Volunteer or Support Us

The Hargreaves Narrowboat Trust is a charity founded over 25years ago, “to improve the quality of life for people, who by virtue of age, infirmity, physical disability, mental disorder or social factors, are disadvantaged or deprived”, and to provide them with an experience outside of their normal environment.

The trust achieves this by providing day trips for up to 12 passengers, from April to November each year, on a wheelchair friendly narrowboat.

Volunteer as a Crew Member

The charity is run exclusively by volunteers and in 2019 our committed volunteers gave over 3950 hours of their time to ensure nearly all planned trips went ahead and The Hargreaves was maintained to a high standard. The nature of the charity makes it a popular volunteering opportunity and we are always looking for new helpers, especially at weekends.

Volunteers maintain and crew the boat but you don’t need to have lots of experience to do this. We provide boating experience and training.

To volunteer to help out on a weekend, contact “info@hargreavesnarrowboat.co.uk”. Please note you will be asked to complete a volunteer form.

Volunteers are fully trained to ensure the narrowboat is operated safely and they are devoted to maintaining her so that she continues to meet all the standards and certification requirements.

Volunteer as a Trustee

What is the role of a trustee?

Trustees are people who lead the charity and make sure that it is doing what it was formed to do.  Trustees work as part of a team to:

  • Ensure that the charity has clear aims and goals and operates in the interest of its users
  • Keeps a check on the finances of the charity
  • Review policies and procedures
  • Ensure the charity is compliant with the law
  • Support each other and other volunteers at the charity
  • Act in the interests of the charity without any financial gain
  • Promote the work of the charity
  • Devote sufficient time to fulfil responsibilities

Why do people become trustees?

Being a trustee can be rewarding and enjoyable. It is a great way to be involved in a cause that matters to you. Trustees come from all walks of life and being a trustee can help you meet new people, change the community for the better, learn new skills or use your existing skills in a new context.

Need more information?

To express your interest or to ask more questions speak to one of our existing trustees.

Mike Parsons              mike@hargreavesnarrowboat.co.uk

John Herold                 john.herold@btinternet.co.uk

Sponsor a Day Trip

If you belong to a Rotary Club, Lions or similar fundraising organisation you might like to sponsor a day trip. About 15% of our trips are paid for by third parties and it is a great way for us both to fulfil our charitable objectives. For more information contact “info@hargreavesnarrowboat.co.uk”.


We are a small, local charity and receive no regular support from either the Local Authority or Government funding. Although the costs of our operation are covered by our trip charges we always welcome donations. These donations help us to keep our charges to a minimum and from time to time aid us to buy necessary equipment and training in order to enhance our work. Please contact ”info@hargreavesnarrowboat.co.uk” to discuss how best to donate.