CanalAbility volunteer Mary SVolunteering with CanalAbility was a natural extension of her love of boats for Mary. She was recruited at the Ware Boat Festival where CanalAbility had a stand advertising the charity, and joined in 2015.

Mary has used her teaching experience to help deliver our Waterways Skills programme to Scouts and schoolchildren, teaching them both the practical and theoretical sides of canal boating.

She finds that volunteering with CanalAbility gives her the flexibility to get involved when she can, and fit in her volunteering around other commitments. She also enjoys the social side of being part of our team; Mary has previously organised quiz nights and card nights for other volunteers.

Mary loves going out with different groups of clients and seeing how much pleasure it brings them to spend a day on our boats. And every trip is different Mary remembers one particular day,

“One memorable trip looked like it would be hard work but it turned out to be a great trip as everyone joined in and the clients had such a fantastic time. We are always impressed by how some people manage their disabilities and by the careers who support them.”

If you are interested in getting involved and becoming part of our volunteer team, find out more here.