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The National Community Boats Association (NCBA) is a waterway society, registered charity No. 1108993 and limited company No. 5331820, in the United Kingdom.

NCBA supports community boat projects and encourages more people to access the inland waterways of the UK. Its headquarters are at the Yorkshire Waterways Museum in Goole. The NCBA held a National Conference towards the end of 2008.

Member organisations

The association has over 100 member community boat projects, all over the UK.

Organisations which are members of the National Community Boats Association operate boats which are specially designed and equipped to cater for people with disabilities, with learning difficulties and learning disabilities, disadvantaged groups, people with special needs, people of all ages.

These organisations carry an estimated 250,000 passengers per year from the above mentioned groups.

Membership list

Training for community boat operators

NCBA also delivers training for the management of community boats.

The Certificate in Community Boat Management is a nationally accredited course for helmsmen and crew members working with the young, the elderly, the disadvantaged or handicapped on Class A or B Waters.

Other courses: Basic Boat Handling; Complete Crew Course; Regional Training Moderator; Senior Trainer; CCBM Training Endorsement; and Additional Course Units.

Work with offenders and young persons

NCBA is operating two special projects:

  • Y-AFLOAT - Involving young people in community boating
  • Prisons Project - facilitating the reunion of offenders with their families

The UK Government's Department for Education and Skills awarded the National Community Boats Association an NVYO grant of £ 123,990 for youth work.

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