Community boating charity gears up for new season and future with new volunteer opportunities!


A canal boating charity on the Northamptonshire and Warwickshire county border is looking ahead to this year’s new boating season and securing its long-term future by calling out for new volunteers to join them.

Instruction at the canalside

LNBP Community Boating, a non-profit charity who provide residential trips from moorings at the historic canal side village of Braunston in Northamptonshire, have a series of roles they are looking to fill as they are about to embark on another busy few months on the region’s canals.

Formed in 1981, LNBP operate two full-size two canal boats for the purpose of weekend and midweek residential trips and short breaks by community groups and organisations such as the Scouts, Guides, church and social groups, and schools. With the new boating season on the horizon, the charity has a series of volunteer roles available for the months ahead and also with one eye on the future in mind. These roles include additional boat skippers to their current team, maintenance technicians, ‘meet and greeters’ and fundraising assistants.

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Speaking about the opportunities now available, Alan Cobbold said, “LNBP have always been reliant and grateful for time and effort of our volunteers who give their time to ensure the smooth running of the organisation and the canal boat experiences we provide. 

However with several of our longstanding members either now retired or due to stand down in the next few years, we are keen to welcome new volunteers to our organisation to fill these positions and take us forward up to and beyond our 50th anniversary”.

Volunteer team photo

The volunteer roles with LNBP are generally only a few hours commitment each month with any expenses reimbursed. With exception to the boat skipper roles where a Certificate of Canal Boat Management (CCBM) qualification or equivalent is required, experience is always useful but not necessary as training can be given.

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Cobbold added, “Whilst we are keen to encourage and welcome new volunteers of all ages and from all backgrounds, we are particularly keen to hear from anyone aged between 18 and 30 to breathe new energy into the organisation.”

Volunteer boat skippers

For further enquiries about all of the current volunteer opportunities with LNBP and how you can play a part, email them at [email protected], or telephone on 07783 002073. For more information about LNBP Community Boating, visit their website at, or find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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