General Volunteer Information
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]

NEW! Noggin & Natter & Cotswold Canal Sessions

Noggin & Natter has been revived with the first session planned to be held at Stroud Brewery, Thrupp, GL5 2BY on Wednesday 22 January. This is an informal get together for volunteers to have a catch up in a social environment along with a short update from key speakers on the latest developments at the Trust. No booking required, just turn up. Arrive from 7.30pm, presentation will begin at 8.00pm.

Further on Monday 20 January at the Brewery there is a Cotswold Canal Session, 7.15 for 7.30 with a talk about aspects of the Canal. It is hoped to hold these sessions every 2 months, on the third Monday of the month. See www.cotswoldcanals.org.uk/calendar/ for these events, wildlife walks and more [Posted 10/1/20]

NEW! 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]

UPDATE! CCT Project Managers Meeting(PMM) & Notes

January PMM Meeting 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 OMM Meeting Notes Message Board under Activities and Rosters. [Update 9/01/20]

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

JANUARY 2020
20th Monday - Cotswold Canals Sessions @ Stroud Brewery 7.15 for 7.30
22nd Wednesday - Noggin & Natter @ Stroud Brewery 7.30 for 8pm www.cotswoldcanals.org.uk/calendar/
27th Monday - Operations & Dredging Managers Meeting (ODMM) at CCT Western Depot, Eastington at 3.30pm

FEBRUARY 2020
2nd Sunday - Work Party Stonehouse-Daneway from 10.00am to 3.30pm*
10th Monday - CCC Project Managers Meeting (PMM) at William Morris College, Eastington at 17:00
19th Wednesday - Eastern End meeting at the Trout Inn, Lechlade from 19:30*
23rd Sunday - Summit Work Party at Coates from 10:00am till 4:00pm*
24th Monday - Operations & Dredging Managers Meeting (ODMM) at CCT Western Depot, Eastington at 3.30pm

March 2020
1st Sunday - Work Party Stonehouse-Daneway from10.00am to 3.30pm*
9th Monday - CCC Project Managers Meeting (PMM) at William Morris College, Eastington at 17:00
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 3.30pm

INFO: CCT Ops. & Dredging Meeting Notes(ODMM)-Oct & Nov 2019

The CCT Operations & Dredging Managers Meeting (ODMM) Notes for 25 November 2019 and Notes for Meeting 28 October 2019 are available to view in the CCT PMM and ODMM Meeting Notes Message Board under Activities and Rosters. {The October notes were only published 27/11 after agreement by meeting in following month (November)} [Updated 2/12/19]

INFO: Lodgemore Bridge Closure

Lodgemore Bridge has become increasingly difficult to operate on 20/08/19, proved extremely difficult to close. Western Depot there took the decision to close the bridge for waterborne traffic.
WD has replaced the manual pump used to operate the bridge with an electrically operated pump. The task is moving forward but the newly installed equipment still needs thorough testing and commissioning. As well as this closure, water based traffic is and will remain restricted by the work on Dudbridge Lower Lock. Chris Clark Western Depot Manager [Update 28/10/2019]

INFO: 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]

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]