Volunteering Roles

Updated 17 June 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.

Events Team

We currently have a small team and would welcome additional help to plan and support our programme of events. Please contact us to find out more.

Health & Wellbeing and Environment Champions

We are looking for a volunteer(s) to help us raise our knowledge of and focus on the Environment, as the Basingstoke Canal is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest along much of its length.

Accordingly protecting and enhancing the Environment is at the core of our planning for the future, for example promoting electric powered boats along the Canal and forging improved links to Natural England and the Environment Agency.

So, if you are passionate about this issue, and want to help guide and influence the Canal Society’s activities in this key area, then please get in touch. The role is likely to take up to say 3 hours a week and will involve liaising with Local and County Councils Environment teams, as well as Natural England and the Environment Agency.

Press, Marketing & Communications

We have several roles available as part of our work to raise the profile of the Canal this also supporting increasing membership, fundraising for projects and encouraging more boats on the canal. The roles are flexible and you will be working as part of an established team. Some of the areas where we need support include:

Marketing and Communications specialist to help plan and coordinate our overall ongoing external (and internal) communications:

Working with the main trustees, this is an interest volunteer role for someone with these skills and wishing to help support our wonderful local canal.

Coordinating local newsletters/promotional messages with local press and other publications:

Working with our press officer and other volunteers, this is about organising and contacting the local press in coordinating and helping issue regular communications and articles to local papers, magazines and other outlets.

Writing articles:

Helping write articles for our Bulletin, Quarterly Newsletters and local press.

Helping put together and edit our electronic Bulletin and Quarterly Newsletter:

There is an opportunity for others to join the team and help co-edit these newsletters. On Bulletin we use Mailchimp where Mailchimp experience would be helpful (if not we can train you).

Promoting our Trip Boats:

We need someone to work with the existing team to help promote our trip boats at Odiham and Woking.

Membership Team

We currently have a small team and would welcome additional help to plan and follow through campaigns and initiatives to increase membership. Please contact us to find out more.

Fundraising through donations and legacies

While we have a successful fundraising team in place there is an opportunity to increase our work in seeking donations and legacies to support the Canal. If you have an interest in helping in these areas please let us know.

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.

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.