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News article created on 7 March 2017

Volunteers needed to inspire local children about waterways wildlife

Volunteers are needed to help teach school children near Standedge Tunnel on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal about the wonders of their local canal.

Education volunteers

We want to recruit a team of experienced education volunteers based near Standedge Tunnel as part of its ‘Explorers’ education programme aimed at 7-11 year olds. 

Working with us, the 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. Linked to the National Curriculum, they will also be talking about the wonderful wildlife and history of the 200-year-old famous Standedge Tunnel.

Katie Hutchinson, our education coordinator says: "Standedge Tunnel is the longest, highest and deepest canal tunnel in Britain. It took 17 years to build and is a marvel of engineering. With its colourful history there’s loads of really interesting stories to tell. We’re looking for education volunteers who can bring those stories and characters to life and really inspire young people. 

"It’s a great opportunity for people who are considering a career in education or have retired, to help enthuse children 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 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.