Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
Work for us
We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
It's International Volunteer Managers Day on 5 November, but what turns a good volunteer manager into a great one? Read on to find out more.
Great volunteer managers lead from the front, setting a great example. They’re not afraid to get stuck in but also understand the importance of volunteer engagement, delegating and letting go of tasks with confidence, knowing that their volunteers are fully equipped with the skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to do a great job.
Good communication is vital for happy and effective volunteers and volunteer managers understand this. They offer a variety of communication methods such as face to face chats and more formal meetings, and utilise new technology as well as embracing good old fashioned methods such as newsletters and posters. A great volunteer manager appreciates two way communication and is an excellent listener.
Volunteer managers are excellent at reading people and back that skill up with their inquisitive nature, taking time to understand the individual and their needs to place them to the right role. They also spot when someone may not be the perfect fit for a role and can provide more suitable alternatives.
Volunteer managers don’t judge, they are welcoming and show respect to everyone and take time to understand the needs of individuals.
Great volunteer managers understand it takes time to build up a volunteer base and stick with a project or task with ongoing enthusiasm. They understand volunteers move on and the importance to re-recruit and retrain volunteers is part of the ongoing cycle and vibrancy which volunteers brings to their organisation.
Being well-organised is an essential skill for any great volunteer manager, they’re often juggling a number of projects (and sometimes hundreds of volunteers) but can still tell you what’s happening (and where) with ease… and they always have a plan B!
And finally, great volunteer managers appreciate all the hard work, time and effort their volunteers give, and show this by regular praise and feedback to their volunteers, either one to one or through group events. They’re always looking for new and inventive ways to say ‘Thanks’.
Find a volunteer role which suits you today. What are you waiting for?
Last date edited: 3 November 2016