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 run entirely by volunteers; it receives no funding and does not make a charge. We rely on grants and donations and the generous support of our sponsors and benefactors. We provide at least five trips each week.
We have Gift Aid envelopes on board for those who may wish to make a donation. Gift Aid allows us to claim back 25% from HMRC.
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.
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.