We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

North West Partnership Opportunities

We’re now looking for two new members to join our North West partnership. Our partnerships give local people a voice in developing and improving their waterway, helping to guide our decisions and championing the waterways in each local region.

Heritage boat Kennet on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal

There are 10 partnerships covering the Canal & River Trust’s 2000 miles of waterways. These are integrated into our structure, with the chair of each partnership having a seat on our council.

Sitting alongside each area’s management team, our partnerships:

  • promote knowledge and use of our local waterways
  • understand local communities and help address their issues through the waterways
  • help shape our future plans
  • secure resources through our local knowledge
  • ensure that the plans and policies deliver improvements locally
  • improve the role waterways play in the lives of local communities, businesses, waterway users and visitors

And it’s our voluntary partnership members who bring a diverse range of skills, experience and interests into policymaking and activity on our local waterways.

Bob Pointing, chair, North West Waterway Partnership, comments: "We feel it's really important for the people who are passionate about our canals and rivers to have a say in how they are run. They help to shape plans, guide decisions about spending and help develop local engagement."

What we look for in a voluntary member

A commitment to improving the waterways (and the locations and communities along them), together with an outgoing nature and ability to work as part of a team is more important than an existing, detailed knowledge of the canals.

It’s your ability to engage and inspire groups, public meetings, potential partners (including businesses) and the media that we’re looking for. Especially if you have knowledge and experience of:

  • community and youth engagement
  • sports and leisure
  • health and wellbeing

In particular, we’re inviting applications by people from the Skipton, Bradford, Leeds and Lancaster areas.

Voluntary member appointments are for three years, although this may be renewed for a second term to a maximum of six years.

You can find out more about the role in our partnership member profile. And if you need them, you can also read our partnership terms of reference.

Volunteering as a partnership member enables you to use your skills and knowledge for the benefit of the waterways. As well as provide you with the opportunity to develop new skills, make a difference within your own community, and support and help us to deliver our strategic priorities.

Find out more about our North West Partnership

The North West area (area 1 on this map) includes the picturesque Lancaster and fabulous Leeds and Liverpool canals. Between them providing some of the most breath taking views of any waterways nationally!

You can find out more about our partnership and its current members on our regions pages. And a copy of our current strategy is also available to review.

Apply to be a voluntary member

Please complete our simple application form, setting out your experience and qualifications.

You will need to return your application form with a short cv to brenda.adams@canalrivertrust.org.uk.

As a volunteer you need to disclose any unspent criminal convictions. If you have any questions about this you can arrange a confidential conversation with our safeguarding officer.

To discuss the role further, please contact Chantelle Seaborn, waterway manager, on 0303 040 4040.

Please pass on this information to others who may be interested in this role.

Last date edited: 27 April 2017