Updated 21 October 2021
There are many ways to volunteer with the Society
The key aim of the Society is to ‘Keep the Canal Alive and Vibrant’ so as to maintain and protect our canal for future generations, and we cannot do this without the support of our volunteers both ‘out on the canal’ and ‘behind the scenes’
We have a whole variety of volunteering opportunities in organising and leading the society, some of which involve specialist skills. It’s very rewarding working in teams with other like minded volunteers and the roles are all flexible and can range from a few hours a week working from home to being involved in projects, committees and organising events, admin support, etc.
We ask volunteers to become members of the Society as it enables them to receive regular updates along with membership providing insurance cover for volunteer activities. Click here for more information about membership.
Below are just some of the roles where you could help. However there are lots of other opportunities where you could be involved. If you would like to know more or you want to apply to become a volunteer then click on one of the buttons below and we will contact you.
Volunteer to coordinate Mailchimp communications
The Society uses MailChimp to distribute the monthly bulletin, a quarterly member’s newsletter, and various communications in support of the Basingstoke Canal. We are looking for a volunteer to create our online email communications and maintain our audience lists. Applicants should be conversant with MailChimp or similar software as well as Microsoft products (or equivalent) and be able to give a few hours each week. Training will be provided if needed. Please contact us for more information.
Publicity and Marketing
We have several roles available as part of our work to raise the profile of the Canal this also supporting increasing membership, project fundraising and encouraging more boats on the canal. In all cases the roles are flexible and you will be working as part of a team.
Some of the areas where we need support include:
- Support for Press Officer: we need someone help our Press Officer and Communications Coordinator build links with the local press and other outlets. Needless to say, it would help if you have some marketing and organisational experience (see attached description of the role).
- Sales Volunteer of books and items on the website/events: currently we sell around £5000 of books and other items and we need someone to help continue to promote them along with posting them out. It’s a fun and interesting role.
- Helping our Trip Boats. We need someone to help promote our trip boats at Odiham and Woking. We already have someone active on profiling on Facebook but we need initiatives to reach new audiences. Needless to say some experience in marketing or sales would be helpful.
Help with organising crew roster on trip boat
We are looking for someone to join the team to plan and organise the trip roster on our 50 passenger trip boat. It is good fun and rewarding being part of the team running the boats. Contact us for more information.
Help plan ‘themed’ trips on our trip boats
We want to provide more ‘themed’ trips and are looking for a group of people to work as part of a team to plan and organise these events on our 50 passenger boat at Odiham. This should be good fun and interesting with the opportunity (‘excuse’) to have regular trips on the boat!
Please contact us to find out more.
We currently have a small team and would welcome additional help to plan and organise events. In addition to several major events the society attends various local shows and sets up stands at strategic locations along the Canal to attract new members to join us in our work.
If you have a background in events and / or are good at organising people and equipment to make things happen, then we would like to hear from you.
Help our Membership Team to Plan and Recruit New Members
Following a 30% increase in membership over the last year, we want to maintain this momentum and are looking for someone with marketing experience who wants to work with the membership team to plan how we get new members.
The role is flexible and with a commitment of say 3 to 4 hours work a week. This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of a team to develop and follow through campaigns and initiatives to improve what we offer members (including offering discounts in conjunction with local businesses). (See attached toke description for more detail).
Additionally, to support membership we are looking for some technical help in managing the membership database and linking into to the website. Again flexible with around 3 hours time commitment a week.
To support a modernisation of the extensive archives, we need volunteer support to work with the archive team. The opportunities could include:
- to work with the Canal marketing and events team to identify events that should be recorded for the archive (if you were interested, this could include attending the events to photograph and record). Similarly to work with canal management to identify major works and other items such as emergencies that should be recorded for the archive and attend to photograph as appropriate.
- to explore and establish the potential for an exhibition of the canal history. Such an exhibition could be held at a venue such as the Lightbox but should also be in a format where it can form a display at any location. The exhibition should be both physical and virtual.
- to explore the potential and work towards establishing an education presentation that could be made available at the canal centre and offered to schools and visitor groups.
Please contact us to find out more about these opportunities using the link at the top of this page.
Project Leader to help lead restoration of historical ‘Perseverance’ dredger
We are looking for someone to work as part of a team to plan the return and partial restoration of return the dredger Perseverance where the parts are currently stored elsewhere. This a major and exciting project where existing trustees will be involved but we need a core person to plan and help coordinate.
Key skills will include project management, along with the ability to both work as part of a team, and most important be practical and ‘get things done’. Please contact us to find our more.
Fundraisers with experience in raising money from legacies and links with local businesses
While we have a successful fundraising team in place it is important that we increase our work in raising money from legacies and linking with local business to support the Canal. If you have an interest in helping in these areas please let us know.
- Legacies: there is a clear message that people value the canal and we do periodically receive legacies. It is clear however that there is an opportunity for us to do more to raise the awareness of this form of gift. Accordingly if you are interested in this area of fundraising, and would like to help us, then please get in touch (see attached role description for more information about this opportunity).
- Working with local businesses: Likewise 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. If you have ideas and initiatives, and want to ‘make things happen’ then please contact us.
Canal Champions in local areas.
The Society needs to increase it’s profile and involvement with local communities and we need your help. We already have local people covering various parts of the canal but we want more representation in particular in the Runnymede, Ash, Surrey Heath, Pirbright, Mytchett and Deepcut areas. We are keen also to get extra support for our work in Woking.
If you live in these areas please contact us as we are keen to find people to help coordinate activities going on locally in their area, e.g. links with local councils. local events and groups, social media, local press, etc. You would be working as part of a team and the time commitment is flexible but as a guideline it could be around 3 hours a week. If you are interested in finding out more please contact us.
Promotions/Marketing person to support new boat fundraising project:
Marketing person needed to work with the team to support our project to raise £200k to fund a new Kitty trip boat at Woking. The team includes fundraising and project planning, and we need to promote the initiative and engage relevant community, council and business partners.
This is a fun and an ideal volunteer role for someone with some marketing / promotional experience with time commitment flexible but on average around 3 hours a week.
There is the opportunity for new trustees to join the board to help lead the Canal Society. We already have a range of skills on the Board but we are always keen to build links with future potential trustees to open to help lead the Society,. Indeed we currently would appreciate further trustee support on Marketing and helping to raise our profile.
This is a very interesting and rewarding role where you would be critical in helping lead the Society forward, and so doing, helping protect this wonderful amenity. Time commitment is flexible but as a guideline with a time around 4 hours a week. Quite simply if you want to find our more please contact us to have an informal discussion and where we can provide a broad role spec.