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News article created on 25 May 2016

Boating Buddies

Boats make our waterways special. We want our staff to understand what it’s like for the boaters who cruise, and live on, our canals and rivers, but many of us have to spend most of our time in offices so we don’t always get to see things from a boater’s point of view.

The Boating Buddies scheme gives all our staff the chance to spend a day out on the water with a boater (or two). It also lets boaters talk with our staff about the things that matter to them and their experience of our waterways.

The people who’ve taken part in Boating Buddies tell us it’s helped to:

  • Build positive relationships and make new friendships
  • Give boaters an insight into the inner workings of the Trust
  • Improve boating knowledge and understanding amongst staff

Boating Buddies - why you should get involved

Read this blog post from our heritage team who took a trip on the Thames as part of the Boating Buddies scheme.

Get involved with Boating Buddies

We’ve got hundreds of people based in many different places. Sometimes it can be tricky matching them up with the boaters who want to take them out. The more boaters who volunteer to take part in Boating Buddies, the more people we’ll be able to get out on boats to help them better understand what it’s like for boaters on our waters.

Please fill in this form if you’d like to be a boating buddy and take our staff out on your boat.

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