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News article created on 11 March 2014

Standedge Tunnel appeals for new education volunteers

Standedge Tunnel on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal is launching a recruitment drive for new volunteers to join its education team.

It’s a good time to join the team as we are having increasing numbers of enquiries from schools interested in discovering more about their local waterway history Helen Evans

Hundreds of children enjoy discovering Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre with their families each year and increasing numbers of local schools are booking educational visits to explore the longest, widest and highest canal tunnel in Britain.

As a result our education co-ordinator, Helen Evans, is keen to recruit new volunteers to join the education team at Standedge so that even more youngsters and families can enjoy the visitor attraction.

Helen says: “It’s a good time to join the team as we are having increasing numbers of enquiries from schools interested in discovering more about their local waterway history.

“Education volunteers can get involved in a whole range of activities – from helping children to understand the history of waterways transport and trade, to delivering children’s holiday crafts, bridge building, towpath walks and roses and castles painting.”

Range of activities

Volunteers need to be over 18 years old and be prepared to volunteer around three or four times a month. The opportunity would be ideal for people considering a career in teaching or working with children. All prospective volunteers are subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and reference checks.

Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre is staging two drop-in volunteer recruitment events on Thursday 13 March between 3pm – 6pm at Huddersfield Library, Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield, HD1 2SU and on Tuesday 18 March between 3pm – 6pm at Marsden Mechanics Community Hall, Peel Street, Marsden HD7 6BW.

Existing staff and volunteers will demonstrate some of the current education activities and answer any questions.

To register your interest in attending the drop-in information event email helen.evans@canalrivertrust.org.uk or telephone 07585 402702.