Heritage narrow boat Birdswood was built just before WW2. Now in her eighth decade, she found a new lease of life in 2013 operating public cruises from Cromford Wharf and carried over 5,000 passengers last year.
Birdswood is run by volunteers on behalf of the Friends of the Cromford Canal, a registered charity (No. 1100700) whose aim is the restoration of the historic Cromford Canal for the benefit of the general public. Aiming to build on their first season’s success, the Birdswood team are looking to expand by recruiting more team members from local communities. They’re running a recruitment open day at Cromford Wharf on Tuesday 31st March, 10am to 4pm. This will give anyone over 18, of any background and ability, an opportunity to learn more about this popular and successful tourist business, talk to volunteers and take a brief trip on the boat. No pre-booking is necessary.
Helping run Birdswood is fun, sociable and rewarding. You’ll meet new friends and learn new skills which could help you with getting a job. In return for a minimum of one day of your time each month, you’ll receive training in many aspects of passenger trip boat operations. The Birdswood managers will even write you a job reference once you’ve been with the boat for a while.
Volunteers are needed in all areas: boat crew, towpath team and swing bridge assistants, admin, maintenance and housekeeping, catering, and assisting with marketing and communications.
For further details or to arrange a free individual ‘taster’ session if you can’t make it on 31st March, call the Birdswood Boat Manager on 07552 055455 or email firstname.lastname@example.org