New Canal Welcome Station in Stone – volunteers wanted

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The friendly faces of the CRT: a volunteer meet-up at Fradley in March

Did you know that 14 million people visit one of our waterways each year?  So many people want to know more about the nation’s canals and rivers but they don’t always know where to look or find us. You can help to change this.

The Canal & River Trust has a wide variety of visitor attractions and community hotspots. In this area they are Great Haywood Junction and Stone, the original Canal Town.  To better respond to this interest, we are looking to establish a mobile Welcome Station at both these hotspots on busy days over the summer months, to engage with visitors and locals alike.

This is an opportunity to be the ‘face’ of the Canal & River Trust, playing a key role in the enjoyment of the visitor experience and ensuring visitors leave with a greater understanding of the waterways.  It will involve being on hand to talk to visitors, explaining the work that the Canal & River Trust carries out and informing them about the what, where, when and why of the Trent and Mersey canal, the amenities and attractions of the Stone area, and the charity as a whole.

We’re not looking for people who are experts in the nation’s waterways, but for people who are friendly and approachable and know who to ask if they don’t know the immediate answer. You’ll get a full induction and familiarisation to the Trust and you’ll be able to meet other volunteers and employees who can help. Knowledge of the local area is useful but not essential.

The welcome station will be equipped with engaging interactive displays giving an overview of the Trust, and a supply of leaflets and other relevant literature.

The queries that you get can vary from the fascinating to the bizarre and it’s a great way to understand how people feel about the canals and rivers as well as reveal the fantastic facts that give people an insight into their management.

To find out more about how you could get involved, please contact Tom Freeland at the Canal and River Trust on tom.freeland@canalrivertrust..org.uk, or call 01827 252010.  Alternatively, go to our website at www.canalrivertrust.org.uk and check out ‘Volunteering in my area’.