Victorious volunteers!

How volunteering was recognized at the Waterways Alive Awards, and news from the north.

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Well, what can I say – we did it! You may remember the subject of last month’s blog was the internal award our team of volunteers and staff had been nominated for, well I am delighted to tell you that we won. I must admit I had butterflies thinking about how things would go, as I was so desperate for the team to win the award so we can share the good news with all the volunteers and colleagues involved. It was a perfect evening, and even the weather played ball, with warm sunshine and no rain. I know how hard everyone worked to ensure that the evening was a great success, so I’d also like to thank them too.

Other exciting things have been happening this month too, with the start of our annual seal survey at the Tees Barrage. It was my first trip to the Barrage, and I was amazed at what a place it is. My colleagues there have just opened a Welcome Station, and I would recommend you pay them a visit. There is an open day on 30 August (you will need to pre-book).

Whilst you are up there, you may want to get involved in the seal survey too! I was amazed to see several when I visited. There was something quite playful about them bobbing about in the water, and we were delighted to welcome back some volunteers who have been involved in previous years. This is one of the joys of working in volunteering at Canal & River Trust, we really do offer a variety of opportunities. In the coming months I hope to share with you news of another very unusual opportunity coming up in the spring – but enough of wishing the year away. We have yet to have a summer!

Last date edited: 2 December 2016

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Volunteer coordinator

Amanda is a volunteer coordinator for the Technical Team within the Trust. Whether it’s finding a student for a long-term placement with the environment team or assisting the hydrology team with a team of volunteers to count boat movements, she can be counted on to find the right people for the role. Amanda joined the Trust in July 2012 and previously worked as the Volunteer Leader in the East Midlands. She has worked at other charities in people engagement roles, but is at her happiest besides the water.

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