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. Many of our leads are very experienced, both in volunteering for us and professionally, and we've been lucky enough to get their help in developing new lead volunteers. For would-be leads, looking for opportunities to use and develop their skills, we can offer a range of flexible roles, plus additional training to support planning and leadership.

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

With so many different lead roles, there's no such thing as a typical day. It could be site visits to scope out a planned task, promoting volunteering in the local community, updating a team rota, working with local staff to train or induct new volunteers, or simply working with the team to deliver 'the day job'. 

Many of our teams increasingly rely on their lead volunteers to support their volunteers in delivering their targets, including:

  • Towpath Taskforce practical work days
  • Volunteer Lock Keepers
  • Explorers education sessions
  • Museums - all roles

Current opportunities

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

Last date edited: 21 September 2017