Join Us!

Our society’s main asset is our supporters. We need you!


As well as looking after and maintaining our collection of historic wooden canal boats. Much of our success depends upon a constant effort from our staff and volunteers to win grants, raise funds and keep our aims in the public eye.

Yes, we need money, please support Hazel, but we also need the help and spare time of ordinary people like you too. Here is an idea of what we do, if you think you can help us, or just want a closer look around then please contact us or read on.

We operate from three sites, Portland Basin Museum, The Heritage Boatyard and The WCBS shop. We train and organise our adult volunteers, who come from all walks of life.

Some volunteers like to work in our shop, others like to work outdoors maintaining the boats. Some volunteers like to boat sit overnight and others like to guide the museum’s visitors around our collection of boats during the day. Some volunteers want to learn new skills in retail shop work, van collections and PAT testing. Other volunteers want to put their existing experience and skills to work on something different because they need a new challenge. One thing is for sure, they all make new friends in the process. Invest as little or as much time as you like or just follow our activities in our newsletter.

Would you like to learn more about…

Recycling Trip, Boat Rallies, Boat Sitting, Cabin Guiding,

Boat Maintenance, Roses and Castles, Old Boat Engines,

How to navigate canal locks safely, acting as crew on a working narrowboat,

lofting wood for an existing boat, the heritage of our canal network.

Do you have skills and experience which are valuable to us? Such as:

Retail management, Health & Safety, First Aid,

Customer Service, teaching / training and  counselling others

Or are you more practical and hands on with:

Carpentry, Mechanics, Welding, Gas fitting,

Metal fabrication, Plumbing, Painting,

Photography, Video, Marketing, IT Skills and Web design

Spare time? Is this you? Why not volunteer too!

4 thoughts on “Join Us!

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