Volunteer Induction Day

This is on Wednesday 29th November from 10:00 am to 2:00pm on Hazel in Portland Basin OL7 0QA. Normally we have done these for potential crew only but as an experiment this time we are combining it with induction for admin volunteers. 50% should be directly relevant to everyone but hopefully the other 50% will be of background interest to admin volunteers etc as well. If anyone one is interested please contact me at membership@wcbs.org.uk . All crew volunteers are required to attend an induction day if they haven’t done so before. We now have full NCBA accreditation so can award CCC, BHC or CCBM certificates.

Autumn Newsletter

The Autumn newsletter is now out. Anyone expecting an emailed copy should have received it at the weekend. Anyone expecting a paper copy it is snailing it’s way to you at this moment and you should be receiving it in a few days time. Anyone not expecting a copy who wants one there is still time to join us by clicking here.

New Hazel Calendar

I’ve changed the calendar on the website to the google one so that it can be updated more easily and is linked in with the crew invites etc that Tony sends out. Click here to view.

This should mean it is kept more up to date than before and include all the short notice bookings which were previously not shown. Having said that it is now winter so we are in a quiet period!

Most of the private bookings, whether wellbeing or commercial will just show as “busy” as they contain additional information used for management purposes (e.g. crew rostering). If anyone else would benefit from seeing the additional info let me know.

We are an Accredited Training Centre

We are now an Accredited Training Centre. We can now train crew to nationally recognisable standards and give out certificates awarded by The National Community Boats Association. The final inspection on Saturday was kept top secret on a strictly “needs to know” basis. Even Kath, our treasurer, didn’t know, in fact we packaged her off to Greece for the duration so the first thing she will know about it is reading her tablet while sipping retsina in a Greek taverna! Dave, Mick and myself, Phil, were the guinea-pig pupils in Chris’ practical exam, although, as a by-product, we had skills ticked off which can now count towards our own qualifications.

Does that mean we want lots of new crew volunteers now? Yes, please send an email to training@wcbs.org.uk, but don’t hold your breath as you might have a long wait. We have a backlog of 12 existing crew to train. Some are well overdue but still need finishing off the last bits, assessing and certifying, others are quite new and so need more training. Once the first batches have popped out the system they can help training, on dedicated training days and also by taking control of passengered trips while Chris loiters in the background with new crew members. So if you, or one of your friends, apply now expect to be invited to an induction day later this year or, more probably, the beginning of next year.
Will we be able to make money training for other organisations? No. Well not for a long time anyway. Maybe in a couple of years, once we have got our team up to scratch and Chris is feeling a bit bored & redundant, not being rostered for enough trip and looking for more work etc, maybe then. But right now he is far too valuable a resource to share with anyone!
A full report of the roller-coaster ride of accreditation process will be in the next newsletter. So if you’re not a member or sponsor yet now is the time to join. Rated PG, contains medium peril!

Heritage Open Day

See the six rescued and restored heritage canal boats, all over 100 years old, were used commercially, now for community use. Talk to volunteers and step on-board ‘Hazel’ and ‘Forget-me-not’

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 8, 9 & 10th September 2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Portland Basin Wharf, Portland Place, Ashton Under Lyne OL7 0QA

This is part of Tamesides “Behind Closed Doors” of their most treasured heritage sites event contribution for the national Heritage Open Day weekend.

http://www.ashton-under-lyne.com/resources/HODs-Tameside-2017.pdf

Respite trip on Hazel

Just a snap from last weeks trip with The Dream Centre Carers Support group, Droylsden. Lovely feedback received from them too.

Caring can often be stressful, isolating and can feel like the most unappreciated job in the world. Meeting with other carers can help by offering mutual support, friendship and advice on the issues that carers face. The Dream Centre Carers Support group can help by offering mutual support, friendship and advice on the issues that carers face. Taking some time out with others that understand and can help carers recharge their batteries.

This is Hazel doing what she does best, giving folk a relaxing time on the canal and promoting well-being, but a slight twist in that this is the first trip she has had giving respite for carers, a new avenue where she can help people. Let’s hope she can do more of these.

SUMMER NEWSLETTER

This should now be in your in-box, or snailing it’s way in the Royal Mail system if you requested a paper version.

If you are expecting one and don’t receive it let me know at membership@wcbs.org.uk, but before that please check down the back of your sideboard for that application form & cheque that you know you sent last October.