Frequently asked Questions

Will it cost me anything?
WRG only asks volunteers to cover the cost of food. For a weekend dig this can be between £8-15 and for Canal Camps it is £56 per week.

Do I need to bring tools or equipment?
You will be sent a full list of what to bring, the essential being a sleeping bag, sleeping mat (or mattress), waterproofs, old work clothes and steel-toe capped boots or steel-toe capped wellies.  We will supply any other safety equipment required, including hard hats.  All tools will be provided.

Do I need any experience?
No previous experience is necessary; just a willingess to have fun and get involved.  Our experienced 'canal camp' leaders will explain to you everything you need to know once you're there.

Will I fit in?
Whether you're looking to help restore a canal, learn some new skills, do some physical activity, or just meet new people... well, everyone else will be there for similar reasons.

What if I have a medical condition?
Please let them know if you have a medical condition.  We can then make sure that we organise suitable activities on site.

Am I too old?
Our working holidays are open to anyone aged between 18-70+.

The working day
The working day usually runs from 9am-5pm (depending on the weather) with plenty of tea-breaks and lunch on site.  In the evening a substantial, home-cooked meal will be provided by your canal camp cook.

What's the accommodation like?
Our standard accommodation is best described as basic - usually village halls, scout huts or community centres unless otherwise stated ... don't worry ; there will always be a hot shower on offer after a muddy day on site!

Duke of Edinburgh's Award
WRG welcomes participants completing the residential aspect of their Duke of Edinburgh's Award.  All volunteers participating in the Award are asked to attend the camp for the full seven days.

"Volunteers don't get paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless."

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Contact WRGie Head Office
01494 783 453 ext 604