Volunteer Information

What will I need?

We ask that all our volunteers bring outdoor clothing suitable for the time of year.  As a guide we would suggest; waterproof coat, waterproof trousers, walking boots or wellies, suncream and insect repellent.  We supply durable gloves for most activities and have a limited supply of waders should the activity require them.  All other tools and equipment are supplied by us. Volunteers are also asked to bring their own packed lunches and drinks although light refreshments are often provided.

Travel expenses

Generally we can’t cover volunteers’ travel expenses to and from the site.  Only in exceptional circumstances can we cover travel expenses – your Volunteer Supervisor will notify you if this is the case and provide you with an expenses form to complete.

Smile – you’re on camera!

Photos and video clips of our volunteers in action keep our publicity alive, we love to show off the exceptional contribution our volunteers make to improving our rivers.  Please be aware that by attending our volunteer events, you may appear on our website, social media, press releases, newsletters and other such publications.

Our commitment to you.

At the Ribble Rivers Trust we appreciate how our volunteers and we are committed to ensuring that your volunteering experience is a good one! We strive to ensure all our volunteers understand how the work carried out benefits the river and its wildlife understand the Ribble Rivers Trust and its objectives. All our volunteers should feel welcome, respected and valued. They will have safe working conditions and full access to relevant training to help ensure tasks are carried out safely, effectively and are match the volunteer’s abilities.  All our volunteers are insured and we will ensure there is a Volunteer Supervisor available who you are answerable to and who you can approach if you have any issues.

What we ask in return.

We ask all our volunteers to follow some guidelines that are in place for everyone’s safety and wellbeing. All our volunteers are expected to be reliable and punctual, to take note of health and safety advice and carry out the tasks your Volunteer Supervisor has instructed you to do. We also ask volunteers to respect the land you work on, follow the countryside code and take any litter home (even if it isn’t yours!) Our volunteers should be respectful, friendly and courteous toward one another and should feel able to ask the Volunteer Supervisor for help. We also ask everyone to adhere to Ribble Trust’s equality and safeguarding policies.

Equality policy

Ribble Trust endeavours to ensure that no volunteer receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, responsibility for dependants, age, belief or disability and that volunteers are selected and treated on the basis of their relevant skills and experience.  Volunteers also have an individual responsibility for complying with and promoting this policy.


Ribble Rivers Trust works to safeguard the welfare of the young people we work with by protecting them from physical, sexual, emotional harm, and neglect.  A copy of our safeguarding policy is available on request.  All Ribble Trust staff working regularly with volunteers have been checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to ensure that they are suitable to work with children and vulnerable adults.

Risk assessment

We undertake risk assessments for all volunteering activities and identify the safest ways of working.  To ensure your safety, we ask that you comply with the methods of working as set out in the risk assessment and demonstrated by your Volunteer Supervisor.  If you are unsure how to do something safely, ask your Supervisor.


Our actions should not put volunteers, staff or the public at risk.  The best practice is to prevent accidents from happening in the first place so we must look out for each other and if you see a potential hazard, warn your colleagues and report it to a Volunteer Supervisor straight away.  If an accident does occur, ensure that it is noted in the Accident Book.

First aid

All of our staff are trained to administer emergency first aid and a first aid kit is present at every volunteer event.


Volunteers are covered under the Ribble Trust’s Public Liability insurance policy providing the volunteer is undertaking an activity suitable for their ability.  Regrettably the Ribble Trust cannot cover loss or damage to your personal possessions.  Any equipment or materials necessary for your activity will be provided by Ribble Trust.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you require further clarification of the above.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance- please read

Please note that, following Government guidelines and the fact UK Chief Medical Officers have now raised the Coronavirus (COVID-19) risk to the UK from moderate to high, Ribble Rivers Trust are taking precautions, and making changes to our day to day operations.

Some Ribble Rivers Trust staff are now working from home. If you wish to speak to a specific member of staff and you know their mobile phone number or email address please contact them in this way. Otherwise please contact us in the usual way.

Volunteer event cancellations

Dear volunteers,

It is with regret that we announce that we are postponing all volunteer activity with Ribble Rivers Trust. We know there are many benefits to volunteering, including the positive boost to mental and physical health, the chance to meet others and contribute positively to your local area. However, given the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the most recent Government advice – asking everybody in the UK to stay at home and only go out for essentials such as food and medicine – we feel that continuing to include volunteers in the limited work we are able to do now would put people at unnecessary risk and be irresponsible. We all want to improve and protect our environment and rivers, but to do that we need to stay healthy and this must be our priority for the time being. We will continue to keep you up to date with the work we are able to do and will organise new volunteer days as soon as we possibly can. Please stay connected with us over the coming weeks and keep yourselves safe and well.

Refer to gov.uk/coronavirus for up to date information and guidance.

We will come through this and our environment and rivers will still need you, let’s make sure we’re all ready for it when the time comes.

Yours faithfully,

Jack Spees.