About Tameside Canal Boat Trust

The Charity
The charity’s objects are the relief of persons who are physically disabled or mentally handicapped by the provision of facilities in the interests of Social Welfare which it undertakes by organising trips for the public on a boat owned by the trust and run by volunteers.
What we do
Tameside Canal Boat Trust, provides Boat Trips aboard our 51 seat narrow boat Still Waters along Tameside’s historic heritage network of canals, for the relief of persons who are Disabled, Disadvantaged, or mentally challenged, vulnerable, for wellbeing and in the interests of social welfare.
We also provide trips for Schools Groups, and support elderly, and veterans’ groups.
We also undertake public boat trips, and private hire, including for visitors to Portland Basin Museum.

When we operate
Most charitable group Boat Trips, wellbeing, and educational School trips are undertaken during weekdays.
Public Boat Trips operate from Easter to October at weekends & Bank Holidays, including some week days during the summer school holidays.
Who Benefits?
Our beneficiaries are Disabled groups who struggle to access other boat services, due to their disabilities, including larger & electric wheelchairs, mental health, wellbeing, and vulnerable groups, who are struggling with mental health challenges, and or social exclusion, including depression, anxiety, loneliness, and isolation, especially large groups who cannot access other boat  services due to large numbers in the group. 
Primary School pupils, who  require our specialist knowledge of the waterways, for the children’s learning topic, as part of the curriculum.

What are the benefits?
Our service users have an opportunity to  enjoy time out in a social setting whilst  enjoying the peace, tranquillity and also mental health benefits of our local network of Historic Inland waterways, by means of a Skippered boat trip.
Our Schools Trips allow primary school children to enjoy time out of the classroom, on a boat trip , whilst learning about the History, Heritage, and uses of the waterways, for the children’s learning topic, as part of the curriculum.

Public Trips
Our Public Trips provide members of the public with an opportunity to enjoy a boat trip, as part of their family day out, whilst visiting Portland Basin Museum, and learn about the domestic & industrial history of Tameside, including its heritage network of Historic Inland Waterways.