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Are you looking to make a positive difference in 2022? This year, volunteer by water for a healthy mind and body.

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Just like you, we know that giving something back can be a great way to improve your physical and mental health.

Thousands of you have already discovered that volunteering not only offers greater life satisfaction - it can also improve your wellbeing.

Would you like to boost these positive effects even further? If so, the answer is right on your doorstep.

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Our charity can show that people who volunteer by water for the Trust report being happier, feeling more worthwhile and less anxious than other volunteers, or those who don't volunteer at all. 

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Higher levels of happiness

Our canals are special places where you can relax, recharge, and reconnect with what really matters. It’s no surprise that volunteering by water can make you feel so good.

Find a role near you

Across our charity we have roles of all shapes and sizes, whether you’re looking to make a regular commitment or simply volunteer for an occasional day on the towpath. Canals need many hands to look after them and by volunteering with us you can help make many more miles of canal blue, green and better. Join us and #ActNowForCanals.

It’s good to give

The act of giving through time, care and attention is kindness at its best. Take a look at how volunteering by water can assist in each of the five ways to wellbeing.

New year, new you?

Forge a fresh path and make a change, become a Canal & River Trust volunteer.

Volunteering is a great way to get active and meet new people, all against the backdrop of our stunning canals and rivers.

Volunteers help with all aspects of our work to bring canals to life, so we always have a large variety of roles available. You could be looking to learn new skills, gain valuable work experience or simply make a difference to your local canal. Whatever the reason, we’d love to hear from you. Look at the volunteer roles available in your area.

Why volunteer?

Still unsure? According to the Value of Volunteering 2021 report, volunteering boosts skills including communication, relationship and leadership skills. It improves your sense of motivation and productivity at work, and volunteering can even help you to apply for different or more senior roles in the work place.

That’s in addition to the dose of wellbeing you can enjoy from the warm glow of giving something back, making a difference to your community and spending time by our beautiful waterways.

Find a role today

Whether you are looking to boost your wellbeing, get fit and active, or just make a new year’s resolution, join the thousands already volunteering by water and #ActNowForCanals. 

Last date edited: 24 January 2022