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Explorers Education Volunteer - Montgomery Canal

Ellesmere, Llangollen Canal,


Explorers with a Canal & River Trust worker on the towpath in Leeds
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There are few things more satisfying than seeing a child's eyes light up when they learn something new and exciting.
Jackie, explorers volunteer

What's involved?

If you enjoy working with children and being outdoors, join our team of education volunteers along the Montgomery Canal. Lead exciting and inspiring educational visits for primary schools between Arddleen and Llanymynech all focussing on the restoration project along the canal. Education volunteers will lead sessions 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. They will also be talking about the wonderful wildlife, the ecology and local history all related to the Monty!

DBS check required

We are looking for people who can volunteer flexibly and respond to school requests as required and who can commit to at least 3 or 4 days a month. We try and give you at least 2 weeks’ notice of a visit. Often several sessions will take place in one school or waterside location in a day normally from about 9am – 3pm.

What skills are we looking for?

For volunteers working with children we are looking for:
• Previous experience of working with young children
• The desire to work outdoors.
• The confidence to talk to, and lead workshops with groups of children.
• The ability to enthuse young people through talks and activities.

This role involves regulated activity with children and adults at risk, as defined by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. Therefore, an Enhanced Criminal Record check will be undertaken and references will be sought. A criminal record is not necessarily a bar to volunteering with us.

What will you get from us?

This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a newly established creative team, work in a beautiful location, learn more about waterway heritage and wildlife, use your skills and learn new ones!

We'll provide you with resources and full training on how to lead groups of children. You'll also have the support of an education coordinator as well as the other volunteers in your team and we'll reimburse you for all travel costs.

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