Specific Volunteering Roles (updated January 2020)


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.

Chair Our current Chairman will retire later this year and we are looking for an individual to lead the work of the Society and chair its Executive Committee. The key requirements of this role are to:

  • Lead the executive team in developing and delivering the Society’s vision and strategy
  • Ensure the appropriate executive team is in place and carrying out the required duties
  • Represent the Society at key stakeholder meetings, including the managing authority and County Councils.
  • Discharge legal and regulatory requirements

As a guide you would need to spend the equivalent of at least one day a week to undertake this important, interesting and rewarding role.

Treasurer We are looking for a new Treasurer as our current incumbent is stepping down. The key requirements of this role are to:

  • Ensure Society finances are managed effectively and in accordance with regulatory and legal requirements.
  • Maintain financial records and produce monthly management financial reports
  • Lead the annual budget setting process
  • Prepare annual accounts

It is not expected that you would need to spend more than the equivalent of one day a month to undertake this role, as we are also looking for someone to undertake bookkeeping and banking transactions to support the Treasurer.

Press, Media and Marketing We need support from people with marketing, promotional, media and press liaison skills, together with experience of writing press releases.
Fundraising It is critical that we increase our income through donations, membership, grants and engaging local businesses. We are building a team to support fundraising and welcome help from anyone with experience in this area.
Boat Engineer We need an engineer to help lead the maintenance of our 50 passenger diesel trip boat John Pinkerton II trip boat moored at Odiham. This involves working with the current team, and includes planning and organisation, maintenance (day to day and winter checks), and ensuring compliance with regulatory procedures.
Boat Trip Enquiries/ Bookings The Society runs two trip boats at Odiham and Woking and is looking for people who would like to join the booking team and help handle phone enquiries about bookings. Team members work from home and take it in turns to handle the booking phone on a monthly basis. Help is always available by phone or email from other experienced volunteers
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 councils The Society works closely with both the County Councils (Surrey & Hampshire), owners of the Canal, and other local councils, 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.
Help in recruiting and supporting Volunteers We have over 240 volunteers on the canal and a regular flow of new people.  We need support in helping people find the right roles for them, liaising with the various volunteering organisations along with keeping in touch and supporting existing volunteers. If you have HR or some form of recruitment experience and are interested in finding out more please contact us.
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 events 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
Bookkeeping & general administrative support We are looking for someone with bookkeeping skills to support the Treasurer.  We also have a range of administrative roles in support of our Company Secretary and working with our Fundraising, Marketing and Lobbying teams.  These roles would particularly suit someone who prefers to work ‘behind the scenes’ in their own time.


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.