Specific Volunteering Roles


To support the Canal we have a whole variety of volunteering opportunities that include specific roles or 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 involved in projects and events.

‘Local Champions’ In developing the canal we want to increase the profile of the local centres in particular Woking, Mychett, Fleet, Odiham and Basingstoke and are looking for people to help act as a focus for ‘what is going on locally in that area’, eg events, local groups, etc.
Exhibition Manager



Needed to organise and manage local exhibitions as opportunities arise.

Planning Specialists Working in conjunction with local councils and other volunteers to help review and comment upon local plans and proposals, to maximise the benefits for the canal from new developments
Press Manager To report on the activities of the canal society to the local media, providing input also into our social media activities
Coordinator with clubs/societies


To help build links with other clubs and societies along the canal and raise overall profile and awareness of the canal with the local community

Web page support assistance Supporting the ongoing review and regular updating of our website
Project Managers There are various projects to be got off the ground which could benefit the canal but which require project management and/or liaison with county engineers, other organisations etc. These currently include:

  • preparation for works at Swan “cutting” at North Warnborough
  • a boat basin at Colt Hill, Odiham
  • a major canal-side facelift to Ash Wharf, and
  • identifying a suitable exhibition space and purpose for the Society’s Perseverance Dredger locally, so it could then be restored (potentially) to working order.
Talks Organisers Required to organise the monthly talks at Chobham including venue, finding speakers and coordinating (note: the 2018/19 season has already been booked and programme of talks organised). In time we would like a similar initiative in Fleet.
Event Manager


Required to support the canal to increase our profile with local events including for example the Odiham Raft Race in September. We would also like to provide more events for members such as an annual BBQ and the Mikron Theatre (pictured)

Helping with Society sales stand Helping with running the Society sales stand at various events in the area
Fundraiser To help with fundraising for specific projects
Engineer and Maintenance Manager Required to oversee both the day to day and end of season maintenance work on the Society’s John Pinkerton II 50 passenger trip boat based at Odiham
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


The above are just some of the roles where you could help, but there are lots of other opportunities so please call and talk through what you are looking for.

If you are interested in any of these roles, or want to find out more, please call Ken Sankey on 07850 652769 or email him at ken.sankey@nullbasingstoke-canal.org.uk