Volunteering Opportunities

Current Volunteer Vacancies

Please check out our Current Opportunities post for any specific roles that we are currently looking to fill.

Our Trust only exists and functions because of the dedication of our volunteers. We welcome offers of assistance whether it be to work on the canals cleaning up rubbish, cutting back undergrowth, organising events, undertaking administrative work, helping to run our Community Trip Boats based at Goytre Wharf or assisting in looking after visitors to Fourteen Locks Canal Information Centre in Newport.

There is a whole host of roles that we need help with. Our current opportunities page gives more information about specific vacancies. If you can spare some time, please contact us using our Volunteer Registration form. You will find us a very friendly and welcoming group of canal enthusiasts.

The Canal and Countryside Volunteer Group

With “seed corn” funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, this group was set up as a partnership between the our Trust based at Fourteen Locks Canal Centre, and Newport City Council. The project has proven to be a great success.

Volunteer Litter Pick
Volunteer Litter Pick

We normally meet every Thursday, from 10am till 3.30pm, and share our time between working around the Fourteen Locks Flight of Locks and the Allt yr Yn Nature Reserve, clearing undergrowth and invasive species, maintaining paths and fences whilst creating wildlife habitats.

All are welcome to join. Please contact us to discuss how you can help. Do not feel you have to come every week or stay all day, all time is hugely appreciated and we cannot believe the difference we have already made.

Fourteen Locks Canal Centre Volunteers

View of the Fourteen Locks Shop Boat
Fourteen Locks Centre Volunteers

Our previous Future Skills Project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund enabled our Trust to kick start a programme of attracting and training volunteers to assist us in running the Fourteen Locks Canal Centre at Newport.

Volunteers have made a significant difference. On a busy day the Canal Centre needs people who are passionate about the canal, to welcome visitors and provide assistance to visitors requiring information. This can range from a simple enquiry about directions through to answering questions about the canal and its locks. Questions you will easily be able to answer following our comprehensive and enjoyable induction programme. If “front-of-house” is not your scene opportunities also exist for “back-office” administration duties.

If you are interested in volunteering check out our Current Opportunities post. Please contact us to discuss how you can help at the Centre.

Community Trips Boats Crew

Edith-Elizabeth boat
Edith-Elizabeth boat

We run a “not-for-profit” Community Trip Boats operation where any income over-and-above operating costs is reinvested into the restoration/regeneration, improvement, and education promotional initiatives for the canal. Our boats are based at Goytre Wharf, near Llanover, a tranquil rural location on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. The Wharf, located within the Brecon Beacons National Park, is well equipped with a café, toilets, car-park and large coach-parking area. We are disability aware and dementia friendly. More information can be obtained about or boats here.

You will be an ideal crew member if you enjoy meeting people, are reasonably fit, like working as part of a team, enjoy outsider pursuits, like learning new skills, and can take direction. You do not need any previous experience as all training will be given but an interest in boating and the canal would be helpful. You decide on how much or little volunteering time you can give. You will learn new skills and every trip is different.

We always welcome additional help to manage our boats. If you would like to join our friendly boat volunteer team, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Torfaen Canal Volunteer Group

Formed in September 2006, we meet one Sunday morning each month (usually the 2nd Sunday) at various locations in Cwmbran. Our main activities are litter picking, fly tip removal, vegetation control and minor woodland management. If something needs doing, and we think we can do it safely, we will have a go. Contact Hugh Woodford on 01633 862481 for more information, or complete our Volunteer Registration form.


Please check out our Current Opportunities post for any specific roles that we are currently looking to fill.

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