East Manchester Community Boat Project

Community Spirit 2

Our Team
All our skippers, crew and trustees are volunteers who offer their time and expertise free of charge. Our members are strictly vetted before being accepted as full members, and new volunteers are always welcome! No previous boating experience is necessary as those wishing to crew the boat can receive full training – by qualified trainers, to nationally recognised standards. However, those who wish just to be part of the project are very welcome to join. The amount of time volunteers give to the project is theirs to decide. Crew members learn about the boat and they support passengers during their day out and, if they wish, volunteers can train to become skippers. Others may wish to help “behind the scenes” with publicity, marketing or administration.

Download our volunteer flyer

Some of our members with their certificates

What our customers say about us

Karen McPartland

Day Service Officer,

Wilshaw House.

Morning Stewart,

Myself, Andy and the members would just like to say a big thank you for the  canal visit yesterday, the crew were very helpful and but their heart and soul into it.

About Us

Founded in 1994, and registered as a charity on the 26th January 1996, EMCBP’s objective was to provide a free day out on the canal for those who may be disabled or disadvantaged. On the 28th February 2013 EMCBP became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO number 1155976) and its object was to assist in the provision of facilities, in the interests of social welfare, for recreation, education or other leisure time, occupation of persons mainly in the East of Manchester and Greater Manchester areas, who have need of such facilities by reason of their disability. In the event of spare capacity to also include persons who are disadvantaged by social and economic circumstances with the object of improving and enhancing their conditions of life. (EMCBP – Constitution dated 28.02.2014)

EMCBP is a National Community Boats Association Accredited Training Centre and can provide training and certification to third parties.


Sponsor a seat
For £250 companies can sponsor a seat on board “Community Spirit 2” for 12 months. They receive a Sponsorship Contract and Certificate and are invited to a 2-hour VIP buffet lunch and cruise during the summer. Sponsors’ names are displayed on board the boat.