Go Forth & Clyde

Charity registered in Scotland SC050623

We are a group of local volunteers united by our love of the canal for the benefit of our local community and the environment. We have a small staff team, a group of dedicated volunteers, and are supported by a volunteer Board of local people too.

The canal-side provides a wealth of opportunities for visitors, families and the local community. Whether you are interested in boating, walking, cycling, foraging, volunteering, culture, or arts and heritage, there is a way to get involved in fun and meaningful activities on offer by the canal.

What we do:

Volunteering opportunities – We aim to get people engaged with the life of the canal, from locals to visitors. We engage volunteers through who have the opportunity to learn new skills, increase teamwork skills, do meaningful, environmentally friendly work outdoors, as well as through our developing Repair Shop community workshop (news updates on that soon!). Lock-keepers meet boaters from across the world, and everyone can meet new people from their own community and learn about the history and heritage of the canal.

Events and activities – We run events to celebrate the canal as a resource and provide entertainment and activities locally, and we are always looking out for new ideas and connections.

Day boat hire – We are the proud caretakers of the ‘Jaggy Thistle’, a cosy 32 foot self-drive canal boat that carries up to 8 passengers, suitable for all ages and comes completely equipped with facilities to cook food and prepare drinks, and an on board toilet. Her hire season runs from March to October.

Lock-keeping – We provide lock-keeping services along the canal and you will see our volunteers operating the locks and cycling along the tow paths. Wave or say hello, they will be happy to see you and talk to you about their work. If you are interested in volunteering, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Current opportunities

Are you enthusiastic about making or repairing skills? Would you like a chance to pass on your skills to the community in this exciting new project? Do you have skills you would like to learn or develop? The @16 Repair Shed at Lock 16 will be developing training and groups in making and fixing all sorts of things. What would you like to fix? We are looking for volunteers who would like to help others learn new skills, it might be that you are just starting yourself with something and would like to learn more or there might be something you've been doing for years and would like to show others. This is a brand new project so there is room for you to contribute towards new ideas and forming new groups. Some activities we currently have are:: - Bike repair and maintenance - Wood working and making things with recycled wood - DIY and using tools safely - Boat maintenance - Crafts eg. crochet knitting Other activities we would like to offer are: - Small items repair - Rope work and knots (for boaters and others) - Clothing repair and using a sewing machine - Pyrography (wood burning for decoration) - Photography - Gardening - IT help There is room for more! Training will be given.

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. Go Forth and Clyde volunteers assist 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 Go Forth and Clyde 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.