Step 1. The first step is to identify a bridge in need of restoration or repair. This could be a bridge you pass whilst walking your dog, one you drive past every day or even one you’ve cruised past on your boat! The bridge might need repointing; repainting; reconstruction ...or it could just be in need of a bit of TLC. Intervention now could prevent the need for more major repairs at a later date. All of this can be done by volunteers with the appropriate level of skills, experience and with supervision in place! It may be necessary for volunteers to undergo training with Canal & River Trust before starting restoration work on a bridge.
Step 2. Once you have identified a project that your volunteer or community group would like to get involved with, the second step is to contact your local Canal & River Trust Volunteer Coordinator. There will be a lot of things to consider and your local Volunteer Coordinator is your link to the rest of the Trust. They will be able to liaise with all the experts and everyone involved with a bridge repair. The Volunteer Coordinator will be able to confirm if there is a budget in place for the repairs and if volunteers can carry out the work. In some cases the bridge will be of heritage value, and may require certain types of consent before work can start.
Step 3. The Volunteer Coordinator will then help you coordinate a site meeting with all the interested parties to discuss the project in more detail.
Helpful tips - What to discuss at the site meeting
Building Bridges Guide
Online or Pdf
WRG's Health & Safety Booklet
Canal & River Trust's Heritage Works Approved Process