Welcome to the March news update from the London Volunteering Team. This month the newsletter is packed with a whole range of volunteer events and opportunities coming up across London's waterways, there really is something for everyone so please read on.
Join us at Towpath Taskforce to breathe in that crisp ‘spring’ air and help keep London’s waterways looking their best! We’ll be out at Islington, Hanwell, Ware and Roydon this month. More information can be found by clicking the links below and details of our April events can be found on the London Volunteering page. All tools, equipment and instruction will be supplied, please wear old clothes and hard-soles footwear and if the weather forecast is looking wet, don’t forget the waterproofs!
We are looking for volunteers to help Gareth George and Alex Gudmestad our London mooring rangers. If you enjoy meeting people and are looking for a flexible volunteer experience on London’s canals then this could be for you. We’re introducing mooring rangers at sites across London to provide a welcoming information service to mooring customers and record information about boats using our moorings. We’re looking for volunteers who can give a minimum of one hour a week (this could be on weekdays, the evening or at the weekend), with a friendly manner and enthusiasm for canals, boating and your local area.
If you are already volunteering with the Trust as a volunteer lock keeper or towpath ranger you might be interested in carrying out the mooring ranger role as part of your existing volunteering. If you would like to find out more about this please contact Debbie Vidler – Deborah.email@example.com
Hampstead Road Lock, Camden
During March our Customer Operations Team will be carrying out their programme of six monthly lock maintenance on the Regent’s Canal, Hertford Union and Lower Lee and are looking for volunteers to help. Planned Preventative Maintenance (known as PPM) is carried out regularly with the aim of keeping our locks in good working condition and identifying or preventing defects, a bit like getting your car serviced! It involves a range of activities including greasing paddles, tightening bolts, adjusting lock collars, de-weeding the lock edge and gates, cleaning lock ladders and painting cill markers. The team will be out most days in March, if you are interested in getting involved and would like to know more, including dates and locations please contact Amy Conway – firstname.lastname@example.org
This month Darren Starling, London’s towpath ranger, is looking for new people to join his fantastic team of volunteers helping to manage the growth in popularity of walking and cycling on London’s towpaths. The rangers help make sure our towpaths are an enjoyable place for everyone by being the Canal & River Trusts’ eyes and ears, attending and sometimes leading towpath events, promoting the Share the Space, Drop your Pace campaign, carrying out visitor counts, managing towpath signage, leading some towpath walks and doing the odd spot of towpath gardening and maintenance too!
If you would like a taste of the towpath ranger role why not join the team on one of their regular Thursday towpath patrols, led by lead towpath ranger Giles. Details of this months walks are below. Please meet at 11:00 to begin walking at 11:10 and dress for the weather including sturdy footwear and Canal & River Trust clothing if you have it. The walks typically take between one and a half and two and a half hours depending on the number of activities along the way which could include foliage cutting, graffiti removal, signage improvement and public engagement. If you haven’t been on a ranger walk before please contact Darren Starling – Darren.email@example.com to let him know you will coming along.
This month it’s the turn of Jennifer, volunteer lock keeper, towpath ranger and member of the Brentford archive team! Hear what she has to say about her volunteering experience in this video filmed at Brentford, and keep an eye out for the perfectly choreographed ducks! If you would like to feature in a future 'meet the volunteer' please contact Linzi MacDonald - firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Debbie Vidler is the volunteer development coordinator for London. She works with the London team to recruit and support volunteers and celebrates the amazing work they do. Every month she gives a roundup of volunteer events and opportunities coming up across London.See more blogs from this author