Volunteer crew needed to keep boat cruising

John Bunyan river boat PNL-160627-123122001
John Bunyan river boat PNL-160627-123122001

The team running Bedford’s Community Boat, John Bunyan, need more volunteers to keep up with demand for cruises.

Those who voluntarily crew the John Bunyan enjoy giving passengers a good time, helping the community, meeting new people, and getting out on the river. Land-based roles are also available. For details, go to www.johnbunyanboat.org/volunteer

Volunteering Director Siân Roderick said: “We are looking to expand our team both on land and on the boat. We ask volunteers to do two-to-four sessions (of between 4 and 6 hours) a month between April and October and full training is given.

“We aim for professional, friendly teamwork that’s fulfilling and fun, because it’s supportive, respectful and appreciative.”

She added: “While the boat crew are the more visible face of the John Bunyan, crucial to our success are our volunteers on land. We have opportunities to get involved in marketing, sales, cleaning, promotion, finance and maintenance, amongst other things.

“And if you fancy a water-based role, whether or not you have boating experience, we’re looking for volunteer boatmasters, helms, deck and cabin crew.

“Working and don’t think you have time to volunteer? No problem! Many of our cruises are in the evenings or at weekends and we only ask you to offer to do trips at the times that suit you.”