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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll be in touch soon.
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.
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.