Volunteering Roles

Updated 7th March 2021

There are many ways to volunteer with the Society

The key aim of the Society is to ‘Keep the Canal Alive’ so as 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.  


Following the retirement of our Chairman, 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.


We have lots going on with our archives including planning for them to be available through the website. In the meantime we need someone to take over the existing archives some being in physical storage and others in electronic form.

This is an ideal role for some interested in the history of the canal and how we make it available to our members

Health & Wellbeing and Environment Champions

We are now looking for volunteers to help us raise the profile and our focus on Health & Well Being and the Environment. These issues are important and we see great opportunities to help improve Health & Well through working with councils and the local community.

Likewise improving the Environment is also in our plans for example with electric powered boats. If you are passionate about either of these issues, and want to help guide and influence the Canal Society’s activities in these key areas, the please get in touch. 

The roles are likely to take up to say 3 hours a week and will involve liaising with Local and County Councils Health and Environment teams, as well as local health facilities in the case of Wellbeing and Natural England for the Environment.  

Press, Marketing & Communications

We need support in the following areas to help us raise the profile of the Canal and involve the local community. This supports all our activities including increasing membership, fundraising for projects and support wider Publicity eg promoting trip boats. You will be working as part of an established team and it is very rewarding. Some of the areas where we need support include:

  • planning and helping lead our overall Marketing and Communications campaigns
  • coordinate activities with local press and other local outlets
  • write articles for Bulletin, Newsletters and local press
  • writing press releases
  • Mailchimp experience would be helpful (if not we can train you)

All of the above are very flexible – please contact us to find out more


To support our campaigns it is critical that we increase our income through donations, grants, legacies, lottery funding and building links with local businesses. This will be working as part of an established team – again please call us if you have an interest and/or experience in this area, or simply want to help:

  • legacies
  • donations
  • grants
  • other initiatives

Building links with business

There is a real opportunity to involve local businesses in supporting the Canal with a benefit to all concerned. This is ideal for anyone who has had previous experience of working with corporates and building relationships.

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, especially if you live in Surrey Heath and Runnymede Council area.

Canal Champions in local areas

We want to increase the profile and involvement of local communities with the Canal and already have local people covering Woking and Ash. However we also want more representation in particular in the Woodham, Pirbright, Mytchett, Aldershot, Farnborough, Fleet, and Odiham areas. To do this we are keen to find people to help coordinate activities going on locally in their area, e.g. events, local groups, social media, local press, etc. Contact 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@basingstoke-canal.org.uk to find out more.