Go Forth & Clyde

Charity registered in Scotland SC035342

Re-Union Canal Boats is a social enterprise based on and around Edinburgh’s Union Canal. We built and launched our first pilot boat in 2004 which was replaced by our widebeam canal boat in June 2008.

Re-Union offer training and support to a wide range of volunteers in crewing (RYA) first aid, hospitality, health and hygiene and a variety of other courses that are identified and driven by the volunteers needs and requests.

We engage meaningfully with canalside communities from Edinburgh Quay to Wester Hailes through a variety of projects including canoe building, supporting the development of a canoe club, orchard planting which is now growing into a healthy eating garden project and co-ordinating community consultations and the Edinburgh Canal Festival.

Re-Union bring people together to develop their skills, learn from one another and realise their potential whilst maintaining and promoting the canal as a remarkable asset for the community.

Current opportunities

A fantastic opportunity to join our exciting lock keeping project and experience the 'canal magic' for yourself. As a member of our enthusiastic team of volunteers you will be working in the unique setting of the Forth and Clyde Canal and around famous landmarks such as the Falkirk Wheel and The Kelpies. Working with our volunteer lock keeping team based at Lock 16 in Camelon, the role will involve assisting with boat movements on the Forth and Clyde Canal between Lock 3 at the Kelpies and Lock 20 near Banknock. Re-Union assists with every boat movement between these locks 7 days per week during the lock keeping season, so there is ample opportunity to get involved. Volunteers can use their own bicycles to travel between the locks, and Re-Union also provides bicycles for volunteers to use whilst on lock keeping duty. The required tools, life jackets and hi-vis clothing will also be provided.

Volunteer trustees/directors are being recruited as part of our new Go Forth & Clyde board. If you have a passion for the Forth and Clyde Canal and seeing it used to benefit local communities, we’d like to hear from you. It’s a great opportunity to get involved in making more of the canal whether your interest is in boats, canals, locks, and their rich heritage or in the people and environment that can bring life to the waterway and its surroundings, and reap the benefits. The board has responsibility for leading the strategic direction of this new organisation and for ensuring the governance and legal obligations to OSCR and Companies House are met.