Specific Volunteering Roles (updated October 2019)


The key aim of the Society is to maintain and protect our canal for future generations, and we cannot do this without the support of our volunteers.  We have a whole variety of volunteering opportunities, some of which involve specialist skills, where we urgently need help. These roles are flexible and can range from a few hours a week working from home to being involved in projects, committees and organising events. Volunteering with the Society is highly rewarding in terms of helping protect our canal and is also great fun working as part of a team. Undertaking some of our more specialist volunteer roles provides the opportunity to use your existing knowledge and skills and can also provide useful work experience for students.


Press, Media and Marketing We need support from people with media and press liaison skills, together with experience of writing press releases.

General marketing, promotional and merchandising/sales experience is also required.

Fundraising Looking forward it is important that we increase our income, particularly through donations, membership, sales and engaging local businesses. We are looking to build a team to support fundraising and welcome help from anyone with experience in this area, including grant applications
Boat Trip Enquiries/ Bookings As the number of trips grow, while the main booking system is “semi” automated, we need some part time support to assist with boat trip bookings and enquiries where most of this work can be done from home
Managing and maintaining our boats We need practical help in managing & maintaining our two trip boats – the John Pinkerton II trip boat moored at Odiham and the Kitty moored at Woking. Working with the current leaders, we need particular help with planning and organisation, maintenance (day to day and winter checks), and ensuring compliance with regulatory procedures. In fact, help is needed with all aspects of running a revenue generating public carrying waterborne vessel.
Organising and supporting Events To help raise the profile of the Canal we will be increasing the number of local events. We have a small team at present but need more help. This can be very flexible, just helping out at one or two events, but if you have interest in meeting people and helping the Canal please get in touch
Planning & environment We need expertise in working with local councils and other volunteers to help review local plans and maximise the benefits for the Canal and also minimizing the potential negative impacts from any new developments.  Knowledge of any of the following: Environmental Issues, SSSI, Town and Country Planning, Local Planning, National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) etc. in relation to waterways would be a great asset.
Building links with business We see a real opportunity to involve local businesses in supporting the Canal with a benefit to all concerned. Experience of establishing and maintaining relationships with business contacts will be invaluable.
Building links with local colleges and schools Similar to working with businesses, we see opportunities for schools and colleges to support the canal so experience of working in or with the education sector would be a great asset.
Building links with local councils The Society works closely with both the County Councils (Surrey & Hampshire), owners of the Canal, to help them get the best use out of the Canal for both residents and users of this wonderful asset. We have a team already linked into the councils via the managing agents, the Basingstoke Canal Authority (BCA) but there is always more to do – so please call us if you have experience in working with local councils.
Canal Champions in local areas We want to increase the profile and involvement of local communities, clubs and societies, in particular in the Woking, Mytchett, Fleet, Odiham and Basingstoke areas.

We are looking for people to act as a focus for everything going on locally in their area, e.g. events, local groups, social media, local press, etc.

Administration There are opportunities to help in either the BCA (at Mytchett) or with the Canal Society’s team in supporting the day to day work of the Society.

This can be helping with customer enquiries, day to day organisation, etc. – please call us to find out more.


The above are just some of the roles where you could help, but there are lots of other opportunities where you could be involved.  So please call 07850 652769 or email volunteer@nullbasingstoke-canal.org.uk to find out more.