The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust has won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service which was presented to the Trust by the Princess Royal in 2014. This is the MBE for volunteer groups. We are aways looking for volunteers to crew the Rose of Hungerford and carry out other activities for the Trust. The Rose of Hungerford is run, crewed and maintained entirely by volunteers. As the boat is a registered passenger vessel there is a formal structure to training and qualification of crew. The main crew roles on the boat are as follows;
• Boat master (the boat “captain”)
• Helm person (drives the boat)
• Outside crew member (helps the Helm manage the movement of the boat)
• Inside crew member (looks after passengers and serves in the galley)
• Locker (operates the locks)
All new crew, regardless of previous experience, are required to undergo an induction and attend a half day hands on safety training session. Following this the volunteer can act as a crew member. Continuous further training is provided and volunteers can qualify as a Helm. Training is also provided for aspiring Boat masters which leads to examination and qualification by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
There are a lot of other roles involved in running and maintaining the boat so a wide range of skills and experience is needed.
Volunteering is a great opportunity to meet 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.
If you are interested in volunteering please contact Tony Hill, the New Volunteer Coordinator who you can contact by phone on 01793 534148 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be happy to show you round the boat or to take you on one of our trips so that you can see what we do and what it’s like to be a crew volunteer on the Rose of Hungerford. If you are interested in this, please let Tony know.