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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES on the WEY & ARUN CANAL

The Wey & Arun canal attracts a huge variety of people, from all walks of life. Bank managers, farmers, pilots, solicitors, fitters, delivery drivers, plumbers – they all have a role to play in restoring this canal. But they all have enthusiasm for the project in common and wish to make a contribution. Can you help us?

Project Planning & Administration

We are looking for volunteers to help with the administration of WACT. Before a spade can be struck into the soil, a lot of background preparation needs to be done – and someone needs to do it. Can you help?

Please contact WACT Surrey Office on 01483 505566 or support@weyandarun.co.uk to talk through any of the vacancies listed below and what they would involve. This is a tremendous opportunity for you to get involved in and contribute significantly to the success of this award winning canal restoration project.

  • Milestone Club – to include adding new members, incorporating localgiving.com donors to the list from latest appeal. Organisation of special events for the members and annual newsletter.
  • Localgiving and CAF donations – putting together a list of donors and any special requests, thank you emails, notifying/reconciling with accounts team (format to be agreed)
  • Wey & Arun Canal News. Produced twice a year for local authority contacts and landowners. News summary to be put together and sent to printers, arranging distribution via existing channels. Updating mailing list.
  • Wey-South Magazine – our quarterly newsletter is produced in-house but takes a lot of time to put together. Help writing articles (InDesign experience of great benefit) otherwise assisting in selecting photos and writing captions. Taking photos on news assignments as the editor can’t reach every site all the time.
  • Content manager for the website. Our website needs to be constantly reviewed and updated with news, including correcting any errors that have been overlooked. Updates needed and/or notify the page authors and suggest new content.
  • IT Assistant – administer all our email accounts and look after the software contracts and Data Protection matters.
  • IT Developer - help to develop and maintain the website and associated databases; experience of programming required, ideally in PHP and/or JavaScript.
  • Admin assistant to Projects – generally support site managers who are struggling to keep us with the pace of restoration. This could include on on-site role to take deliveries, deal with the paperwork and insurance items.
  • Index of Land Registry titles that we hold, keep landowner information and details up to date, updating our complimentary newsletter mailing lists.
  • GIS Liaison (GIS – General Information System). Collate surveys (ecological, surveying, water level information, etc.) and cross reference the details. To be placed on our archive system and find out where the gaps are.
  • PR/Press – write press releases, update our posters when needed and arrange distribution. Help source and/or write items for Wey-South Magazine to reduce editor’s workload.
  • Publications – update various leaflets including “Introducing Wey & Arun” and appeals leaflets, GA forms, history leaflet. Source new leaflets (both for printing and website). Arranging the printing and reprinting of our leaflets through our printer. Check content of other leaflets so that the restoration section is updated regularly with progress.
  • Canal Completion Strategy Group (CCSG). This is a group of local authority, wildlife trusts and other bodies that meet once or twice a year for an update. Currently our Hon. Secretary does all the admin in putting together the meeting date (booking venue, deciding where to hold the meeting, emailing everyone with a reminder of the date and agenda). Includes making sure our contact list is correct and co-ordinating the mailings. Tony Tyrrell now has a lot of other jobs on his desk and would appreciate handing this one over to someone.
  • Special events – we need someone who is a good organiser. The task includes booking hall, catering, PA system, sending out VIP invitations and being on hand during the day to oversee the event such as official openings, special visitors.
  • Insurance manager. This is becoming a very important and time-consuming task, not only dealing with the various policy renewals but also checking that everything is correct and insurers informed.

Most of these tasks can be done from home providing you have email and possibly a printer. Help will be given to get you started, but we are looking for volunteers to be able to take on the briefing and do the job with little day-to-day supervision. This will relieve the workload of some of our directors, who in turn can get on with their job which is expanding all the time. We would be grateful for all offers of help. If we can use volunteers then this will, of course, reduce our paid staffing levels so more money goes into canal restoration. It’s as simple as that.

Sally Schupke

Chairman

The Wey & Arun Canal Trust

Publicity

You may have seen our noticeboards, leaflets all along the canal route. This is only a very small part publicity plays in promoting and fundraising for the restoration work. We need help with designing our publications and walks leaflets as well as manning our stands at outdoor events and mobile display vehicle which flies the flag at such major events as Surrey County Show, Wings & Wheels and Cranleigh show.

If you think you can help, please contact WACT Surrey Office on 01483 505566 support@weyandarun.co.uk

Canal Centre

If you enjoy meeting and talking to people, there is an excellent opportunity for you to join our group of canal centre volunteers. Your role would cover the issuing of boat passes, entering the passengers name on a trip sheet, taking money and putting it through the till, sale of merchandise, canoe licences, answering the phone and generally interacting with the public, talking about the canal, its history, our restoration programme and the locality, etc. In house training will be provided.

Please contact Lyn Nash, 01403 752046 or lynisnash@btinternet.com

Engineering & Technical

Want to use your expertise and engineering skills? Perhaps you have just retired and feel that the time is now right to be one of our volunteers? Project planning, surveys and building consent can take up to three years before the work can begin. We are always on the lookout for people who can speed up the process by giving us help in this area. If you have worked in the construction or water-based industries then your experience would be particularly relevant to our current projects.

Please contact Sally Schupke on 01483 505566 (sas@weyandarun.co.uk) to discuss further.