Charity information


CanalAbiity is an award winning charity, which provides fully adapted and accessible canal boats to enable people with disabilities to enjoy relaxing, and uplifting, holidays and day trips on the river. Our boats are adapted not only so that people with mobility difficulties can get on to and around the boats, but also offer facilities such as remote steering so that they are able to actively participate in the boating activity.

Founded 1989

  • Mission statement

    The Vision
    Totally independent boating on the inland waterways for people with any disability.

    A crew comprising solely of people with disabilities able to cruise the inland waterways, thereby enabling them to attain the same benefits, enjoyment and achievements available to able bodied boaters.

    Mission Statement

    To make boating activities on the inland waterways accessible to disabled people and community groups, enabling them to achieve the benefits and enjoyment such activities provide.

  • Aims

    CanalAbility aims to:

    • To enable people with any disability to undertake boating activities in order to benefit from the spiritual and mental well being achieved by being on the river.
    • To empower people with disability or disadvantage to achievements and aspirations not otherwise available.
    • To encourage an appreciation and understanding of the river and its environment amongst the disabled and community groups for whom this experience would otherwise be difficult or impossible to achieve
    • To build confidence, motivation, personal development and teamwork through boating activities for both service users and our volunteer team.
  • Overview

    Established: January 1989

    Registered Charity Number: 1108452

    Board members: 6

    Part time staff: 8

    Volunteers: 100

    Phone number: 01279 424444

    Address: Lock ViewBurnt Mill LaneHarlow CM20 2QS

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