We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

Lead volunteers

Two guesses what our lead volunteers do? That's right, they lead volunteers! These are key roles for people who are looking to devote more time to a volunteering role, and potentially aiming for more personal development.

"It’s a great opportunity for those with strong leadership skills as well as those looking to develop them." Ed Moss, national volunteering manager

A lead volunteer does what it says on the tin, they lead volunteers. We offer additional training to support planning and leadership, and our applicants have varying levels of pre-existing skills. Some come to us with huge amounts of experience, some have very little but are looking for opportunities for personal development.

Ed Moss, our national volunteering manager, explains:

"We are lucky to have a growing number of volunteers, and our lead volunteers help us to make more happen more easily. As a lead volunteer you'll get involved with the planning, leading and follow up for other volunteers. It’s a great opportunity for those with strong leadership skills as well as those looking to develop them."

A typical day

A typical day can be varied. It can involve site visits to scope out a planned task, it could be promoting a volunteering opportunity in the local community, or it could be planning the fundamental logistics for the day to ensure that everyone has the best and safest experience possible.

Lead volunteer placements are 6 months long and are structured around ongoing development in personal and leadership skills. These may include:

  • how to lead volunteers in practical tasks on the towpath
  • how to promote and recruit for best results
  • practical skills like dry stone walling and hedge laying

But not all lead volunteers have to be on a placement. Some of our lead volunteers have already been with us for some time and may be for the foreseeable future.

In the future, we will be developing lead volunteer roles in teams such as the Explorers education volunteers.

Lead volunteer with the Canal & River Trust Lead volunteer with the Canal & River Trust

Last date edited: 9 May 2016