Re-Union Canal Boats - Edinburgh and Falkirk
Re-Union Canal Boats is a social enterprise based on and around Edinburgh’s Union Canal. It engages meaningfully with canalside communities and brings people together to develop their skills, learn from one another and realise their potential whilst maintaining and promoting the canal as a remarkable asset for the community.
Re-Union Canal Boats launched its first pilot boat in 2004 which was replaced by a widebeam canal boat in June 2008. The social enterprise offers training and support to a wide range of volunteers in crewing, first aid, hospitality, health and hygiene and a variety of other courses that are identified and driven by the volunteers' needs and requests.
Current engagement projects include an Employability Project, supporting unemployed people to develop transferable skills, and Canal Communities Health All Round, which assists participants to develop their Royal Yachting Association certification and promotes walking along canal towpaths as a means of increasing health and wellbeing. Another initiative is Re-Union's Volunteer Lock Keeping, a unique project in partnership with Scottish Canals that enables local people to access historical landmarks while developing new skills as part of a team.
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