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News article created on 22 May 2015

Volunteers Week

Volunteers' Week is an opportunity to celebrate volunteers and to thank them for all they do.

Volunteers’ Week is held every year to celebrate the contributions of millions of volunteers across the UK. This year it’s taking place 1-7 June.

It’s organised and run by NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) in partnership with Volunteer Development Scotland, Volunteer Now (N. Ireland) and Wales Council for Voluntary Action. The first Volunteers’ Week was held in 1984, and since then it’s gained in popularity and increased in reach.

Volunteers’ Week is an ideal opportunity to say thank you to our volunteers, and to recognise all the hard work they put in and the amazing amount of time they give us.

It’s also a good chance to appreciate the wide range of roles volunteers engage with at Canal & River Trust; lock keepers, Explorer education volunteers, environmental assistants, heritage project assistants, Towpath Taskforce, festival volunteers, welcome stations, adoption groups, environmental surveyors, hydrology team volunteers, project management volunteers,  engineers, building surveyors, student volunteers – it seems the list is endless.

Our volunteers have; helped teams to plant new trees, monitored seal predation behaviour, surveyed voles and bats, painted locks, cleared litter, built fences and benches, supported specialist team tasks, welcomed visitors to our waterways and so much more.

For everything you do, we say thank you!

If you’d like to get involved in volunteering in your local area, or you’d like to read more about what our volunteers get up to, then check out the volunteering pages of our website.

About this blog

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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