Are you passionate about fishing and want to give up your free time to support our wonderful sport? There is such a wide range of opportunities, whether it’s a ‘one off’ or more regular role, in your local community, nationally or even at home, we can help you get involved!
Without the hundreds of thousands of hours volunteers contribute every year to support angling, whether through Angling Trust activities or via a club or fishery, it just wouldn’t be possible to preserve the future of the sport we all love. Whether you want to meet people, improve skills or just give something back to fishing, volunteering is a valuable way of maintaining health and well-being – for the benefit of all!
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Find out more about the different volunteer opportunities to support our valuable work protecting fish and fishing.
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Why is Volunteering and this Guide Important?
Angling is mostly a leisure pursuit and the majority of clubs are non profit making, heavily reliant upon volunteers for essential personnel such as committee members and water bailiffs. Volunteering is essential but subject to certain legislation.
For this reason, angling organisations must be aware of the legalities and ethics involved, protecting both the organisation and volunteer. An awareness of Best Practice will better equip clubs to provide the best volunteering experience, thus showcasing angling.
Our Volunteering Best Practice Guide has been published in partnership with the Environment Agency and covers the key aspects of working with volunteers, providing advice and signposting further information. If you would like a copy please fill out the form below.
Are there any age restrictions?
There is no upper age limit but currently you are required to be 18 or over unless specified.
Will it cost me anything?
No. Volunteers should not be out of pocket as they are giving up their free time to work with us. We will therefore reimburse reasonable travel expenses, and any other expenses agreed with your manager.
Do I need to be an Angling Trust member?
We would hope that you might choose to support all our work by becoming a member, but you don’t have to be.
How much time will I need to give?
There is no specific time commitment and you are free to leave whenever you like. If others rely on you, we would just ask that you let us know in advance.
Will I be insured?
Yes. The Angling Trust has insurance cover for legal liability claims, either by or against volunteers working for the Trust, resulting in damage to property or personal injury.
What training will I get?
That depends on what you do for us, but we will provide training to ensure you are able to carry out your volunteering role.
What support will I receive?
You will be allocated a named volunteer contact who is there to support you in your role, keep you updated about what’s going on and answer any questions you might have as you go along. It is important to us that we make volunteers feel part of our team.
I have a criminal record – does that mean I am unable to volunteer?
No, a criminal record should not be an automatic bar to you volunteering with us, although it may restrict the things you are able to do. If in doubt, you may wish to request a call to discuss the matter confidentially by completing our Enquiry form.
Do you accept volunteers from outside the UK?
Yes. We are committed to equality and diversity, recognising the fresh vision and awareness those from diverse backgrounds can bring. There are no restrictions to those citizens of a European Union or EEA member state. Other countries will require a valid visa but you should always check your visa conditions to be certain of this. If you have any doubts or questions you should contact UK Visas and Immigration.
Have further questions? Please complete the Volunteering Enquiry Form and we’ll get straight back to you.