Feel Proud, Make a Difference and Leave Your Mark in 2019

We all have plans to give back or do something worthwhile, but more often than not, time and real-life get in the way and another year passes without us fulfilling that goal. Why not make 2019, the year when you take up a new hobby, meet new people, learn new skills and leave a legacy for the future? It might sound a bit daunting, but you can achieve all of this and a whole lot more on one of the Waterway Recovery Group's Canal Camps.

These week-long working holidays cost just £70 for the week and are part of the group's canal restoration programme. Working outdoors, volunteers can find themselves carrying out various activities such as clearing vegetation and bush-whacking, or learning new skills including bricklaying, stone walling, restoring locks, re-lining canals or creating towpaths. Working together, volunteers make a real difference over the course of the week and will leave with a sense of pride in knowing that their work has made a long-lasting improvement to the canal network.

Each Canal Camp includes three meals a day plus endless tea and cake. Basic accommodation is provided, usually in a village hall or scout hut. Volunteers will need to provide their own camp bed or sleeping mat. All transfers to and from the accommodation to the work site are included but volunteers will need to make their own way to the Canal Camp. If travelling by public transport, volunteers can be collected from the nearest railway station.

If you're interested in volunteering on a Canal Camp, visit the Waterway Recovery Group website www.wrg.org.uk to see a full list of all 2019 dates and locations. You can also email enquiries@wrg.org.uk or call 01494 783 453 to order a new brochure. Camps are open to anyone aged 18 and above and no experience is necessary. All personal protection equipment is supplied. You just need a pair of steel toe cap boots.

Previous Canal Camp volunteers are available for interview.
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Waterway Recovery Group is part of the Inland Waterways Association (IWA). IWA is The Inland Waterways Association is the membership charity that works to protect and restore the country's 6,500 miles of canals and rivers. IWA is a national organisation with a network of volunteers and branches who deploy their expertise and knowledge to work constructively with navigation authorities, government and other organisations.

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