The restoration team works to help bring our amazing derelict waterways back to life.
As restoration support coordinator, a key part of my role is to be the face of restoration at the Trust and the day-to-day contact for restoration societies. I comment on any planning applications which may affect the line of any unrestored or active canal restorations nationally and support the Inland Waterways Association (IWA) Restoration Hub and the wider restoration movement as a whole.
Another part of my role is to upskill volunteers within the societies. One way in which we do this is through our series of training and workshops and our annual restoration conference organised with the IWA which happens in spring. These training sessions and workshops aim to provide support and learning opportunities to our volunteer teams across England and Wales. I also share all the amazing work volunteers and colleagues are doing around the country by keeping our website and social media channels up to date and producing blogs and restoration stories.
I work to increase volunteer participation and build capacity within the restoration movement to ensure that societies have the expertise to tackle complex projects and are sustainable into the future.
I am new to the Canal & River Trust and joined the team in January 2020. It is exciting to work with such passionate individuals whose efforts are not only reviving our waterways but contributing to improving the health of the nation and conserving our local heritage.
Before joining, I have gained a broad amount of experience within environmental education, project coordination, science communication and volunteer management working within wildlife conservation charities and volunteer organisations.
Jodie Weathers is currently on maternity leave and will be returning to the role in February 2021.
Last date edited: 17 February 2020