Volunteering on the “Rose of Hungerford”
The Kennet & Avon Canal was saved from total dereliction by the efforts of volunteers in the 1950s – 80s, and now the trip boats run by the Trust help to “promote, protect and enhance” this lovely canal as a resource and an amenity for all. As a result, in 2014 the Trust won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (the MBE equivalent for volunteer groups), and we are always looking for new volunteers to continue this important work. The Rose of Hungerford is run, crewed and maintained entirely by volunteers, and all the money raised goes to support the work of the Trust.
Volunteering is a great opportunity to meet like-minded new people and learn new skills. Our flexible approach allows volunteers to do as much or as little as they wish, to suit their own availability, skills and interests.
As the boat is a licensed passenger vessel, we provide all the training needed to ensure that both volunteers and passengers can enjoy trips with confidence. Initial safety training allows a volunteer to act as a crew member, either helping with locks and mooring or looking after the passengers and running the galley. Some volunteers are trained to helm (steer) the boat or act as the Boat Master (“captain”). Day-to-day running and ongoing maintenance of the boat also involve people with a wide range of other skills and experience.
If you’d like to know more, please contact Tony Hill, the New Volunteer Coordinator (email at email@example.com or phone 01793 534148). We’d be happy to show you around the boat.