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New champions of the waterways needed to inspire young
11:00am Monday 18th March 2013 in News
THE Canal and River Trust, the new charity that cares for 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales, is searching for volunteers to help educate young people at local primary schools, Cub, Scout and Brownie groups about the magic of their local waterways.
The volunteers, who will be based at the Devizes Canal Museum at the Wharf, will lead towpath walks, show how locks work and explain how species like dragonflies flourish.
The trust’s education programme helps young people learn about the great outdoors, with the Kennet and Avon Canal which runs through Wiltshire, being home to an array of wildlife, sites of special scientific interest and some of the nation’s most significant industrial heritage.
Elaine Stanley, education volunteer co-ordinator at the trust, said: “This is an ideal role for anyone with a love for the waterways and a passion for helping a younger generation discover the wildlife on their doorsteps.
“We do a lot of work with schools and local groups, and the more volunteers we can recruit, the greater variety of projects we can develop.
“There is so much to showcase, from the history of the Caen Hill locks through to the thousands of species that make the canal their home.”
Volunteers interested in the role will need to have experience of working with children and be able to commit to at least three or four days a month.
The trust will provide training and resources and will offer continued supervision and support.
For more information visit http://tinyurl.com/bmjalum or contact Elaine at firstname.lastname@example.org