Volunteers’ Week

1-7th June is Volunteers’ Week and here at the Wooden Canal Boat Society we’d like to say a huge

THANK YOU           Vielen Dank         Ευχαριστώ                      Aitäh                      Dziękuję Ci

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            to all our volunteers, past and present. We couldn’t do it without you.

BUT (oh, there’s always a ‘but’ !!) we really need more of you to join our team. Our shop is always in need of good, reliable drivers and our management team in need of people to do the admin work to back up everyone else. So if you’ve any experience or skills in any kind of admin from basic stuff like keeping records to managing volunteers, fundraising or finance work please do get in touch.

If you email general@wcbs.org.uk your email will be replied to immediately.

Thanks again……

Society Gets Mention on Local Radio

The society had a helpful mention on local radio last Friday (May 19th).

Heather, from North Manchester FM 106.6 Community Radio Station, was highlighting voluntary work on her Friendly Friday show at 10am. She had asked, via Twitter, if any voluntary organisation wanted a shout out during the show, to which I replied with some links to the society’s web pages.

The show mentioned us at the 44 minute mark and listed a number of the volunteering opportunities the society has, noting the variety of roles.

You can listen to the episode here and even move the slider along to before the 44 minute mark to listen just to the relevant conversation.

Historic Narrowboat Skipper & Crew – Volunteers Wanted

This is an opportunity to work with the Hazel project, which uses a 100-year old wooden boat as a resource, to promote wellbeing in general and provide respite and short escapes for people experiencing mental health difficulties.

Learning boating skills and boatcraft opens up a whole friendly world of other boaters and empowers you to explore Britain’s fantastic network of historic waterways. Being on a boat changes your perspective from the everyday. It’s a slower pace and closer to the outdoors.

Crew might be steering the boat, paying attention to the engine, welcoming people on board, giving instructions to passengers or telling them about the canal, tying up, loading and casting off and calmly carrying out emergency procedures, if they are ever needed.

The Skipper is in overall charge, so they need to understand how to do all these things and coordinate the rest of crew to make sure they are done safely. The Skipper also needs to take care of the passengers, who may have a range of support needs. A vital part of this role is taking care of the boats and keeping them in good condition, so you need to be willing to stay and tidy up at the end of a trip.

Volunteers take trips on Hazel, a restored historic narrowboat, stopping along the way to collect donations from the local community. These are either recycled or sold in our charity shop. You will be helping keep our charity afloat (ahem), allowing us to continue conserving heritage and working with people with poor mental health. You will also be contributing to a recycling initiative, all whilst reconnecting with the outdoors.

You also need attention to detail, awareness of surroundings, understanding of hazards, communication and listening,and working with people. The role requires moderate physical fitness and the ability to keep balance and move about in small spaces and around the boat.

Experience of mental health issues is desirable but not essential; however an inclusive attitude is a must.

The most important quality we need in crew and skipper is reliability, as without them the boat cannot operate!

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Volunteer Van Driver

To drive a van and assist in the delivery and collection of stock/donated items to and from the shop. Must be reasonably fit to handle furniture and other items, reliable and friendly. Volunteer drivers will be accompanied by another volunteer to help move and position items

Clean Driving Licence, some training provided in driving the van. Reliable, friendly.

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Canal Boat Bookings Co-ordinator

For Hazel, the wellbeing boat.

Manage Hazel’s bookings, arranging cleaning between trips, meeting the customers, being a contact point for them during their stay, etc.

We are looking for someone who can manage the bookings for our canal boat, Hazel. We need some one who with a polite and friendly telephone manner that can deal with any enquiries we receive about the boat and booking of the boat.

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Online Sales Volunteer

At Wooden Canal Boat Society we sometimes sell things online that have been donated to us.

We are looking for people that have knowledge/experience with selling items online, with websites such as eBay, eBid, or using facebook or WordPress to do such.

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Administration & Finance Volunteer

The Wooden Canal Boat Society has a small office in Ashton-under-Lyne. We are looking for a Administration and Finance Volunteer that can offer us one day per week. We need some one that can help us with some general office admin and some basic finance.

We are looking for someone that can use a computer and that can help us with some basic finance tasks.

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Newsletter & Website Volunteers

NB We do have volunteers in these positions currently but we are looking for more to spread the load, particularly with our growing use of social media.

We need people to gather Society information for inclusion in our three times a year newsletters, initially to pass on to the current editor but also with a view to becoming an editor or writer for in the future.

Similarly, we want people to act as webmasters and update the website (on WordPress) on a regular basis with WCBS events, stories and photos.

There are currently also a number of different facebook pages to work with and a Twitter account to help manage.

People with writing/journalism skills, IT skills, has a working knowledge of SEO, knowledge and experience of writing for & using social media, all welcome.

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Sponsorship & Membership Secretary

The Sponsorship Secretary will keep the current sponsorship spreadsheet updated by liaising with the treasurer and membership secretary. They will also be involved in finding new sponsors especially businesses to enable us to maintain Hazel for her well-being trips.

The Membership Secretary will be help to maintain the current spreadsheet of members, send out the newsletters and help with membership drives and publicity.

We are looking for someone that can use Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. We need someone that is able to talk on the phone liaising with potential sponsors and businesses.

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