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About the organisation

Camden Canals Narrowboat Association

Our aim is to offer disadvantaged community groups an experience of a canal trip on a traditional narrowboat.

We run and maintain ‘Tarporley’ - a historic Northwich narrowboat, converted to carry 12 passengers. We mainly do day or evening trips but also longer ones as passengers & crew can sleep aboard.

Volunteers help run the boat, crewing, supporting passengers, working locks, mooring, steering and maintaining the boat. Even if you have never been boating before, we will train you.

Trips can be any time or day weekdays and weekends, daytime and evenings

Travel expenses and a subsistence allowance are payable.

Have great days on the water on a traditional narrowboat!

Our aim is to offer disadvantaged community groups an experience of a canal trip on a traditional narrowboat. We run and maintain ‘Tarporley’ - a historic Northwich narrowboat, converted to carry 12 passengers. We mainly do day or evening trips but also longer ones as passengers & crew can sleep aboard.

Volunteers are needed to help run the boat, crewing, supporting passengers, working locks, mooring, steering and maintaining the boat. Even if you have never been boating before, we will train you. If being on a boat isn’t your thing, you can get involved in the running of the organisation instead!

Role Aim: 

There are public roles such as skipper or crew, bookings management and marketing, practical roles such as maintenance, painting, electrics, woodworking, training, sign writing, decorating, cleaning and laundry, administrative roles such as grant and sponsorship applications, bookkeeping, crew-rostering, publicity design and production, web design and special event planning and general roles such as attendance at canal festivals and events to assist with the smooth running and public safety etc. The list goes on.

Duties: 

The most common and sought after role for students will be crewing the boat but as you can see above there are many other roles available. Crewing includes working with the passengers and developing communication and customer service skills. Working the locks, steering the boat but also clearing and cleaning the boat after trips (Everybody mucks in ) Learning about the canals and the environment in London so you can be informative to the passengers. Administration volunteers could include anything from maintaining a blog and publicity to bookkeeping.

Skills needed: 

No skills needed as all skills will be taught. Keen and personable are appreciated.

Training: 

Training will be provided depending on the role but we aim to teach every volunteer to be a good boater and those who wish, to become community skippers.

Location: 
Kings Cross
Time commitment: 
N/A
Opening times: 
Crewing is not a weekly task it will be dependant on the number of bookings but trips range from 4 hours to 8 hours.Trips can take place any time of today or week. A crew request form will go out and crew volunteers can offer to be part of a trip or not.

Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here