General Volunteer Information
This SUNDAY! Scythe Training-Summit Work Party-21 July 2019

We are holding a scythe training session (the upright large scythes) as part of the next work party on Sunday 21st July from 10 am, with a qualified instructor coming to teach us how to fit and use a scythe. Please let me know if you would like to take part in the training session, as the instructor needs to know numbers asap. Karen at shawk30@gmail.com. Training is optional-plenty of other tasks to get on with. [Updated 17/07/19]

NEW! SAFETY: Correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

It has become apparent that the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while working on the canal is not always being used. This is particularly highlighted as pictures keep appearing on blogs and the web-site showing that our own policies are not being followed.

Some elements of PPE are fundamental controls in most of our risk assessments and includes, as appropriate: eye protection, hard hats, life jackets, high vis, gloves etc. If they are then not being used the risk assessment is undermined. So if you are working anywhere on one of our projects please (for your sake and that of the project overall) wear the required PPE. If you are a supervisor please make sure that all in your team are aware of the PPE requirements and are complying.

Within the new CCT Safety Management System there is a requirement to undertake audits against the risk assessments we perform when planning a project. These will be commencing in the next few months and it would be encouraging to find that we are in good shape when considering the use of PPE. Best regards, Laurence Bryant. [Posted 19/07/19]

NEW! Towpath Survey Volunteers for Cotswold Canals Connected

For the next canal restoration bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund a survey of towpath users during August is required. The dates are Thursday 1 August, Thursday 8 August, Saturday 17 August and Monday 26 August (Bank Holiday). We would like to survey at 5 locations - Ebley Mill, Stanley Downton Bridge in Stonehouse, The Ocean, Pike Lock near Eastington and Saul Junction. Ideally we work in teams of 3 people, on a morning or afternoon shift.

There will be 2 sorts of survey. (1) Observation - this will involve counting people and recording whether they are walking, cycling or running. (2) Opinion - there will be a large interactive board at each location, and people will be asked to look at the board and answer questions, by adding coloured self adhesive dots to different panels on the boards.

If you could help out on any of the days listed please let me know as soon as possible. Val Kirby at valgkirby@gmail.com or 01453 753762 or 07969 789938 [posted 15/07/19]

NEW! Volunteers wanted to join our bank work boat team

We’re looking for volunteers to help keep our canal banks nice and tidy. Experience isn’t needed, and boating along the canal is included (you don’t need to drive the boat either–unless you want to, of course!).

Our workboat Wookey Hole is now fully back in operation. She has a new engine, has a few modifications completed, and is now back at work. We would love you to join her. She usually works Mondays and Wednesday, and we’d like to do more. She helps keep the banks and canal surrounds neat and tidy – strimming, hedge cutting, clearing and tidying, plus occasional other works. Whatever you can do to help would be very welcome, as there is plenty to do. No experience or training is needed, but training is provided for strimmers, hedge cutters, brush cutters and similar, should you wish to use them.

The friendly crew meet at Western Depot at 9:00: they are happy for you to join them there, and transport can usually be provided to the boat. Alternatively, you could join at the boat before about 9:30. The crew would particularly appreciate help on Mondays, but please don’t let that put you off coming along on Wednesdays instead (or as well)! Please contact Dave or Myron for more info. Dave:01453 872760; dave.irving@cotswoldcanals.com, Myron:01453 860570; myron@hamshill.co.uk [Posted 14/07/19]

NEW! CCT Project Managers Meeting (PMM) Notes - July 2019

The CCT Project Managers Meeting (PMM) Notes for July 2019 are available to view in the CCT PMM and OMM Meeting Notes Message Board under Activities and Rosters. [Posted 10/07/19]

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES - Please scroll down to view full list

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Mondays & Wednesdays from 08:30: Maintenance Activity at Western Depot*
Mondays from 09:30: Eastern End Towpath Maintenance*
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 08:30: Maintenance Activity at Eastern Depot*
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10:00: Volunteer sessions aimed at people new to volunteering; meet at Bell House Wallbridge. CCT members also welcome. See www.facebook.com/SdcCanalVolunteers

JULY
21st Sunday - Summit Work Party (& Scythe Training) at Coates from 10:00am till 4:00pm*
29th Monday - Operations & Dredging Managers Meeting (ODMM) at Brimscombe Port Unit 1 at 4.30pm

AUGUST
4th Sunday - Work Party Stonehouse-Daneway from 9.30am to 3.30pm*
11th Sunday - Summit Work Party at Coates from 10:00am till 4:00pm*
12th Monday - CCC Project Managers Meeting (PMM) at William Morris College, Eastington @ 17:00
21st Wednesday - Eastern End meeting at the Trout Inn, Lechlade from 19:30*
27th Tuesday - Operations & Dredging Managers Meeting (ODMM) venue/time tbc

SEPTEMBER
1st Sunday - Work Party Stonehouse-Daneway from 9.30am to 3.30pm*
9th Monday - CCC Project Managers Meeting (PMM) at William Morris College, Eastington @ 16:30
15th Sunday - Raft Race at Wallbridge Lock, Stroud 10am–2pm
18th Wednesday - Eastern End meeting at the Trout Inn, Lechlade from 19:30*
23rd Monday - Operations & Dredging Managers Meeting (ODMM) venue/time circa 5pm tbc
29th Sunday - Summit Work Party at Coates from 10:00am till 4:00pm*

NEW! Mentor Training-could you provide training?

Over recent months there have been efforts to refresh our Mentor Training scheme that is aimed at training volunteers in the use of some of our lower risk activities and equipment operation. As a next step we are seeking those volunteers who feel they are, or might be, capable of providing training in any of the following list of skills. It would be expected that to provide training the volunteer would either have significant experience in the skill or even have some formal relevant qualifications.

This first step is just to allow some initial face to face discussions so don't worry if you are not sure about your skill level or your wish to be a trainer at this stage. The initial skills we are looking for trainers for are: Tractors up to 1000Kg; Ride-on Mowers up to 1000Kg; Flail Pedestrian Mower; Fuel Bowser Trailer; Basic Tool Safety
Bowsaws, Slashers & Loppers ; Brush Cutters Hand & Wheeled Strimmers;Pedestrian Mowers; Engine driven Water pumps; Pressure washers; Tirfor winches; Machine Shop-Workshop hand tools; Machine Shop-Gas welding; Machine Shop-Electric welding; Machine Shop-Pedestal drills; Machine Shop-Workshop machine tools; Machine Shop-Woodwork machine tools; Bonfires; Ladders; Sickle Bar Mower-Grillo GF2; Woodworking Shop-Planer; Brickwork Chasing Tool; Pole Pruner; Log Splitter; Stump Grinder

It maybe possible to group some of these skills into one training event, but I will need some advice from potential trainers on this. Please respond to Laurence Bryant at lapley.cottage@gmail.com.[Posted 22/06/19]

INFO: CCT Operations & Dredging Meeting Note(O&DM)-June 2019

The CCT Operations & Dredging Managers Meeting (O&DM) Notes for June 2019 are available to view in the CCT PMM and OMM Meeting Notes Message Board under Activities and Rosters. This was the first meeting combining Operations & Dredging [Posted 27/06/19]

INFO: Bookshop Volunteers Required - especially in summer

The CCT Bookshop at Brimscombe needs more volunteers, particularly during the summer, on Tuesday afternoons and Saturdays. The usual shifts are 10am to 1pm and 1pm to 4pm. If you can help please contact Alan or Anna Watts on 07976617983 [Posted 19/06/19]

INFO: Data Protection Policy

Our Data Protection Policy 2018 is available to view on SafetyNet. The Cotswold Canals Trust is committed to continual improvement of our data management procedures to protect the privacy of those we work with and those that support us. This responsibility applies to all persons within the organisation that process personal data, under the guidance of CCT's Data Protection Group.
But don't forget, as volunteers, your data matters too! You can find out more information on your personal rights from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) here - https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/
The Data Protection Group currently meets quarterly and comprises: Lisa Mant, Shelley Anderson, Aimee-Louise Malcolm, a Connect representative and an IT representative.
If you have any questions about how we handle personal data, or suggestions for improving our procedures, then please contact Lisa on mail@cotswoldcanals.com [Updated 14/06/19]