Become a Volunteer

Do you have time to spare and energy to share?

If you have time to spare and energy to share to assist in the restoration of the Cotswold Canals then you can become a Cotswold Canals Trust Volunteer.

We have much to do and need as many hands to help as we can attract. To achieve our aims we seek a wide range of skills. Some of these are listed below.

Labouring & landscape maintenance, bricklaying, structural construction, machinery maintenance & operation, project management, team leaders, planning, legal, health & safety, financial and professional engineering advice plus general administrative duties.
We also have a need for those with human resources expertise as well as retail, public relations, marketing and presentations experience.

Camaraderie, Achievement & FunHam Mill Volunteers bordered

Since the 1970’s to the present day volunteers have undertaken many activities along the line of the Cotswold Canals.
Volunteers often speak of the new friendships, fun and sense of achievement they enjoy.
Canal work parties take place during the week and on occasional weekends.

They also comment on the benefits of ‘healthy exercise with a purpose’.
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New volunteers are always welcome!Laura Honey bordered

Volunteers Voices Video
Click here, or on the image above, to see & hear what we do

 When & Where we meet

  • Mondays & Wednesdays from 09:00
    Maintenance activity at Western Depot, Eastington near Stonehouse
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays from 09:00
    Maintenance activity at Eastern Depot, Latton near Cirencester

The activities include general labouring, precision engineering, wood working, log deliveries, painting, equipment repairs, grass cutting and a range of other canal maintenance tasks.

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10:00 -15:30
    Volunteer drop-in sessions (towpath clearance etc.) The sessions are led by Stroud District Council Team Leaders and are aimed at people new to volunteering.
    Meet at Visitor Centre – Wallbridge Lock, Stroud.

It’s not all muddy boots…

Cotswold Canals Trust volunteers staff the Visitor Centres at Saul Junction & Wallbridge Lock in Stroud. HRH & JILL


CCT Volunteers are also available to give illustrated presentations to organisations such as W.I, Probus & U3A etc.
We specialise in the history, heritage and future of the restoration.

Give the CCT Admin Team a call to find out more

Phone: +44 (0)1453 752 568

Trip Boat Operations

Volunteers also run the Trip Boats at Saul Junction, Ebley and Lechlade.saul-gateway-to-cotswolds

Give the CCT Admin Team a call to find out more

Phone: +44 (0)1453 752 568


Click here, or the icon below, to register on the Connect website, or, to view the Message Boards for each activity.

CCT Logo Connect

Connect is an online system that connects the workforce to the work to be done. Registration is easy…

  1. First, simply register your name and contact details and tick the boxes that describe your areas of interest
  2. There is space for you to describe personal skills or qualifications
  3. Next, the Connect Webmaster will contact you with further information, including details of the Activity & Team Leaders responsible for activities you have shown interest in
  4. The Team Leader will then invite you to come along to an activity or event
  5. Click here or on the icon below to complete the simple registration process. We look forward to meeting you.

Come along and join in

Volunteering with the Cotswold Canals Trust can help you to…

  • Strengthen your CV – develop your career
  • Learn new skills – develop new interests
  • Make new friends – while helping to restore & protect a wonderful waterway
  • Volunteers Working in a Professional Way
  • Check out how the Cotswold Canals Trust looks after the welfare of its volunteers and then come along and join in.

Working SAFELY is the governing principle of ALL our work.

Health & Safety General Intent Statement

This document describes the Trust’s ‘governing principle’.
Click here to view that statement

Volunteers Health & Safety Information Notes

This document deals in detail with how Health & Safety issues apply to our people and the work they do.
Click here to view that document

Waterway Recovery Group

Waterway Recovery Group had its origins in waterways restoration working during the 1960s.
It formally came into being in 1970. Its aim was to back up and assist local groups on restoration projects.

The organisation has developed considerable knowledge and experience of restoration methods and best practice in training and maintaining the continued health and safety of its volunteer members.

The Cotswold Canals Trust also began its formalised work in the 1970s. Since then our volunteers and the restoration programme have benefited enormously from the expertise and assistance provided by Waterway Recovery Group.

  • Both organisations rely upon the energy, knowledge & commitment of its volunteer members
  • Both organisations recognise the need for effective planning, reconnaissance and research

Mutual Aid

In the spirit of mutual aid & benefit CCT provided WRG with some locations and resources for the production of the WRG Health & Safety Video.
Watch the video closely; you may recognise some locations!

Research & preparation

The Cotswold Canals Trust is currently engaged in research and preparation for an ‘in house’ production of a CCT branded video based closely on the principles shown in the WRG video.

The CCT film will include an overview of the Trust’s aims, objectives and structure. It will go on to illustrate examples of the safe and effective use of personal protective equipment, hand tools and machinery used in the restoration.

CCT sought permission to use the WRG video as an interim measure whilst our programme is developed. WRG’s ready agreement provides further evidence of the spirit of mutual aid enjoyed by both organisations. We thank Waterway Recovery Group accordingly.

CCT Volunteers are asked to view the Health and Safety Video as part of their induction