Idle Women
Idle Women

Navigate Life Like a Boatwoman: Four Inspirational Skippers

Many canal enthusiasts will have heard of the “Idle Women” who crewed the cargo boats during the wars, when Britain’s men were called up to fight. However, 21st century boatwomen are now making use of our beautifully restored canal system by living aboard, community boating, volunteering, helping adults with learning difficulties, training as skippers , … Continue reading

The Open Lock Project (Noel Neilan)

What These Five Trainers Can Teach Us About #Volunteering

We’ve featured a number of guest posts and interviews on this blog which tell you a little bit about the NCBA trainers, how they got into boating and what they get out of it now. Meet the people behind the community boating organisations and find out why so many of them have volunteered their time … Continue reading

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7 Ways to Fundraise for the Charity You Love

NCBA member organisations offer day trip boats and residential boats for wheelchair users, youth groups, young students and many other community groups. However, for many of these charities fundraising is a continual challenge. If you need to raise funds for your local organisation here are seven ideas that really work. 1) Movie Night Hire a … Continue reading

The Open Lock Project (Noel Neilan)

Five Things You’ll Love About Community Boating

Noel Neilan oversees a community boating project in South Manchester. In his previous article he described how decent training can make the whole boating experience even more pleasurable, and in this final article he offers five good reasons to get involved in community boating. Five Good Reasons to Get Involved For a 20 year period … Continue reading

Angel Community Boat. Photo (c) Canal Voyagers Ltd.

Funding Problems for Award Winning Boat

Last week The Islington Tribune reported that NCBA member; The Angel Community Canal Boat Trust are anticipating possible funding problems in the future. The community boat ‘Angel II of Islington’ is a purpose built 72’ steel narrowboat, commissioned in April 2000. Young people and disabled people from Hackney and Islington enjoy gaining a new perspective, … Continue reading

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Narrowboat Skippers: How to Learn Teaching Skills That Make a Difference

Noel Neilan is a community boater based at ‘Open Lock’, which is part of Trafford Council Youth Services. They can be found at Gorse Hill Youth Arts Studios with moorings on the Bridgwater canal in south Manchester, and they operate two 70 ft. narrow boats. In a previous article he wrote about how he got … Continue reading

The Open Lock Project (Noel Neilan)

How to Turn a Surly #Youth into a Cheerful #Boater: Just Add Water

New Year is a great time to think about learning new skills and maybe choosing a training course. I decided I wanted to speak to somebody who’s already done some NCBA training and find out a bit more about it. Noel Neilan agreed to help me out as he has done the NCBA old trainers … Continue reading

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What #Santa Claus Can Teach Us About #Volunteering

If you want to have a meaningful, positive impact on your local community, take some inspiration from this jolly fellow; he only volunteers once a year, but he brings so much joy to millions. With our knowledge of volunteering we’ve figured out that Santa may actually benefit from the work he does for free. Valuable … Continue reading

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#Santa Claus: The Ultimate Community #Volunteer

Santa didn’t want us to tell you this, but the information was recently leaked by an unscrupulous elf. In the run up to Christmas Santa Claus himself actually enjoys a bit of canal cruising on the UK’s community boats and will be appearing on at least five canals – maybe more. According to insiders at … Continue reading

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Community Boater Wins Award

Chris Leah of the Wooden Canal Boat Society has recently won the 2014 Marsh Volunteer Award for Historic Vessel Conservation. The Award is run in partnership with National Historic Ships, and recognises those who have made a valuable contribution to the conservation, or operation of historic vessels in the UK. The Wooden Canal Boat Society … Continue reading

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