Guardian of the waterways of England and Wales, the Canal & River Trust, has launched an appeal, calling out for fresh volunteers.
Those signing up to offer support to the UK charity will have the chance to take on a range of roles, from guides leading walks to traditional lock keepers on historic waterways throughout Merseyside and Cheshire.
Across the nation, the wellbeing and waterways charity looks after 2,000 miles of England and Wales’s historic rivers and canals. However, to perform this important role and preserve these waterways, the Trust relies on the backing of thousands of volunteers from across its network. In 2022, 585 volunteers around the Northwest of England contributed close to 78,000 hours to enhancing life both off and on the water for wildlife and people.
Engagement manager for the Trust in the Northwest, Steve Bergquist, commented:
“Whether you are looking to boost your wellbeing, get fit and active, or just make a new year’s resolution to give something back, join the thousands of people already benefiting from volunteering by water.”
The Trust believes ideal volunteers are those who enjoy being surrounded by nature and meeting new people with a desire to give something back to the environment and community.
Individuals interested in exploring how they can help are invited to attend a special single-day Volunteer Welcome Session. The event will take place between 10 am and 3 pm at the National Waterways Museum based in Ellesmere Port next Wednesday, January 18.