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Ways to volunteer

Jump right in

If you have more time to offer, we have a number of committees at local, regional and national levels that make sure we’re listening and talking to the right people and reacting appropriately.  There are lots of ways to get involved from organising events to monitoring planning applications to editing newsletters.

Dip your toe in

Pop along for an hour or two to join your local branch’s canal clean-ups & work parties helping you to get outdoors and make a visible difference to the waterways in your area.

Come on holiday with us

If you’ve got a week (or even just a weekend) to spare then you could restore a canal with modern day navvies, across England and Wales.  No experience required!

Help from home

Keep your eyes and ears open and let your local branch know of anything that may be detrimental to the waterways. Plus you could support our campaigns, share what we are doing or fundraising for us.

Unique offers

We’ve got volunteer roles that don’t fit into the above, and if you have a skill you’d like to donate then chat to us and we’ll explore how you can help.

Why volunteer with us?

It directly benefits the waterways, their environment and the nation’s heritage

You can have fun and meet new people

You can learn new skills or use existing ones

It’s safe – with equipment and insurance provided

Interested in volunteering?

If you are interested in volunteering, sign up to find out more.


Waterway restoration

Restoring the UK’s blue infrastructure – our inherited network of navigable canals and rivers – is good for people and places.

Waterway underfunding

Hundreds of miles of waterways – along with their unique heritage and habitats – are currently starved of funding and rely on constant lobbying by us to safeguard their future.

Waterways affected by HS2

We’re campaigning to protect canals and rivers from the damaging effects of HS2, especially where the tranquillity of the waterways is under threat.