Waterways Chaplains are independent of the Trust and offer welfare support to people on the UK's canals and rivers.
Chaplains are volunteers from local churches who regularly visit the canals and rivers offering companionship and a listening ear to individuals and businesses.
They're trained volunteers who are very connected with their local communities. They respond to referrals but also proactively ‘come alongside’ boaters in need, especially those with personal challenges.
The Chaplains offer:
- listening: listening and a confidential ear
- signposting: sign-post those in difficulty to local support services eg. foodbanks
- advocacy: act as advocates when a boater needs someone to unravel issues eg. difficulties with paying licences, support with bereavement
- a hardship fund: offer coal/ fuel, food, emergency boat repairs
- assistance in an emergency
For more information and to access their support, please visit their website.
Last date edited: 6 June 2018