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Interested in volunteering?

If you are interested in volunteering, contact us to find out more.

Ways to volunteer

Help from home

Keep your eyes and ears open and let your local branch know of anything that may be detrimental to the waterways. Plus you could support our campaigns, share what we are doing or fundraising for us.

Dip your toe in

Pop along for an hour or two to join your local branch’s canal clean-ups & work parties helping you to get outdoors and make a visible difference to the waterways in your area.

Jump right in

If you have more time to offer, we have a number of committees at local, regional and national levels that make sure we’re listening and talking to the right people and reacting appropriately. There are lots of ways to get involved from website editing, organising events or even monitoring planning applications.

Come on holiday with us

If you’ve got a week (or even just a weekend) to spare then you could restore a canal with modern day navvies, across England and Wales. No experience required!

Unique offers

We’ve got volunteer roles that don’t fit into the above, and if you have a skill you’d like to donate then chat to us and we’ll explore how you can help.


Waterways affected by HS2

We’re campaigning to protect canals and rivers from the damaging effects of HS2, especially where the tranquillity of the waterways is under threat.

Waterways heritage

Our waterways heritage is what makes Britain’s canals and rivers special and it must be actively protected – through the local planning system and sufficient funding – for the future.

Waterway restoration

Restoring the UK’s blue infrastructure – our inherited network of navigable canals and rivers – is good for people and places.

Waterway underfunding

Hundreds of miles of waterways – along with their unique heritage and habitats – are currently starved of funding and rely on constant lobbying by us to safeguard their future.

Waterway businesses

The government needs to intervene at the earliest possible opportunity to save this vital sector of the British economy and what could be a core element of the British stay-at-home leisure and holiday sectors in the coming years.