The volunteers will lead sessions for primary schools, cub scouts and brownie groups, that extend from the classroom to the waterside. The sessions include everything from how the canals were built to helping children stay safe by the water. They will also cover the wildlife and history of the waterways.
Elaine Stanley, education coordinator at the Canal & River Trust says: “Crofton Pumping Station is one of the historical highlights of the Kennet & Avon Canal, so there's loads of really interesting stories to tell. We're looking for volunteer teachers who can join our existing team to bring those stories to life and really inspire young people.
A new generation of waterway enthusiasts
“This team of volunteers will enthuse 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 are looking for people who can volunteer flexibly and respond to school and informal group requests as required and who can commit to about one or two week days a month normally between 9am–3.30pm. All volunteers will have the support of an education coordinator and all travel costs will be reimbursed.
If you want to get involved or find out more about this role then please contact Elaine Stanley on 07733 124565 or at [email protected].
There's also a public drop-in session taking place at Crofton Pumping Station on 10 March between 1.30pm and 3.30pm where people can find out more.