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We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Do one thing every day that scares you - even if that means role play!
Coming back to work after a lovely peaceful week off pottering in the garden is never easy, but it’s been a good week to come back to. I was quite lucky that it only took me until lunchtime on Monday to sort out my emails before knuckling down to some real work. I was in Milton Keynes head office on Tuesday for our first birthday celebrations: yummy cake, a reflection on just how far we’ve come in a year (a long way!). Finally we had a lovely birthday message from our new chief executive, Richard Parry, and no, he didn’t sing it.
Although Richard doesn’t join us until 8 July, he has been getting out and about on the waterways: boating, painting lock gates, visiting Crick Boat Show, Stoke Bruerne gala weekend etc. He’s definitely hitting the ground running!
Later in the week I headed up the M40 to our Hatton office to sit in on a volunteer co-ordinator team meeting as a preparation for a team focus in the August edition of The Source. I love meeting colleagues from the waterways and it was a really interesting day. The highlight was a brilliant afternoon’s training on the new DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) checks from NACRO’s Jackie Sinclaire. These are replacing the CRB checks that we have to undertake if our volunteers work with children or vulnerable adults.
I thought at first that it was a bit heavy for after lunch – there are so many new rules, regulations and classifications that my head started to spin – but the interactive part of the afternoon was fascinating (I even got involved in role play – I hate role play with a vengeance and avoid it wherever possible). But you know what Bas Luhrmann’s Sunscreen says: do one thing every day that scares you.
So not only a week that involved a birthday and cake, but I ticked a box too. I'll take that as a good return to work.
Liz Waddington is editor of The Source, the Canal & River Trust’s monthly staff newspaper. She has been in love with canals and their industrial heritage since her first holiday on the Grand Union Canal when she was 10 years old. Liz likes nothing more than getting out and meeting her colleagues on the cut.