About Us

Community Moorings Scotland is a Scottish Charity, also known as ‘CMS’ for short, we are here to create amazing places on the canals of Scotland which will help to create a vibrant canal with a securer future for its community. Specifically, we are creating venues for boats and people along the lowland canals which connect Glasgow and Edinburgh. Here people and boats gather to work, rest and for good times. You can find out more about ‘community moorings’ here.

CMS is a ‘SCIO‘: Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation No. SC047877. We are a ‘two tier SCIO’, which is a structure which puts it’s members in charge of appointing trustees and making major decisions. Members have ultimate control, rather than the board. The board manages and supervises the activities of the organisation, and monitors its financial position.

You can see our Mission, Vision and Values here.

You can find out more about our board here.

You can view our constitution here.

Our principle address is: Narrowboat Farm, Linlithgow, EH49 6QY.

Here are our official purposes as registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR):

Our charitable purposes are:

B – the advancement of education
G – the advancement of the arts, heritage, culture or science
F – the advancement of citizenship or community development
I – the provision of recreational facilities, or the organisation of recreational activities

Our charity’s objects are:

4.1 The advancement of community development, in furtherance of which:
4.1.1 the organisation will develop a network of small, non-profit community owned mooring sites on the canals and inland waterways of Scotland;
4.1.2 these sites will serve as hubs for the diverse and dispersed canal community, at which canal boat residents, recreational boaters, commercial boaters and members of the general public can come together by the water to live, work, relax, volunteer together and learn; and
4.1.3 through these sites the canal community will take responsibility for its own future and gain the autonomy needed to do so.

4.2 The advancement of education and the advancement of heritage, in furtherance of which the organisation will:
4.2.1 run free training sessions, open to all, on boat maintenance and fit-out, safe boat handling and canal navigation, and manual skills associated with building and maintaining mooring infrastructure; and
4.2.2 run free educational sessions, open to all, on the history, natural history and culture of the canals.

4.3 The provision of recreational facilities, in furtherance of which the organisation will provide:
4.3.1 mooring facilities including leisure and visitor moorings at each community-owned mooring site; and
4.3.2 attractive resting places at the community-owned mooring sites open to all canal users, including walkers, cyclists, canoeists and boaters.

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