© June Splitt
A little of your time could make a huge difference to us. From crewing to boatbuilding to welcoming visitors on board, we have a wealth of opportunities for you to get involved with our wherries. Read on for details of roles and current training dates.
Volunteer with us
As a charity we rely on volunteers to achieve our aims, and we welcome assistance in all areas. Becoming actively involved with WYC is a fantastic way to learn more about the wherries, meet other supporters, brush up old skills or learn new ones. We have roles to suit various strengths and abilities, and whether you work behind the scenes or share your enthusiasm with the public at our events, you're part of the team that helps to keep our fleet sailing and bring in much-needed support.
Full training is of course given and experience is welcome but not necessary. We positively welcome young volunteers, but anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult both during training and while volunteering.
Opportunities include the following:
Crewing and skippering - from winching the sail and quanting to preparing the boat before and after a trip, and even making a round of hot drinks, as crew you allow our passengers to simply relax and enjoy a safe and comfortable sailing. Although this is one of our more physical volunteer roles, crewing on a wherry yacht is not usually an arduous task. Mid-season training will be listed here when arranged. Enquiries are welcome from non-members as well as members and previous crew of any or no experience, and crew training would be the starting point for potential skippers as well as crew - please contact us for full details of the sessions.
Maintenance and restoration - our volunteer team at the wherry base in Wroxham takes care of routine tasks such as painting and varnishing, repairs large and small to wood, metal and canvas, and maintenance of the interior fixtures and fittings. They also look after the base facilities themselves. In all cases, no experience is necessary and tasks will be allocated according to your ability. Our regular work days are currently during the week, but we are keen to recruit a volunteer coordinator who can organise monthly weekend work parties. Our next 'open' boat and base volunteer days are being organised at present. All you need to bring is work clothing and a packed lunch, and we'll provide tea and coffee and any tools and materials needed. You must contact us to register - this is essential to ensure we have enough tasks and equipment for everyone.
Viewing guides and events volunteers - these tasks are less physical but certainly no less important. We strive to offer a friendly welcome to visitors on board our wherries or at an on-shore event, and to be able to answer questions and recruit new supporters; no experience is needed for this role. Volunteers also assist with educational activities (experience and current background checks are desirable). Training and support materials are given to help you settle in to the role, and you will learn more from experienced colleagues as you go. Please contact us if you are interested and we will invite you to join experienced volunteers on a scheduled viewing.
Administration - none of our activities could take place without significant input behind the scenes. Planning the details of sailings and events, taking bookings, organising volunteer duties, and communicating with customers, volunteers and outside organisations are just some of the essential tasks we carry out. No experience is necessary, just time and good general communication and organisation skills.
Professional skills - if you are willing to give us the benefit of your experience in marketing, publicity, feature writing, accounts, web or graphic design, photography or any other areas that can help our work, we'd love to hear from you.