Opportunity for people in south Lincolnshire to use free time well

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Make time off work more rewarding by volunteering to help at one of 27 canal repair camps.

Make your time off work more hands on and help save Britain’s industrial heritage!

Do you sit at your desk all day, dreaming of a week in the beautiful British countryside? Are you trying to add something unusual to make your CV stand out from the rest? Fed up of beach holidays and looking for a cheap, fun holiday doing something completely different? Or are you looking to learn new skills and make new friends?

WRG (Waterways Recovery Group) has 27 canal camps planned this year with no two canal work sites being the same. This summer they will be travelling throughout England and Wales offering volunteers the chance to rebuild bridges on the Ashby Canal, restore a lock on the Stover Canal, or improve towpaths on the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation, and many others.

Volunteering with WRG is a great experience for anyone who loves being outdoors and enjoys meeting people from different backgrounds and of different ages (18+). WRG offers volunteers a fantastic chance to learn new skills such as bricklaying; stone walling; machine operation and restoration techniques. Each week costs £56 which pays for your food and accommodation. Volunteers need no previous experience; all they require is a willingness to get involved and a good sense of fun.

An award-winning local museum urgently needs a key member of the team.

Can you take accurate minutes at meetings? Do you have a little free time on your hands? A volunteer secretary is urgently required for Chain Bridge Forge Museum in Spalding. The role will be to ensure that minutes are accurately recorded at the directors’ meetings and the annual AGM. There will also be a need to manage the database and ensure formal communications are distributed.

This is a part-time role of two hours per week either on a Wednesday or Friday morning with the occasional directors’ meetings at other times and there is the ability to complete some tasks from home.

Could you become a Befriender (Home Visiting) for people at the end of their life?

Sue Ryder’s Thorpe Hall Hospice helps people from all over Lincolnshire and they have a new home-visiting role available for Befrienders. Could you offer regular home visits to people at the end of their lives and their carers, if present, who may otherwise be isolated? Visits will be as local to the volunteer as possible, hours are flexible and the ideal is for each volunteer to commit to one befriending visit per week at a regular time, usually for a two to three hours, although it is possible for Befrienders to support more than one person at a time depending on the hours they have available.

If you feel that you could help Sue Ryder, Chain Bridge Forge Museum, Waterways Recovery Group or any of over 200 different volunteering opportunities available in the South Holland area, please contact us on 01775 718008 or email us at spalding.v@lincolnshirecvs.org.uk and we will be more than happy to help you.