Volunteering Roles

Updated 29 December 2020

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.

Press and Marketing

We need support in the following areas to help us raise the profile of the Canal, recruit members and support Publicity, Fundraising and other activities eg promoting trip boats. Opportunities include helping:

  • plan and lead Marketing and Communications campaigns
  • coordinate activities with local press
  • 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


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 particularly:

  • legacies
  • donations
  • grants
  • other initiatives

Help in recruiting and supporting Volunteers

We have over 250 volunteers on the canal and a regular flow of new people. However this brings its own challenges and we need support in ensuring we have appropriate volunteer support in place both for new volunteers and to help keep in touch with. existing volunteers. If you have HR or some form of recruitment experience and are interested in finding out more please contact us.

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.

Adminstrator to assist Website Manager

The new Society Website is now established, and managed by an experienced web manager, but the Society need an administrator who can look after the day-to-day operations of the site including its email system. This will not involve any technical development but a general appreciation of the applications that are in use would be helpful but not essential – all common sense!  The role will include ensuring members’ database is updated correctly, dealing with password requests, overseeing any online shop queries etc. This role would be ideal for a homebased person with a couple of hours free time per week.

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.