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Towpath Taskforce - Birmingham Canals, Birmingham Sandwell

Birmingham, Sandwell, Birmingham Canal Navigations, West Midlands

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I have lots of fun creating new habitats for the wildlife and meeting new people.
Tommy, volunteer

What's involved?

Do you like to feel you’ve made a difference in your local community? Enjoy being outside in the fresh air? Enjoy fixing things? If you do, then read on!
We’re looking for volunteers who can join our West Midlands operations team and help us maintain our canals and Towpaths.
This ongoing volunteering role will involve carrying out a variety of maintenance activities.
Ideally, you’ll be able to volunteer one day a week or more the choice is yours, and you’ll get the opportunity to work on a range of activities such as clearing pathways, helping to maintain some of our 200year old structures, cleaning and installing new signage, managing vegetation and helping other volunteering groups with their activities.

Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear. We can provide warm drinks, but you may also want to bring your own flask or water bottle along with a packed lunch or snack depending on how long you’re staying.

This opportunity is along the following canal locations:
Perry Barr
Great Bridge (Ryders Green, Ridgacre, Brades
Smethwick
Tividale
Titford/Oldbury
West Bromwich (Spon Lane)

Please sign up and the Volunteer Leader will be in touch to let you know of times, dates and where to meet.




What skills are we looking for?

This role would suit someone who is interested in DIY and has the ability to apply practical skills in an outdoor setting. You will also enjoy talking to people and sharing local knowledge. This opportunity will suit you if you have a friendly enthusiastic manner and enjoy working outdoors. The role involves you working with power tools and gardening equipment and will require you to take part in training assessments.

What will you get from us?

Being by water makes us all feel happier and healthier. With this volunteering role you’ll get the opportunity to spend your time outdoors, helping out on the canal and towpaths. Full training will be provided and, if DIY or being interested in heritage structures is your thing, then this is the role for you.

You’ll get the chance to make new friends, learn new skills and meet local people who use the canal. Every day is different - one day you could be lubricating and adjusting lock mechanisms so they are smoother to operate, the next you could be helping to fill in pot holes on the towpath or even assisting to carry our repairs to our 200 year old brick work.

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