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News article created on 9 March 2016

Education volunteers needed

We are on the lookout for volunteers to help teach school children near Stoke-on-Trent about the wonders of their local canals.

Children by the canal in Bingley Bingley

We are looking for new volunteers to help deliver our ‘Explorers’ education programme aimed at 7-11 year olds. 

The volunteers would be based in the historic surroundings of Etruria and join an existing team of experienced education volunteers.

The ‘Explorers’ 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 area’s 200 year old canals. 

Wonderful wildlife and history

As well as fun learning activities and visit ideas the ‘Explorers’ education programme also offers free themed workshops in school and out on the towpath along with downloadable lesson plans and resources. The team of volunteers will lead fun visits to the canal in Etruria, Westport Lake and at Red Bull near Congleton. All activities and materials are linked to the National Curriculum.

Sarah Cook, education coordinator at the Canal & River Trust says: “The canals in Stoke-on-Trent are steeped in history and wherever you look there’s an interesting story to tell. Our education volunteers play a really important role in bringing those stories to life and giving children an appreciation of their local area.

Bring stories to life

“The volunteers inspire kids about the wonderful history and wildlife around them with fun, interesting activities. It would be great to get some new people along who can maybe bring some new ideas and enthusiasm and help to create what, we hope, is a new generation of waterway enthusiasts.”

The Trust is looking for experienced people who are confident leading organised school and group activities. The volunteers will be required to work on week days during term time and will have the support of an education officer.

Anyone wanting to get involved or get more information should contact Sarah Cook on 07715 377788 or at sarah.cook@canalrivertrust.org.uk.

Find out more about our Explorers education program.