohol and substance abuse and various other life-limiting or socio-economic areas of deprivation.
The aim of these organisations is much more than just access to a leisure facility (as nice as that is, in its own right). It could be for social inclusion, education, rehabilitation (health or offending) and issues of wider community cohesion. Projects are usually charitable or non-profit in nature and most are registered charities. Projects are predominantly voluntary organisations themselves, relying on donations, fund-raising and sponsorship from within their operating area.