General Volunteer Information
STOP PRESS. Summit work party Sunday 23rd CANCELLED

Too much water in canal and around to allow safe working, so Sunday cancelled

NEW! Mechanical Repair Person At Western Depot

We need an extra mechanical engineer to maintain, mend and re-build our engines from strimmers, bow saws, outboard engines, generators and many other smaller items. We need someone with time (Monday and/or Wednesdays) and mechanical aptitude who can be based at our ‘Western Depot’ in Eastington. Working alongside Colin Parsons who has a wealth of experience and will mentor you as a new volunteer, he will provide you with training if necessary and work alongside you to get to know the wider team.
You will be rewarded for your efforts with as much tea/coffee and biscuits as you can cope with and occasional cake. Come and join us, we have fun and the satisfaction of getting the job done!
Call in to Western Depot for a chat or call us at Western Depot on 01453 822119 or ring the office in Stroud on 01453 752568. [Posted 31/01/20]

NEW! Fundraising and Volunteers Team Meeting Notes Jan 2020

The Fundraising and Volunteers Team Meeting Notes for 15 January 2020 are available, see the CCT Fundraising Message Board [Posted 31/01/20]

NEW! CCT Health & Safety Meeting Notes 8 January 2020

A new message board has been created for Health & Safety Meeting Notes, and the notes from 8 January meeting posted [Posted 20/1/20]

NEW! Job Opportunities - Survey Team & Health & Safety

The Cotswold Canals Trust is evolving into quite a substantial business. Visitor Centres, Boat Trips, Book Shop, Trust Administration and of course Canal Restoration. All of this activity relies heavily on people, both a small number of employees and a significant pool of volunteers. It is therefore an absolute priority for the Trust that the health and safety of all involved within the Trust and the public is protected from the effects of any of our activities.

Much work on health and safety is already undertaken, but we have identified a few of areas that will require additional manpower as we continue to expand our activities. These should provide really interesting work, enabling volunteers to meet and work with people across the Trust. They also include a good balance of getting out and about with working flexibly from home.
- Health & Safety Job Description
- Survey Team Job Description

The two opportunities, that may be shared between several volunteers, are described in the Job Descriptions www.cotswoldcanals.org.uk/2020/01/17/job-opportunities-jan-2020/# where you can also find contact details to discuss or get more information. [Posted 18/1/20]

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES - Please scroll down to view full list

To view Message Boards (for items marked *) follow the "Activities and Rosters" link in the Menu.

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 or www.twitter.com/sdcvols

For recent restoration activities also see www.cotswoldcanalsrestoration.co.uk

FEBRUARY 2020
23rd Sunday - Summit Work Party at Coates from 10:00am till 4:00pm* CANCELLED
24th Monday - Operations & Dredging Managers Meeting (ODMM) at CCT Western Depot, Eastington at 3.45pm

March 2020
1st Sunday - Work Party Stonehouse-Daneway from10.00am to 3.30pm*
9th Monday - CCT Project Managers Meeting (PMM) at William Morris College, Eastington at 16:30-18.00
16th Monday - Canal Session. 'Two Hundred Years at Saul Junction', a talk by Tony Condor, 7.30 at Stroud Brewery
18th Wednesday - Eastern End meeting at the Trout Inn, Lechlade from 19:30*
22nd Sunday - Summit Work Party at Coates from 10:00am till 4:00pm*
23rd Monday - Operations & Dredging Managers Meeting (ODMM) at CCT Western Depot, Eastington at 3.45pm

April 2020
2nd Thursday - Noggin & Natter (volunteers social with short key speaker update) at Stroud Brewery 7.00pm
5th Sunday - Work Party Stonehouse-Daneway from10.00am to 3.30pm*
13th Monday - CCT Project Managers Meeting (PMM) at William Morris College, Eastington at 16:30 (tbc)
15th Wednesday - Eastern End meeting at the Trout Inn, Lechlade from 19:30*
tbc Sunday - Summit Work Party at Coates from 10:00am till 4:00pm*
27th Monday - Operations & Dredging Managers Meeting (ODMM) at CCT Western Depot, Eastington at 3.45pm

Further dates
28 May - Thursday Noggin & Natter (volunteers social with short key speaker update) at Stroud Brewery 7.00pm

INFO: CCT Ops. & Dredging Meeting Notes (ODMM)-Jan 2020

The CCT Operations & Dredging Managers Meeting (ODMM) Notes for 27 January 2020 are available to view in the CCT PMM and ODMM Meeting Notes Message Board under Activities and Rosters. [Posted 3/02/20]

INFO: Trow Packing Changes & thanks to all CCT Trow packers

The Trow will now be packed at a mailhouse in Birmingham so the Trow packing sessions will cease immediately. Diana Edwards, the Trow coordinator, would like to thank everyone who has ever been involved in making sure the Trow was delivered to all the CCT members. [Posted 10/1/20]

INFO: CCT Project Managers Meeting(PMM) & Notes

February and January PMM Meetings Cancelled due to NLHF R2 bid team working flat-out on the application
The CCT Project Managers Meeting (PMM) Notes for 9 December 2019 are available to view in the CCT PMM and ODMM Meeting Notes Message Board under Activities and Rosters. [Update 17/02/20]

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, 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 [email protected] [Updated 10/12/19]