Volunteer in partnership

Volunteering in partnership is all about making a real difference to your community, changing lives and having fun too. Could you join over 400 groups who volunteer with us every year?

By working together with local groups we’re bringing our nation’s canals and rivers to life in more ways than ever before. We’re helping them to volunteer and transform waterways, and communities across England and Wales are becoming healthier and happier as a result. 


  • Acocks Green Neighbourhood Forum
  • Adsetts Canal Project
  • Ancoats Adoption Group
  • Ascot Road Adoption Group
  • Audlem Lock 15 Gardeners Group (ADAPT)
  • Autism East Midlands – Tall Trees
  • Aylestone Meadows Appreciation Society
  • Banbury Canal Partnership
  • Barnoldswick in Bloom
  • Baswich Canal Group
  • BCB Adopters
  • Berkhamsted 53 Canal Support Group
  • Birmingham Black Country Wildlife Trust
  • Birmingham Good Gym
  • Bishop's Stortford Baptist Church
  • Bishops Stortford Canoe Club
  • Blisworth Canal Partnership
  • Bow Baptist Church
  • Braunston Canal Society
  • Bridgwater and Taunton Canal Association
  • Broadcut Moorers
  • Broken Cross Boat Club
  • Broxbourne Rowing Club
  • Buckingham Canal Society
  • Building Communities
  • Bury College
  • Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire
  • Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire
  • Canal Connection
  • Canal Connections
  • Canal Garden - Berkhamsted
  • Chestnut Walk Residents Group
  • Claverton Pumping Station
  • Clear Cut Conservation
  • Community Foundation
  • Community Links
  • Community Links
  • Coombeswood Canal Trust
  • Craven Conservation Group
  • Creoda's Canal Crew
  • Devizes Caen Hill Moorings Adoption
  • Disley Towpath Action Group
  • Don Gorge Community Group
  • Douglas Valley Lion’s Club
  • Droitwich Waterway (Pamela May) Trust
  • East K & A Volunteer Group
  • Erewash Canal Preservation and Development Association
  • Failsworth clean up team
  • Findern Footpath Group
  • Frankton Adopters Brigade (FAB)
  • Freda’s Garden lives on
  • Friends of Bollington Towpath
  • Friends of Carnforth Coke Ovens
  • Friends of Cromford Canal
  • Friends of Cromford Canal
  • Friends of Dudswell Locks
  • Friends of Mercian Nordic Walking (Worcester Canal Team)
  • Friends of Players Industrial Estate
  • Friends of Rochdale 9
  • Friends of Saddington Reservoir
  • Friends of Slough Canal
  • Friends of the Woodlands and Coachwood Green
  • Friends of Tipton Cut
  • Gailey Canoe Club
  • Girlguiding Leeds
  • Good Gym Leicester
  • Hanover Primary School
  • HMP Stoke Heath
  • Holts Crest Way Residents
  • Human-Nature Escapes CIC
  • Ingestre with Tixall PC
  • IWA Lichfield
  • IWA Manchester
  • IWA Milton Keynes
  • IWA Northampton
  • IWA West Country
  • IWA West Country
  • IWA West Country


  • KACT Bath & Bristol Branch
  • King's Bromley Marina Community Group
  • L30 Community Centre
  • Lancaster Canal Trust
  • Lee Valley Park Volunteers
  • Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre
  • Leicester Rowing Club
  • LHAG Grafters & Growers
  • Liberty Staffordshire
  • Lincoln Sea Cadets
  • Lincoln Sea Cadets
  • Little Britain Anglers
  • Llangattock Community Woodland Group
  • Llangynidr Environment Action Project
  • Long Eaton Natural History Society
  • Lower Regent's Coalition
  • Macclesfield Canal Society
  • Macclesfield Canal Society
  • Macclesfield Canal Society
  • Manchester Bolton and Bury Canal Society
  • Market Drayton Community Partnership
  • Marple Locks Heritage Society
  • Mid Cheshire SUP
  • Mountsorrel Lock Group
  • Nature Pirates
  • Nottingham Probation Fit4Work (voluntary group)
  • Nottingham Probation Fit4Work (voluntary group)
  • Nottingham Probation Fit4Work (voluntary group)
  • Nottingham Yacht Club
  • Oulton Brownies
  • Pendle Borough Council
  • PLAN Brecon
  • Pocklington Canal Amenity Society
  • Retford and Worksop Boat Club
  • Rickmansworth Waterway Trust
  • Rishton Prospects
  • Riverside House
  • Rotary Club of Northwich
  • Royal Sutton Coldfield Canoe Club


  • Safe Anchor Trust
  • Sankey Valley Canal Restoration Society (SCARS)
  • Scott Mortimer Littlebeck Trust
  • Scouts - 13th Burton Scout Group
  • Scouts - 15th Wigan Scout Group
  • Scouts - 1st Duffield Scouts
  • Scouts - 1st Hertford Scouts
  • Scouts - 1st Llanollen Scouts
  • Scouts - 1st Stratford Upon Avon Cub Scouts
  • Scouts - 2nd Beeston Sea Scouts
  • Scouts - 325th Birmingham, 1st Billesley Scout Group
  • Scouts - 4th Crosby & District (St William of York)
  • Scouts - 7th Newark Scouts
  • Scouts - 8th Lincoln Scouts (Wragby)
  • Scouts - Clayton Scouts
  • Shropshire Paddlesport
  • Skyway Charity
  • Solihull Canoe Club
  • St Matthews Bath
  • Stoke Bruerne Canal Partnership
  • Stonebridge Lock Coalition
  • Stourbridge Arm Canoe Club Ltd
  • Stourport Army Cadets
  • Street Scene Greenfield
  • Sunnyside Rural Trust
  • SWAG Stoke Woods Action Group
  • Swansea Canal Society
  • Swinton Lock Activity Centre
  • Talking Rubbish in Solihull
  • Talybont-on-Usk Community Council
  • Targeted youth services (locality 3) Wigan Council
  • The Bridge Short Stay School
  • The Kingsmere Project
  • The Old Mortonians
  • The Rising Sun PH
  • Thrupp Allotment Group (TAG)
  • Trentham South Residents Association
  • Upper Lode Angling Club
  • Uppermil Canal Adoption Network (UCAN)
  • Victoria Anglers
  • Wargrave Guides
  • Warland Farm
  • Warwick District Green Party
  • WAVE (Wern Adoption Volunteer Effort)
  • Welshpool Adoption Group
  • West Berkshire Mencap
  • West Midlands Nordic Walking Group
  • Whilton & Buckby Locks Association
  • Wigan Green Crew
  • Wigan Pier Boats Ltd (t/a Kittywake Canal Cruises)
  • Witham Waste Warriors
  • Woodley & Romiley Towpath Team
  • Worcester Birmingham and Droitwich Canals Society
  • Worcester Canal Group
  • YMCA Bridgwater

Different ways to get involved

Whether you want to volunteer once or every month we have something for you.

One off or taster events: a great way to start getting to know the waterway, most groups come out once to learn the ropes. We will work closely with you to plan and manage the day.

Waterway carer: after a taster day if your group would like to carry on volunteering regularly you will become a waterway carer group.

Adopting Waterways

We need more groups to help care for stretches of waterway across England and Wales. We’d love to hear from you if you belong to a recognised group or club so that we can explain the various ways we can work together.

If your group would like to get more involved, a waterway adoption might be perfect. You'll get to know the same patch and see how your volunteering makes a difference over time. Adopting a waterway is a partnership with the Trust and we have three different types of adoption, something to suit everyone.

Community adoption

Groups are asked to adopt one mile or more for a year and to volunteer at least once a month. This type of adoption best suits groups with more experience that are able to lead and manage their own activities.

Helping hands adoption

Great for groups that fancy adopting a smaller area and might need a bit for help getting going. We ask these groups to volunteer about once a month for a year.

Pocket adoption

This is the mini adoption option, volunteering in the same area for five days in one go or over a few months. This adoption can be in a much smaller area and really suits those who would like to sort out an area close to home.  


Download our form via the link below and email it to volunteer@canalrivertrust.org.uk. We'll be in touch soon.

Hear from our adoption groups

When people get together to do something for their community, amazing things can happen. You can find out more about our existing adoption groups by clicking on the links below and on the top right.

More questions?

Take a look at our page of further information about adoptions or read our adoptions FAQs

You don't have to adopt to volunteer with your group as we have one off opportunities as well. There are also  lots of ways to get involved if you don't belong to a group. We have volunteer roles of all shapes and sizes.

What could you do with your adopted stretch of canal?