The Wooden Canal Boat Society Limited

The Wooden Canal Boat Society Limited

Charity information

The Wooden Canal Boat Society Limited

To preserve, restore and maintain historic wooden canal boats of various types for the benefit of the public.
To relieve persons recovering from mental ill health or stress related illness by the provision of volunteer opportunities and subsidised canal boat holidays.
To advance the education of the public in the history, construction and operation of wooden canal boats of various types
To use wooden canal boats for any other charitable purpose according to the laws of England and Wales.

Founded 1998

  • Mission statement

    Wooden Canal Boat Society. – “New Lives from Old Boats”

    The Wooden Canal Boat Society has the second largest collection of former working wooden canal boats in UK. Rather than simply restore and preserve them, The WCBS is finding new uses for these wonderful old boats, putting them to work on behalf of the local community and at the same time providing opportunities for people to learn new skills, meet people, make friends, do something useful and rewarding; Working with wooden boats can change peoples lives.

    Tameside is an area of considerable deprivation with high levels of disadvantage, low income and health problems. Poverty, mental illness and social exclusion all too frequently impact together, affecting an individual’s ability to work efficiently, often resulting in unemployment or being confined to low status jobs and consequent loss of self esteem and confidence. Volunteering with The Wooden Canal Boat Society can be a way of giving daily lives meaning and structure.

    Key projects:

    Portland Basin Museum where we maintain and display our working wooden boats (Lilith, Southam, Forget me Not, Queen and Eltham) and inform the public about the history of working boats, our canal heritage and the work of the WCBS.
    Three working boat trips a month for community recycling.
    The Wooden Canal Boat Society Charity Shop on Stamford Street Central, Ashton under Lyne
    The restoration of “Hazel” as a residential “wellbeing boat"

  • Aims

    The Wooden Canal Boat Society Limited aims to:

    • To preserve, restore and maintain historic wooden canal boats of various types for the benefit of the public.
    • To relieve persons recovering from mental ill health or stress related illness by the provision of volunteer opportunities and subsidised canal boat holidays.
    • To advance the education of the public in the history, construction and operation of wooden canal boats of various types
    • To use wooden canal boats for any other charitable purpose according to the laws of England and Wales. Including, but not limited to: Arts,heritage, environmental conservation, social cohesion...
  • Overview

    Established: January 1998

    Registered Charity Number: 1069820

    Board members: 4

    Full time staff: 1

    Part time staff: 3

    Volunteers: 100

    Phone number: 07872073071

    Address: 173 Stamford Street, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 7PS

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