Name: Steve Baylis
Occupation: Organisational Development Manager
WRG Volunteer since: 2009

When did you first get involved with WRG?

I did my first camp down in the Cotswolds on Goughs Orchard lock about 6/7 years ago.

How did you get involved with cooking on Canal Camps?

I initially said I might be interested in running a camp, and before I knew it, it just kinda happened!

What do you enjoy most about the experience?

The challenges each camp brings; the friendships I have made and the thought that in a hundred years or so, new navies will be looking at the work we have done with some level of admiration or horror!!

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

Spend time around other leaders, ask lots of questions, get lots of advice, ask even more questions, see what works, what doesn’t, and then find your own style of leadership, and never ever second guess your-self.

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 Steve'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.

Click here to see where we need volunteers in 2015!

"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