Volunteers needed

Please think about volunteering for admin work for The Wooden Canal Boat Society Help to spread the word about the history of our boats and local heritage. Work at Portland Basin, where our boats are, or in.our shop / small office in Stamford St, both in Ashton under Lyne.


GENERAL MARKETING VOLS work to broadcast the work of the Society by contacting local organisations and businesses, ensuring that the leaflet holders in our shop and at Portland Basin are kept well stocked, liaising with Portland Basin museum staff re our displays and ensuring general maintenance of all marketing materials by working with the relevant managers.
PUBLICITY / EDUCATION VOLS are involved with arranging for our volunteers to give talks / show the public around our boats, talking about their history. We are looking for volunteers to visit local schools or societies to update them about our work and the boats’ industrial heritage
We are looking for a GRANTS VOLUNTEER to help us find funding opportunities and to write bids
THE SPONSORSHIP SECRETARY will keep the current sponsorship records 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 record of members, send out the newsletters and help with membership drives and publicity.
We are looking for someone that has some knowledge / experience of ONLINE SELLING, with websites such as EBAY.
DRIVERS are always needed for our shop deliveries and collections.

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

Find other voluntary roles at the WCBS: Do-it.org search.

Membership application form or Online application form (needs printing)

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Do you live near Ashton-under-Lyne…………..

……………….  and would you like to help us in the shop or driving our van? Our shop in Stamford Street, Ashton is very big and it has a huge range of books, records and C.D.s not to mention all the clothes, toys, furniture and bric-a-brac that are donated to us. We need volunteer van drivers and shop assistants to help our over-worked manageress. We aim to give our shop workers a range of retail experience they can take into paid work. We also welcome pensioners and those who are already rich with life experience. We offer bus-fares and lunches and can provide references for those who are job-seeking. Good atmosphere and nice people! If you’re interested please do call in or phone the manageress on 0161 330 8422 (Monday to Friday) and ask for an application. Thank you !