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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.
We're looking for volunteers to help teach school children about the wonders of their local canals and rivers at Trent Lock.
The volunteers will lead sessions for primary schools, cub scouts and brownie groups, that extend from the classroom to the waterside, and include everything from explaining how canals were built to helping children to be safe by the water. They will also be talking about the wonderful wildlife, history and characters of the four waterways that meet at Trent Lock.
Sarah Cook, education coordinator at the Canal & River Trust says: “Trent Lock is a historic crossroads where four waterways meet so there are loads of really interesting stories to tell. We’re looking for volunteer teachers who can bring those stories to life and really inspire young people.
“This team of volunteers will excite kids about the wonderful history and wildlife around them and help to create what, we hope, is a new generation of waterway enthusiasts. I’d encourage anyone interested in getting involved to get in touch.”
We're looking for people who can volunteer flexibly and respond to school and informal group requests as required. Volunteers will need to commit to at least three or four week days a month, with at least two weeks’ notice being given for each visit. Often several sessions will take place in one school or waterside location in a day, normally between 9am–3.30pm. All volunteers will have the support of an education officer and all travel costs will be reimbursed.
Anyone wanting to get involved or get more information should contact Sarah Cook on 07715 377788 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There’s also a public drop-in session taking place at Trent Lock on Thursday 18December between 11am and 2pm where people can find out more.
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