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News article created on 16 June 2017

Education volunteers needed to inspire local children about waterways wildlife and history

We are looking for volunteers who can help teach school children about some of Staffordshire’s most historic and popular canalside spots.

Education volunteers

We are hoping to recruit a team of education volunteers who can bring the history of their local canals to life. The volunteers would form part of our Explorers education programme aimed at 7-11 year olds. 

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. 

As well as fun learning activities and visit ideas the Explorers programme also offers free themed workshops in school and out on the towpath along with downloadable lesson plans and resources. All activities and materials are linked to the National Curriculum.

Sarah Cook, our education coordinator says: "The Canal & River Trust’s Explorers programme is all about encouraging children to explore their local canal or river and use them as a way of learning about a wide variety of subjects. 

"Staffordshire is famous for its waterways and in particular the Trent & Mersey and Caldon canals and fantastic Etruria Museum. We’re looking for education volunteers who can really bring that history – as well as a range of other subjects - to life.

"We’d really like to hear from anyone who thinks they can help us to inspire and enthuse young people about our wonderful waterways."

We are looking for 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.