Forum Central is pleased to welcome new member Canal Connections. They’ve joined Leeds Older People’s Forum, one of the partner organisations in Forum Central.
About Canal Connections
Canal Connections explore the opportunities for social regeneration presented through the waterways and its environs by the innovative engagement of individuals, families, communities and organisations (corporate, statutory and voluntary) whilst enhancing the built and natural heritage of that environment.
Canal Connections is a social enterprise which believes that the canal environment provides a unique learning environment, particularly for those who benefit through a practical and vocational experience.
They believe that the canal environment is an asset which is under realised by both individuals and agencies who are seeking an alternative to traditional methods of engagement and empowerment.
They embrace the canals potential in connecting with people on a whole range of levels.
For many people the introduction of a boat can bring the canal to life, whilst also providing a relaxing experience, often creating a sanctuary where people feel more able to engage with programmes of education, rehabilitation, reintegration or leisure.
At Canal Connections they aim to use the canal environment as a stimulus to support people develop new found skills and experiences and encourage people to embrace opportunities which enable them to promote themselves and the area through the delivery of services or development of products, for widespread community benefit.
Amongst their harder to reach communities this unique experience has encouraged a willingness amongst individuals to learn more and they themselves increasingly become ambassadors within their own communities.