Name:  Stephen Rice
Occupation: Web Services Developer
Involved with WRG since: 2012

When did you first get involved with WRG?

I joined IWA after going to an event and got Navvies magazine, which looked like a lot of fun and enticed me and a friend to sign up for a camp in 2012.

How did you get involved with assisting on Canal Camps?

From the first camp I went on I was quite interested in coming back and assisting but I'd imagined it was not something I could do so soon. When the next camp I went on had a fellow volunteer from my first camp assisting I realised that it was more open than that!

What do you enjoy most about the experience?

I'm quite social and get a real buzz out of ensuring everyone's having a good time and it's interesting to work with the leader to see how that all works too.

What 1 piece of advise would you give to someone who wants to get involved with leading or assisting?

Don't hesitate, just do it! Although if you are assisting, try to make sure you have a cook for the whole week.

Every year our Leaders and Assistants help over 1,000 volunteers enjoy a working holiday while gaining new skills and putting something back into our environment and heritage.

Intrigued by Stephen's story? Find out more about the ins and outs of becoming a leader!

Want to know more? Contact the WRG Leadership Team leaders@waterways.org.uk for details  on how to get involved ... Or call Jen or Amber at WRG Head Office for a chat – 01494 783 453 ext 604.

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"I get so much satisfaction leading camps - seeing new volunteers start at the beginning of the week knowing no one and leaving with new friends and skills at the end! It's awesome"  Becky Parr, Leader 2014