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Waterway Recovery Group – COVID 19

Date: 19/05/2020

We know this is a challenging time for everyone, and in light of Government guidelines we have taken the decision to cancel/postpone all of our scheduled volunteer and training events on an 8 week rolling basis to be reviewed weekly. A full rundown of how this will affect our events going forward can be found below:

Canal Camps

At the most recent WRG Board meeting held on the 17th May 2020 the Board had unanimously decided to cancel all our planned Canal Camps between the months of July & September. This decision was not made lightly, but with the most recent set of government announcements and in the interest and wellbeing of our volunteers the decision was made to cancel all our planned Canal Camp opportunities. Whilst this news will be disappointing to we hope you will understand and we hope to answer any pressing questions.

Please find our FAQ’s on how we will be progressing going forward on our Canal Camps page.

Mike Palmer, WRG Chairman comments:

“Although the Canal Camps scheduled for the summer months seem a long way off, they don’t just occur “on the day”. In advance of every successful week lies a combination of careful planning, seeking of permissions, bespoke training and comprehensive preparation work (both on paper and on the ground).

WRG has always taken the health and safety of its volunteers on site and back at our chosen accommodation very seriously and we will not run a camp where this is compromised. In the most immediate sense this means the Corvid-19 virus is at the top of our list for risks and we will of course follow any guidance given.

Regional Groups

Planned Weekend Digs within the next 8 weeks have been suspended. For more detail about new dates and the status of future working parties please contact the Regional Groups direct:

Training Events

The following training events have been cancelled or postponed:

  • Skills Training Weekend (8th – 10th May 2020) - CANCELLED
  • Leaders Training Day (16th May 2020) - POSTPONED
  • Waterway Legacy Leaders Programme - POSTPONED

Dates and any other updates will be provided on the website and social media when available. 

WRG Office Support

The office is being managed remotely at the moment with access to both email and phone.  In line with Government guidance site visits and meetings will be postponed to a later date but digital meetings are taking place.  Please do bear with us as we get used to the new processes and ways of working but we are still very much open for business, and if you need any support, please give us a call on 01494 783 453 ext 607 or email enquiries@wrg.org.uk

e know this is a challenging time for everyone, and in light of Government guidelines we have taken the decision to cancel/postpone all of our scheduled volunteer and training events on an 8 week rolling basis to be reviewed weekly. A full rundown of how this will affect our events going forward can be found below:

Canal Camps

Our planned River Waveney Canal Camps: 23rd May – 6th June have been postponed until a later date (To Be Confirmed). Bookings for our Summer Canal Camps remain open, but will be reviewed frequently as we work alongside our volunteer leaders, host societies and our accommodation providers. If the Camp has to be cancelled or postponed, attendees will be offered a space on another Canal Camp or be offered a full refund.

 

*Advice to volunteers already booked on Canal Camps: WRG will not be able to offer refunds for travel arrangements made prior to the cancellation or postponement of any Camp. Therefore we would advise that you do not make any travel arrangements earlier than four weeks prior to the Camp. For volunteers coming from abroad, please review with your countries travel advice and airlines to plan accordingly.

 

“Although the Canal Camps scheduled for the summer months seem a long way off, they don’t just occur “on the day”. In advance of every successful week lies a combination of careful planning, seeking of permissions, bespoke training and comprehensive preparation work (both on paper and on the ground).

WRG has always taken the health and safety of its volunteers on site and back at our chosen accommodation very seriously and we will not run a camp where this is compromised. In the most immediate sense this means the Corvid-19 virus is at the top of our list for risks and we will of course follow any guidance given. However, even if the current restrictions are lifted in the months to come, we may not be able to run a Canal Camp safely and may have to reschedule or even cancel it.”

Regional Groups

Planned Weekend Digs within the next 8 weeks have been suspended. For more detail about new dates and the status of future working parties please contact the Regional Groups direct:

London WRG: london@wrg.org.uk

WRG BITM: enquiries@wrgbitm.org.uk

WRG North-West: malcolm.bridge@wrg.org.uk

WRG Forestry: wrgforestry@wrg.org.uk

 

Training Events

The following training events have been cancelled or postponed:

 

Cancelled: Skills Training Weekend (8th – 10th May 2020)

Postponed (To Be Confirmed): Leaders Training Day (16th May 2020)

Postponed (July 2020): Waterway Legacy Leaders Programme

 

Updates will be provided should the any of the above change.

 

Staff at Head Office

The team will also be avoiding all non-essential contact and travel - this means that WRG HQ will be running on a skeleton crew, and we will be unable to attend meetings in person or arrange site visits during this time.  Please be aware some of our key outputs may occur at a slower pace than normal, due to limited time within the office. We will however endeavour to complete our regular responsibilities in a timely manner.

We are, however, still very much open for business, and if you need any support, please give us a call on 01494 783 453 ext 607 or email enquiries@wrg.org.uk

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