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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Voluntary Charity Shop Staff

We are looking for volunteers who can offer a range of help in the shop. Maybe you want to get some retail experience, sort donated items, meet new people, serve customers on the till, or help with general cleaning/sorting out? We welcome people of all backgrounds and appreciate any time and help that you can offer.

We invite all new volunteers to go on one of the monthly recycling trips so they can meet the society the boats we have and learn our objectives and what we do.

We are looking for volunteers who are reliable, honest and willing to learn. Volunteers will be offered a variety of tasks:

  • Sorting donations
  • Looking at and pricing clothes, shoes, books and toys
  • Cleaning and Hoovering the shop
  • Till work
  • Serving Customers
  • Moving Items including furniture
  • Informing the manager of any health and safety issues

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Marketing and Education Volunteer

We are looking for a Marketing and Education Manager to oversee all publicity and help to produce new items as necessary.

We are looking for someone to find new areas for marketing and education to spread the word further about The Wooden Canal Boat Society’s work. If necessary, to work with our Community Boat Co-ordinator on the Hazel project and other staff and volunteers.

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Voluntary Charity Trustee

The role of a Charity Trustee is well described on the Charity Commision website. This of course is written to cover all sizes and kinds of charity, but the essential duties are described in this leaflet.

See also: The essential trustee: what you need to know, what you need to do.

We are a small, ethical, local charity set up to preserve historic wooden canal boats, their heritage and the historic skills used in their making.

We have renovated one boat fully and she is now running as Tameside’s Wellbeing boat. A Big Lottery grant was received to help renovate the well-being boat. That has now finished, together with funding for four people, so the current Council of Management are finding our time is taken up on day-to-day work.

We need new Trustees to work on the whole picture and look at ways forward, find funding, etc.

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General Marketing Volunteer

General Marketing Volunteers ensure that:
– the leaflet holders in our shop and at Portland Basin are kept well stocked
– liaise with Portland Basin museum staff re our displays
– general maintenance of all marketing materials by working with the relevant managers.

We are looking for someone that can help us keep the shop neat, tidy and well stocked with our marketing materials. We need volunteers with an eye for detail that can help us create eye catching displays.

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Do You Have Practical Engineering Knowledge?

Volunteer wanted to look after engines for the Wooden Canal Boat Society (WCBS). Practical engineering knowledge and a positive attitude essential.

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Boat Maintenance help needed

In November 2015 "Forget me Not" went on dock at Ashton Packet Boat Co to have her skeg re-fitted, bottom caulked, shoeing and ice plating renewed and propeller rfurbished ready for lots more Hazel Rejuvenated towing and recycling trips in coming years.

In November 2015 “Forget me Not” went on dock at Ashton Packet Boat Co to have her skeg re-fitted, bottom caulked, shoeing and ice plating renewed and propeller rfurbished ready for lots more Hazel Rejuvenated towing and recycling trips in coming years.

Boat fans in the Northwest, here’s a rare opportunity to practise wooden boat maintenance skills on a genuine 1930s narrowboat!

Chris Leah of the Wooden Canal Boat Society is busy doing repairs to Forget-me-not while she’s out of the water at Guide bridge (near Ashton-u-Lyne). He could do with hands to help with caulking and putting the skeg back on over the next few days, and weather permitting, tarring the sides and replacing shoeing and ice-plating next week.

All of these jobs are fairly simple to pick up, amply assisted with cuppas, and I can personally reccomend the therapeutic effects of smacking things with hammers and glooping liquid tar around. Chris requires only that you let him know in advance if you intend to come and volunteer, by calling him on 07931 952 037 at least the day before.

WANTED !

CAN YOU HELP -as a volunteer restorer, skipper, crew member, finance person or trustee?

Restoring and using historic wooden boats takes lots of time and dedication.
Our wonderful team of volunteers, under the expert guidance of Hazel our volunteer co-ordinator, are working non-stop on the last tiny details on Hazel-the-boat also Forget Me Not and Southam.

The boatyard in Stalybridge never looked so tidy, all ready for Lilith’s turn for a bit of t.l.c.

But behind all that ongoing activity is crew and skipper training sessions, a shop to run and manage, accounts to keep on top of…………………….so, if you can help at all in any way please do contact us. You don’t even have to live near Ashton under Lyne as fund-raising, membership and newsletter management and various other things can be done online on the comfort of your own settee !!

Looking forward to the emails coming flooding in……………….. or come and see us in person at the General Meeting Wed 12th Aug at 6.45 in the shop at 173 Stamford Street, Ashton. Thanks

WCBS Volunteer questionnaire

We’re always grateful for our volunteers but now we’re asking for one more thing. Here’s a call for feedback – we need it to please the Big Lottery folks who were so kind as to award us the cash to do Hazel up, so even if you have volunteered just once in the last year this 5 minute survey will really help us!

Please copy and paste the link below into your browser bar to start the survey – it should only take a few minutes to complete. If you have already filled out a paper version, there is no need to do this one. Please complete the survey before the end of July. Thanks so much

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BTMNN6P

Crew training – now’s your chance! PLEASE NOTE-CONTACT PHONE NUMBER HAS BEEN AMENDED

It is time! who wants to drive a brand spankingly refitted wooden boat then? Whilst crewing and skippering the Hazel will demand skill and responsibility, it will also be a rewarding, enriching and life-affirming experience. Sound interesting to you? then read on…

What’s involved

A Crew Member’s tasks may include loading, tying-up, casting-off and steering the boat, and attending to the horse or motor boat providing the tow(under instruction or supervision as necessary); along with welcoming passengers on board, giving them instructions, telling them about the canal and calmly carrying out emergency procedures, if they are ever needed.

The Skipper is in overall charge, so needs to understand how to do all of the above and to coordinate the rest of crew to make sure all tasks 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 candidates need to be willing to stay and tidy up at the end of a trip. You wont be alone though – the whole idea is to be part of a team of boat fans all here to help.

Both positions require moderate physical fitness and the ability to keep balance and move about in small spaces.

Why it’s awesome

Learning boating skills and boatcraft opens up a whole friendly world of other boaters and a ticket to explore Britain’s fantastic network of historic waterways. Being on a boat changes your perspective from the everyday: it happens at a slower pace and is closer to the outdoors. Moving on the water at a top speed of 4 miles per hour gives you a unique way to get close to nature, history, people and even the changing weather! Finding out you can master practical skills, and adapt to different boats and situations is very satisfying and builds confidence. The Wooden Canal Boat Society is in a unique position, offering access to truly historic vessels and a totally different kind of boating to a modern leisure cruiser; While the facilities on Hazel are bang up to date, moving her around will will introduce you to a host of old working boat skills, from vintage engines to even more old fashioned horse-power! Becoming a Crew Member lets you take on a bit more responsibility and contribute more to the running of WCBS’s lovely old boats than just being a passenger would do… though being a passenger is where we all start!

Skills needed

So, who do we need? well, you dont need any particular qualifications or to have even been on a boat before – that is what the training is there for, after all. Instead, you need common sense,  attention to detail, awareness of your surroundings, understanding of hazards, moderate dexterity and physical fitness, communication and listening skills, and the ability to work with people. And ENTHUSIAM!. Experience of mental health issues is valuable, but not essential. An open mind and a desire to include people of varying backgrounds and abilities is, however, a must!

Induction: Crew Member

In the first instance, you should come and meet us and find out more about the project. The perfect place to start is to come on a recycling trip and ride along on the boats, seeing how they work and how to be safe on them. If you enjoy the experience and come regularly you will start to learn how to do different tasks involved in crewing a boat. To become an official Crew Member you will need to come regularly, be part of the team, show competence in several tasks and develop an understanding of them all. Committed volunteers will also need to undergo the free risk assessment and first aid training that we will provide. We’d prefer if you can commit to at least a day a month, but of course if you are enjoying it you can come as often as you like!

Induction: Skipper

To become an official Skipper you need already to be an experienced and regularly-attending Crew Member. You also need to be able to carry out safely all boating tasks and explain them to others, and to demonstrate that you are able to take overall responsibility for safety and for managing crew and passengers in a clear and friendly manner. You will then need to complete a long weekend of extra safety training, and complete a certificate in Community Boat Manangement, which we can fund and support you through. Sound daunting? It doeasnt need to be – we have Big Lottery funding that will allow us to subsidise the cost and wouldnt dream of putting you through it unless you’d got plenty of practice under your belt ready to pass with flying colours. The CCBM allows you to legally be in charge of a boat carrying up to 12 people, so looks great on the CV and can come in handy elsewhere in the boating world too. As many of our passengers, staff and volunteers may have mental health conditions and/or other problems, such as physical disabilities, drug or alcohol problems or homelessness, or may be ex-offenders, you need to be open minded and non-judgemental. Training will be provided to give a basic understanding of what these issues entail, but you need to be willing to find out more and to set a good example of how to be inclusive. We’re all constanly learning how best to look after our fellow humans so you’ll be in good company and well supported there. The Skipper will also be responsible for leaving the boat clean and tidy and reporting any problems back to the Gaffer (Chris Leah)

To Find out more or to apply to volunteer, please contact Hazel Mayow on 07872073071  or hazelmwcbs@gmail.com