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Explorers Education Volunteer

Organisation role · 20–30 hrs/month
Flexible location
TeachingYouth work
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Canal & River Trust
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We are looking for volunteers who enjoy working with children to assist with our Explorers education workshops in Gloucestershire.

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What's involved?


We are looking for volunteers who enjoy working with children to assist with our Explorers education workshops in Gloucestershire. The workshops and activities take place at the National Waterways Museum Gloucester, Gloucester Docks, in local schools, at Saul Junction and occasionally at local waterside events. We are looking for people who can volunteer flexibly and respond to school and informal group requests as required and who can commit to at least 3 or 4 days a month. We try and give you at least 2 weeks notice of a visit. Sometimes several sessions will take place in one school or at the Museum in a day, normally from about 9:30am – 2.30pm.


What's in it for you?


We give you full training and provide resources for leading groups of children through a number of training days and team meetings. You will have the support of a Skills & Learning Coordinator, as well as the other volunteers in your team. We reimburse you for all travel costs.


What skills are we looking for?


For roles working with children we are looking for volunteers who have:

  • Previous experience of working with young children or a strong desire to gain experience in this area.
  • The desire to work in a variety of environments, including outdoors.
  • The confidence to talk to, and lead workshops with groups of children.
  • The ability to enthuse young people through talks and activities.
  • The ability to volunteer flexibly.


This role involves regulated activity with children and adults at risk, as defined by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. Therefore, an Enhanced Criminal Record check will be undertaken and references will be sought. A criminal record is not always a bar to volunteering with us.

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What we will provide to volunteers

💸 Reimbursement of costs🤝 Extra support
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About Canal & River Trust


Canals need many hands to look after them and by volunteering with us you can help make even more miles of canal blue, green and better.

Volunteering is a great way to get active and meet new people, all against the backdrop of our country's stunning canals and rivers. With your help we can help wildlife thrive, and people can find health, happiness and wellbeing on their doorstep.

No other charity brings so much free, open, and accessible blue and green space to the doorstep of so many. With your support, we can continue our work. Our vision is to have living waterways that transform places and enrich lives.

We care for a 2,000-mile-long, 200-year-old, network of canals, rivers, reservoirs and docks because we believe that life is better by water. We provide a space where people can feel happier and healthier, nature is recovering and history is alive. A space for boating, angling, cycling, walking, paddling or just watching the world drift by. Our research shows that spending time by water, whether it be your lunchbreak, daily commute or just a weekend stroll, really can make us feel happier and healthier.

That’s why, here at the Trust, we're working with volunteers and communities across England and Wales to transform canals and rivers into spaces where local people want to spend time and feel better. We know this will bring wellbeing opportunities to millions.