Awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2017
Wirral Community Narrowboat Trust is very proud and honoured to have been awarded the Queen’s Award For Voluntary Service in June 2017. This Award is considered to be the MBE of volunteering and is the culmination of a lengthy and rigorous procedure which started early in 2016 when WCNT was nominated for consideration. There then followed several in-depth interviews by Deputy Lieutenants of Merseyside with our proposer, some of our regular community group users and the Trust’s own trustees and members. The Award was announced on 2 June 2017 and two representatives of the Trust were invited to a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in recognition of the achievement. The Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, Dame Lorna Muirhead, presented the Award to all the volunteers at a special ceremony attended by the High Sheriff of Merseyside, two Deputy Lieutenants of Merseyside, two local Mayors and Trust members on 31 August 2017. The Queen’s Award For Voluntary Service is seen by our members as the pinnacle of recognition of all the hard work and time given by everyone and building upon the Trust’s previous achievements.
Winner of the 2014 “Volunteering & Communities Award” at the National Canal and River Trust “Living Waterways Awards”
Wirral Community Narrowboat Trust (W.C.N.T.) celebrated 30 years of operation in 2014. Originally known as Wirral Narrowboat Association (W.N.A.) we have enjoyed both the lean and good years, in the last five years we have made positive progress having commissioned two new boats built for our specific requirements, especially considering the needs of our wide range of passengers.
We offer sailings from 1st April to 31st October and make around 300 sailings
per year carrying approximately 3000 passengers.
Our boats are crewed by Volunteers, all trained to deliver an enjoyable and safe narrowboat experience. Our crews all operate within a “National Code of Conduct for Community Boats”, and are DBS accredited. Our aim is to provide a pleasurable experience for our passengers which takes them out of their normal environment.
To seek to improve the quality of life for people who, by virtue of age, infirmity, physical disability, mental disorder or social factors, are disadvantaged or deprived.
To make provision for the social, recreational and educational needs of the said people.
Our trips have proved very popular and many of our clients, mostly senior citizens, youth groups and disabled persons, return, year after year, to enjoy the peaceful tranquility of the canals, the countryside and the wildlife.