Canal & River Trust

National Waterways Museum

Ellesmere Port

CH65 4FW


Role and Opportunity Details (to apply for this role you must be 18+).

Water Safety Education Volunteer – Wigan

Water safety is an important part of a child’s education and delivering our Water Safety messages to as many children as possible is a priority for the Canal & River Trust.

Can you help us deliver our interactive assemblies in primary schools across Wigan?

Although volunteering will be very flexible, you’ll need to be able to give around half a day a week for delivery of assemblies.

The role involves travelling across Wigan to visit pupils in school time – there is less to do during school holidays and all travel expenses can be reimbursed.


Specific Skills Required

  • Good with people, especially children and young people and confident to speak in front of large groups of Primary school children.
  • Teaching or community engagement experience, but more importantly ability to communicate effectively with children, their teachers, families, carers and group leaders.
  • A good organiser and confident communicator.Ability to work within a team including some who are spread across the country but be happy to get on with the task on your own.
  • Ability to travel locally.
  • An understanding of safeguarding issues.
  • This role involves regulated activity with children, as defined by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. Therefore, an Enhanced Criminal Record check will be undertaken and references will be sought. A criminal record is not necessarily a bar to volunteering with us.


Benefits of Volunteering with this organisation

  • Drowning is one of the most common causes of death in children and young people.  The number of young people drowning has increased since the pandemic.  This is a vital role helping us to deliver the National Water Safety Forum’s Drowning Prevention Strategy.
  • You will be the public face of our learning programme, providing many children, young people and families with a lifesaving experience.
  • Opportunity to work with the Canal & River Trust’s education team in the delivery of our water safety learning programmes aimed at children aged 3 – 18 years.
  • We can help you gain many transferable skills for your CV and future employment as well as giving you a valuable insight into our work with children and young people around the England & Wales waterway system.
  • Training, travel expenses and volunteer uniform are provided.


Level of commitment required 

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity


Date(s) / Time(s) Required

On-going role, term time, weekdays within the school day.


Volunteer Opportunity Number

VO10248 (please make a note of this ‘VO’ number if applying for this role).