Volunteers wanted by West Midlands canals charity

Volunteers wanted by West Midlands canals charity

British Waterways, the body that looks after England’s canals and rivers, is seeking out eager volunteers to help guide its decision making in the West Midlands.

The West Midlands has been chosen as a trial area for new ‘Local Partnerships’ to trail-blaze ahead of British Waterways becoming a charity in 2012 and the national roll out of the Partnerships.

Canal and river users are being actively recruited to make up the eight person Partnership boards which will work with waterways managers to guide local decisions. The role of each Partnership is to give local people a greater say and role in how their local canals and rivers are run.

People based in the West Midlands with a passion for the region’s canals and rivers are being sought to volunteer their time and expertise. Member’s experience may be directly as a waterways leisure user (a boater, walker, angler or cyclist) or be of a professional nature – engineers, planners, fundraisers or commerce. But their passion for the canals and rivers of the West Midlands will unite them in common purpose.

But if you’re a more practical person, British Waterways also has volunteering opportunities for educators, historians, lock keepers, canal restoration and many other volunteers in the West Midlands. The full list of nationwide volunteering opportunities in constantly being updated by Waterways staff and is well worth looking at an their website.

If you want to apply to sit on the West Midlands Local Partnership you can fill out the application form and return it to roger.hanbury@thewaterwaystrust.org.uk by 3 May 2011. For an informal chat about the role contact Dean Davies mobile 07885 108308; office 01827 252001

The most famous part of the West Midlands canal network is arguably the Grand Union Canal which connects the centre of Birmingham with the River Thames at London. The canal side by the ICC in the centre of Birmingham now also boasts the recent and trendy redevelopment of Brindleyplace.

Using the canals and rivers of the region couldn’t be simpler, and British Waterways is running a variety of events in the coming months to get people out and about and enjoying the possibilities of the West Midland’s waterways.

  1. sylvia lowe says:

    Just wondered if suitable for 15 year old boy accompanied by parent at all times for part of The Duke of Edinbugh award. James needs to find a volenteering activity, also learning more about the country side and meeting new people.Regards Sylvia Lowe

  2. Apologies for the delay in coming back to you but I had to check out some of this information with British Waterways, who have just responded.

    We can confirm that the Members for the West Midlands Partnership have all now been confirmed so the vacancies have been filled.

    Regarding the query about the 15-year old boy wishing to volunteer, I have been informed that Stephen Bicknell is the West Midlands Volunteer Co-ordinator and would suggest they contact him direct. His details are as follows:

    E: stephen [DOT] bicknell [AT] britishwaterways [DOT] co [DOT] uk
    M: 07736 330288

    I hope that’s helpful.

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