The volunteers will lead sessions for primary schools, cub scouts and brownie groups, which extend from the classroom to the waterside. These sessions 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 nearby Leeds & Liverpool Canal.
People interested in joining the charity's team are encouraged to attend an open day on Tuesday 10 December, from 2-4pm, at the L30 Community Centre in Stonyfield Netherton (L30 0QS).
Inspire young people
Katie Jackson, education coordinator at the Canal & River Trust says: “We are looking for volunteer teachers who can inspire young people about their local canal, and all the stories, history and wildlife that it contains. We are looking for people who can help to bring the nearby waterways alive to what, we hope, is a new generation of waterway enthusiasts. I'd encourage anyone interested in getting involved to attend the open event.”
Current volunteer, David Payne, said “The best thing about being an education volunteer has been the smile on the faces of the children. The sheer enjoyment and excitement as they respond in the classroom or at outdoor events.”
We're looking for people who can volunteer flexibly and respond to school and informal group requests as required and who can commit to at least three or four week days a month, with at least two weeks' notice being given for each visit. Often several sessions will take place in one school or waterside location in a day, normally between 9am–3.30pm. All volunteers will have the support of an education officer and all travel costs will be reimbursed.
To get involved or for more information contact Katie on [email protected] or call 07500 823 753