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We Need You!

The K&A Canal Trust accessible boats are managed by the Enterprise Development Office and a Maintenance Engineer who are supported by over 90 Voluntary Helpers. Our Voluntary Helpers can be involved in various different roles including Boat Turnarounds, Day Trips and Fundraising, although most kindly partake in a variety of these roles when they can.

We are always looking for more people to help and support us.

It’s fun, anyone can do it and there’s always a cuppa and piece of cake available!

Why not come and join our friendly team in the knowledge that your efforts contribute directly to the enjoyment of disabled, disadvantaged or elderly people?

If you would like to view a couple of YouTube clips regarding volunteering then please click below:

To see Rebecca Bruce talking about Volunteering ~ click here

To see Mike Lang talking about his experiences ~ click here

Boat Turnarounds

This is the main area of our work that requires Voluntary Helpers. For each week from March to October, on the following days and times:

  • Fridays @ Great Bedwyn 9-11.30am (boats Rachel and Diana)
  • Saturdays @ Great Bedwyn 9-11.30am (boats Hannah and Rebecca)

We need for each boat:-

  1. Team Leader
  2. Engineers (1 internal and 1 external)
  3. Inside Cleaners (3)
  4. Outside Cleaner (1)

In addition at each Boat Turnaround we require one Base Manager to oversee the morning and one Pump Out Person.

Together, each team cleans the boat inside and out, pumps out the W.C.s and maintains the engine, before the Team Leader then sees the new group aboard.

Upon joining our team, you will be provided with a Welcome Pack to guide you through each role and you will be able to shadow another volunteer so that you can gradually pick up the job. Turnaround crews are very friendly and you will be welcome to enjoy cake together in you break!

Day Trips

The Bruce Trust provides a crew of one Skipper and three Crew Members for each day trip. The days usually run from 10:30am to 4:00pm with our crew arriving at the Wharf by 9:45am to prepare the boat. In order to be a Skipper for our day crews, it is essential you have experience managing the boat and have attended a CCBM (Certificate in Community Boat Management) training course. The other crew members need experience on Bruce Trust boats.

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