Imagine if there was one organisation supporting both community and waterways regeneration. Well there is! Canals are for boating and there are a lot of local projects out there using the waterways for socially inclusive activities and community cohesion.
“The National Community Boats Association (NCBA) is the umbrella organisation that supports and represents community boating organisations across the inland waterways network.
Community boating organisations (CBOs) provide access to and services on the UK‟s waterways for the benefit of their local community. They often work with youth and other community based groups as well as individuals and may provide specific services for disabled, disadvantaged or excluded people in our society such as those on low incomes or from minority groups.
The aim of these organisations is much more than just access to a leisure facility. It could be working in areas of social inclusion, education, rehabilitation (health or offending) and issues of wider community cohesion. They are usually charitable in nature and are often registered charities. They are predominantly voluntary organisations themselves relying on donations, fund-raising and sponsorship from within their operating area. The NCBA‟s vision is a network of well resourced, well managed community boating organisations that promote access to UK waterways as well as promoting the safe use of community boat services as a resource that promotes social cohesion, protects the environment and supports economic regeneration.”
I am delighted to welcome the NCBA as my newest client. I will be raising the profile of community boating using blogging, Facebook and Twitter.
What can you do? Start by following our shiny brand new Twitter account @CommunityBoats
What is your perception of community boating? Who do you think the projects are there for?