Name: Lucy Blake
Occupation: Nurse
First got involved with WRG: 2012

When did you first get involved with WRG?

I first got involved in WRG in 2012 on the Cromford Canal. I took part in the canal camp for the residential section of my Gold Duke of Edinburgh award. I met lots of new people and greatly enjoyed myself and I am still attending canal camps to this day.

How did you get involved with assisting on Canal Camps? 

After having completed three years of camps I was keen to have a go at being an assistant leader. I voiced my interests and was snapped up, which was lovely. I was the assistant leader on the Stroud camp working on the Bowbridge Lock.  I enjoyed being an assistant leader and felt greatly supported prior to and on the camp itself. The best thing I learnt was that “there is no such thing as a stupid question”. There were lots of people around to offer advice and answer my questions.

What do you enjoy most about the experience?

I enjoyed overseeing the camp jobs and seeing everything come together. After being the assistant leader I feel I understood more of what the camp was aiming towards and what was needed to achieve the aims. I liked making sure all the volunteers were happy. I enjoyed organising the evening activities and seeing everyone having a good time and watching all the different people interacting together at the activities I had arranged.

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

If I could give one piece of advice to someone who was thinking about getting involved in leading/assisting or cooking it would be to “go for it!” you will be greatly supported and your help will be welcomed. The feeling of a camp well done and everyone saying that “they have had a brilliant camp” is amazing. 

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 Lucy'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