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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
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Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
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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
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
We're calling on people in the West Midlands to help play a leading role in the development of the region’s historic canal and river network.
We're recruiting 13 members to our West Midlands Waterway Partnership, which plays a key role in getting more people involved in these vital green spaces and ensuring they boost tourism and employment.
The Partnership has developed an action plan to inspire more people to get actively involved in caring for and promoting the region’s historic waterways. It is now on the look-out for new members to help deliver the plan’s economic, social and environmental objectives.
The Partnership members are drawn from many different interests, not least boating and other waterway activities, such as angling, cycling and restoration. Its membership also includes interests and skills, including regeneration, environment, engineering, marketing and wider partnership working with the public, commercial and charitable sectors.
Applications are welcomed from anybody with an interest in the waterways and who shares the partnership’s objectives. The Waterway Partnership is particularly keen to hear from those with skills and experience around youth engagement, corporate relationships and urban and rural regeneration.
Peter Mathews CMG, chair of the West Midlands Waterways Partnership, said: “Our waterways have been instrumental in shaping our towns and cities and they remain an enduring reminder of our thriving industrial past.
“As a partnership we believe that it’s now time to put the waterways back at the heart of our communities and use them as a means of tackling some of the great challenges that our region faces. Our waterways have real potential to boost the West Midlands’ economy and to help people lead healthier lifestyles, gain new skills and simply just to feel a sense of ownership of the waterways around them.
The roles are voluntary with agreed expenses reimbursed, and will involve approximately two days a month. Appointments are for three years. For further information please contact Peter Mathews CMG at firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone can apply to be on the partnership however experience in the following is desirable:
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