Cambridgeshire ACRE and the Environment Agency jointly led the annual training for the Anglian Waterways Volunteering Scheme last Thursday (7 April).
The Volunteering Scheme dates back to 2016 when Cambridgeshire ACRE was asked by the Environment Agency’s (EA) Anglian Waterways Team to help develop a volunteer scheme to support them in their work. Since then, we’ve recruited and trained many volunteers and our volunteer coordinator assigns them to the various tasks they perform over the summer months. These duties include assisting boaters through locks, performing basic site maintenance and undertaking mooring checks.
Twelve new Anglian Waterways volunteers took part in the training session last week, which included both theoretical and practical elements. The morning consisted of classroom-based training, including water safety, lifejacket use and tackling challenging situations. In the afternoon, volunteers visited Brampton Lock to learn the basics of lock operation and to apply the theory they had learned.
These volunteers will be assisting boaters through various locks on the River Ouse from May 2022 onwards, including those at Houghton, Godmanchester and Eaton Socon. A further nine volunteers will join these twelve over the Easter weekend, bringing this year’s volunteer total to 21.
We now have our full complement of volunteers for 2022 so applications are now closed. We’re proud to work alongside the Environment Agency to deliver this volunteer scheme every year.
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