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.

FIND OUR FULL LIST OF POSITIONS AVAILABLE HERE…..
https://www.actiontogether.org.uk/…/search-for-opportunitie…

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.

New opportunities with us

We are now well into the first year of Hazel being in service as a well-being boat around Tameside.

This has brought us lots more work and, therefore, some opportunities. We shall soon be needing a part-time, paid, Community Boat Co-ordinator and we also need volunteer help with all the administrative work in the Society.

For volunteers who are able to help with administrative tasks we need people who have knowledge of spreadsheet maintenance to maintain our membership and sponsorship details plus who would also be able to help with the production of our regular newsletter to these people.

The paid position is as a COMMUNITY BOAT CO-ORDINATOR. An exciting role which has become available due to the success of the Lottery funded HAZEL PROJECT. The Project Manager worked within the funding to set up Hazel as a Well-being boat within Tameside and we now need a co-ordinator to carry on that work, liaising with the management team and our volunteers, to carry on Hazel’s work. DOWNLOAD DETAILS AND THE APPLICATION FORM HERE………Community Boat Co-ordinator_person specification Community Boat Co-ordinator_job description

 

You can help Hazel

HAZEL IS A WELL-BEING BOAT IN TAMESIDE

PROVIDING PEACEFUL, RESTFUL CANAL TRIPS FOR PEOPLE WITH POOR MENTAL HEALTH.

SHE HAS BEEN RENOVATED MOSTLY BY VOLUNTEERS:  HER CREW ARE ALSO VOLUNTEERS.  ONLY ONE CHIEF SKIPPER IS PAID.

BUT SHE NEEDS TO BE KEPT IN TIP-TOP CONDITION.

* * *  Y O U  C A N  H E L P  * * *

B E C O M E  A  S P O N S O R

PAY £28 FOR ONE DAY’S SPONSORSHIP EVERY YEAR –

CELEBRATE A SPECIAL DAY FOR YOURSELF OR FRIEND AND KNOW THAT IT’S GOING TOWARDS HELPING OTHERS HAVE SPECIAL DAYS ON HAZEL.

NEW BANK ACCOUNT

PLEASE NOTE……..

The Wooden Canal Boat Society has changed its bank.

From now on please make all standing orders and direct debits payable to our new account –

Co-op Community Direct Plus (Business Account)

Sort Code 08 92 99   Account No.  65789829

We have made this change to avoid bank charges.

The Membership Application forms, Hazel Sponsorship forms and Standing order forms have been amended as per those attached to this post below.

.WCBS STO form 2016

Hazel sponsor form with STO-2016

Membership application form_2016

Thanks.

 

Hazel’s Service Launch

Another proud moment for the Society and all her volunteers, past and present.

Hazel is now well and truly Tameside’s Well-Being boat after being launched on her way by the Mayor of Tameside – seen below cutting the ribbon, with Ashton Boatman (aka Chris Leah) and the Mayor’s wife and mother. After the ceremony they and others went on a short trip down to near Droylsden and back, enjoying lunch on board. Mayor cuts the ribbon

The Mayor was proud to officiate especially as he had been on the committee that gave us a grant, via New Charter’s Great Neighbourhoods scheme.

You too can help Hazel on her journey; most of the folk who will benefit from her, having poor mental health, usually need funding especially for trips like the ones we offer plus, of course, Hazel will have to be kept in tip-top condition for these trips. BECOME A SPONSOR – celebrate a special day every year for just £28 p.a. and help Hazel give those less fortunate a special day on the canals. Download and complete the form below (and let us know if you can offer Gift Aid). Send, together with your cheque, to the treasurer c/o The Wooden Canal Boat Society, 173 Stamford St, Ashton under Lyne, OL6 7PS. Thank you !  If you’ve any queries, just comment on this post or email general@wcbs.org.uk.

Hazelsponsorform

 

There’s still time……………….

………….to buy that present for ”the friend who has everything”

Complete this and enrol them as a Hazel Sponsor.  Hazelsponsorform

If appropriate, please also complete a GiftAid form GiftAidDeclaration_singleformforemail

Hazel the boat is up and running, starting her Well-Being trips for folk with poor mental health. Unfortunately they don’t all get funding plus Hazel will still need long-term care to keep her in the necessary tip-top condition.

Becoming a sponsor means that, for just £28 p.a., you or the recipient will get updates via our Newsletter and the knowledge that you’re helping with Hazel’s work.

Thank you

GENERAL MEETING

We would like to invite all members to the General Meeting to be held at 7pm on Wednesday 11th October in the shop at 173 Stamford Street, Ashton under Lyne.

Please let us know if you intend to come as we need numbers for seating.

Obviously at this time the society has a great future to look forward to. Hazel has been out and about on trips with volunteers and local sponsors to test the running of the boat and give the trainee crew some ‘hands on experience’ with guests on board. She will soon commence her new role and the other boats will hopefully be able to get more attention. During talks with the Canals and Rivers Trust about moorings for Hazel several opportunities came up for us to work with them and some very new (for us) and exciting project days have been enjoyed with more to come.

We are always looking for more volunteers, members and trustees. If you are interested in enquiring about any of these roles please comment on this post, email us or come to the meeting whether currently a member or not. Thanks to all our members for your continued support and we hope to see you on the 11th.

A day out with some Lions

On Saturday 26th September Hazel left Portland Basin towed by Forgetmenot and travelled up to Marple. On board were some of her sponsors, Colin Scrivener – our newsletter editor – with his friend Angel Monroe plus three Lions ( no rendition of any song will be made here !) The latter were actually John Perkins, Terry Harding and George Tavener from Romiley and Marple district Lions club who are long standing sponsors of Hazel.

On arrival at Marple, where Hazel stayed the night before a return trip on the Sunday, the Lions made a presentation of their annual sponsorship cheque to Chris Leah and the Hazel team.Lions present their 2015 sponsor chq.Anne Louise Black, Hazel Project Manager, Nick Lowther and Dave Wilson, WCBS trustees. Lurking behind is Nigel Carpenter, a trainee crew member.

Without support from such as these, the funding for Hazel would not have had such a good start before our Lottery Grant. Going forward sponsorship is vital as many of our potential clients may not have money or funding to support their much needed trips on Hazel.

PLEASE DO CONSIDER BECOMING A SPONSOR – or, at this time of year, think of it as a present for ”the person who has everything”. Just complete this form  Hazelsponsorform  giving your preferred date and post to the address given with your cheque. If you wish to pay electronically please contact us at general@wcbs.org.uk

Many thanks.

Invitation to all Hazel Sponsors

Here’s a boat trip invite to all Hazel Sponsors

We are running a special weekend of boat trips as a big THANK YOU to all of our Hazel Sponsors for their continued support.  The Hazel team have been busy recruiting and training crew and getting the boat looking fantastic to start running Wellbeing trips later in the year.

Inside Hazel Hazel is now looking fantastic inside.

We would love to get your feedback about the trip before we go in to service fully.

Please let us know if you are able to join us on either of the following trips;

Saturday 26th September – day trip starting 10.00 from Ashton and arriving in Marple early afternoon.

Sunday 27th September – day trip starting 10.00 from Marple and arriving in Ashton early afternoon.

If you could let me know if you are interested, I will send you more details.

If you would like to bring along a plus one please let me know (numbers are limited but we will try to accommodate). Kind regards, Anne-Louise   a.black@wcbs.org.uk

Guinea Pig Boat Trips

‘What ??’ I hear you cry !!!

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Do not panic. No animals will be harmed during these trips !!

The guinea pigs will be our members, sponsors, funders and volunteers who have been invited to come along as a Thank You on one of Hazel’s first public trips. Our volunteer crew members have had their skills honed to perfection by Chris Leah, Hazel’s skipper and Hazel Mayow, Hazel’s volunteer co-ordinator, and they, plus Anne-Louise Black. Hazel’s Development Officer, have ensured that the boat has had all the tiniest snags on the snagging list de-snagged so – now it’s time.

We shall be running Hazel as a well-being boat for folk who have poor mental health so, of course, we want those trips to be relaxed and trouble-free.

Photos and reports will follow – watch this space.