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The Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust can offer opportunities for your staff to help us in our aim of rebuilding two canals which will benefit the whole community and give you the opportunity to give something back to the community and make a real impact.


Book a team volunteering day which will have a real impact and is also great fun, learn new skills and get out in the fresh air. 

A day working with us can:
• Boost employee morale 
• Offer an opportunity for team building
• Contribute to professional and personal development.

We can run team days throughout the year at several locations near Lichfield, for groups of up to 15 people. (If your team is bigger than 15 we can discuss options with you.)


Your team could take on a range of rewarding tasks, either as a one-off opportunity or as part of a sustained campaign. They could be involved in different tasks and they don’t need any previous experience:

  • Building towpaths
  • Preparing for, and laying, concrete
  • Reclaiming original bricks and materials for re-use
  • Clearing vegetation
  • Planting schemes (seasonal)                             

A typical corporate volunteer day on the Heritage Towpath Trail could lay between 25 and 35 metres of towpath. The material cost to the Trust for this day of volunteering is around £500, excluding the cost of any plant we may use.  We don't make a charge for corporate volunteering days, but any donation would be appreciated.


A variety of tasks can be undertaken. For instance, at Summerhill over 1Km. of towpath has been laid almost entirely by  our Corporate Volunteers. We are greatly indebted to teams from Amey,  British Telecom,  E.ON, IMI Precision Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover, Police Mutual,  Walton Homes and others.


"We all arrived at Lichfield for 8.30 and it was raining heavy and continued through most of the day. But this did not put the team off with the challenge ahead. We all pulled together as a team and did an amazing job of 75 yards of new towpath by the time we finished. 

We all left feeling very proud as JLR employees that did an amazing job towards a worthy cause. With the feedback from the team we would like to return in the future for another Community Project Day at the Canal and see the progress other companies including JLR Departments have made. Hopefully our next visit will be in better weather conditions. Peter Buck & David Hancock arranged the day well with the work that was required."   -  Satty Pensar Jaguar Land Rover

“We set ourselves a challenging task, and in order to complete it, colleagues based in different offices had to come together for a day and use skills not often seen in our day jobs.”  -  Mary Jackson  E.ON

"A total of 10 of us took part and I learned how much the canal meant to people around the office as they told me personal stories of their families involvement in the canal restoration. A further 3 people provided breakfast, tea, coffee and cake to power us on to lay 45m of towpath in blazing sunshine. We even got to try out the “whacker” machine. Since then, some of the team re-united to take part in the Trust’s annual quiz managing a respectable finish and we have agreed to spend another day restoring with them. It has given us all tremendous pleasure to work together to leave a lasting legacy for the local community.”   -   Louise Parker  Police Mutual


Tell us what you can do and we’ll tell you how you can help,  just fill in the form below and we’ll be in touch. We’d love to have your help.

Christine Howles - Volunteer Coordinator


Take a more long-lasting step and show your commitment to the environment and your local community by becoming a corporate member.

Our membership programme works on a sliding scale from small local groups and societies to large companies. We can discuss how to get the best out your membership with you and how we can work together.

 Contact: Christine Howles Volunteer Coordinator


If you can’t get out of the office, why not organise some fun activities at work?

Easy fundraising can start from dress down days and cake sales, recycling old stamps and gadgets, to your own ideas for events to challenge your employees. You might consider choosing us as your charity of the year and continuing your fundraising over 12 months.

You can collect cash or you could set up a fundraising page on Virgin Money Giving to share your target and progress? 

Let us know your plans and we’ll help publicise your events and achievements.  

Contact:  Christine Howles  Volunteer Coordinator



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