Specific Volunteering Roles


To support the Canal we have a whole variety of volunteering opportunities some of which involve particular skills where we need help. These roles are flexible and can range from a few hours a week working from home to being say involved in projects and events. It is rewarding helping protect our canal and great fun working as part of a team.

Committee roles An opportunity to use your strategic thinking, management skills and teamwork experience to help move the Canal forward, especially bringing new & creative ideas to the management team.
Support on managing and maintaining our boats We need practical help in managing & maintaining the John Pinkerton II trip boat moored at Odiham. Working with the current leader, we need in particular help with planning and organisation, maintenance (day to day and winter checks), and ensuring compliance with regulatory procedures.  In fact all aspects of running a revenue generating public carrying waterborne vessel. This is really interesting and rewarding work.
Help with 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 enquiries.
Press, Media and Marketing support A key role in the future of the Canal.  It is essential that we raise the profile of the Canal and ensure that we get the local community, along the entire length, involved. Accordingly we need support from people with press liaison, marketing or promotional skills. This can be very flexible and again will be working as part of a bigger team.

Specifically we also need marketing and press support to promote our boat trips.

Deputy Lengthsmen We have over 60 lengthsmen (men and women!) who regularly walk their local patch of the Canal and act as the ‘eyes and ears’ for the Basingstoke Canal Authority (BCA) Rangers who look after the entire length of the Canal.

We are always happy to increase the number of lengthsmen.  A fresh pair of eyes will always bring a different perspective!

With the growing number of lengthsmen we also need some folks to help coordinate this operation with the Lengthsmen Organiser.

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. Again 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.

We also need support in planning the regular series of local talks at Chobham.

Helping build links with local councils We need to work closely with both the County Council (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 but there is always more to do – so please call us if you have experience in working with local councils.
Planning experience 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.
Project management experience We have many ongoing projects which will benefit the Canal, but which require planning and project management.  These currently include Swan Cutting, various plans around Woking and a boat basin at Odiham – and indeed projects all along the Canal. Come and join our project team to help bring the projects to life.
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 and ideas in this area.
Help in building links with Schools and Business We want to build stronger links with Schools to help educate our youngsters and expose them to wonderful world of the Canal and its heritage, nature and health benefits.

We also see a real opportunity to involve local businesses in supporting the Canal with a benefit to all concerned.

So if you are interested in helping us build these key relationships, have ideas, and would like to work as part of these teams please contact us.

Canal Champions in local centres We want to increase the profile and involvement of the local communities and local clubs, in particular at Woking, Mytchett, Fleet, Odiham and Basingstoke.

We are looking for people to help act as a focus, and to link into,  ‘what is going on locally in that area’, e.g. events, local groups, social media, local press, etc.

Administration There are opportunities to help in either the BCA’s office (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.