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News article created on 23 November 2016

Education volunteers needed to inspire local children about Yorkshire's historic waterways

The Trust is on the lookout for volunteers to help teach school children in North Yorkshire about the wonders of their local waterways, through their ‘Explorers’ education programme.

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The volunteers will be based in the atmospheric surroundings of Naburn’s historic canalside workshops, as well as on the scenic Pocklington Canal, and will work with children aged between 5 and 16.

The ‘Explorers’ volunteers will lead sessions for schools, cub scouts and brownie groups, both at the workshops and within schools in and around Pocklington, Naburn, Fulford and into York.

Naburn was once a thriving inland port and the historic buildings there include a mill, a blacksmith's forge and workshop, offices and a crane area where goods would have been loaded and unloaded. The volunteers will be helping to bring this history to life as well as leading sessions on the wonderful wildlife found on local waterways.

The Trust has secured £496,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project to improve vital wildlife habitats and historic features on the Pocklington Canal. The volunteers will play an important role in the Gem in the Landscape project, helping to get local schoolchildren involved in the activities, gathering their views and explaining the canal’s importance as an nationally significant place for nature and a key part of the area’s history.  

As well as fun learning activities and visit ideas the ‘Explorers’ education programme also offers free themed school assemblies and workshops. All activities and materials are linked to the National Curriculum.

Claire Cavendish, education coordinator at the Trust says: "With spots such as Naburn workshops and the Pocklington Canal, which are both steeped in history, North Yorkshire’s waterways are a really inspirational place to bring learning to life.

"Our brand new team of education volunteers will play a really important role in sparking children’s imaginations and giving them an appreciation of their local area. 

"We’re looking for people who particularly enjoy spending time outside and love working with children and teachers. It’s a great opportunity and I’d encourage anyone interested to get in touch." 

The Trust is looking for experienced people who are confident leading organised school and group activities. The volunteers will ideally be able to give 3-4 days a month both within and outside term time. 

Anyone wanting to get involved or get more information should contact Claire Cavendish on 07342 061979 or at claire.cavendish@canalrivertrust.org.uk 

For more information about the Trust’s Explorers education programme