A TEAM of volunteers are needed to help youngsters explore the waterways around a North-East landmark.

The Canal and River Trust, the charity that looks after 2,000 miles of the nation’s waterways, is looking for people to help their education team bring the area around the Tees Barrage, in Stockton, to life.

Volunteers will help the Trust’s education team, known as Explorers, to develop new, interactive and curriculum-related resources for local primary schools, Scout and Brownie groups to use during trips to the venue.

They will also host learning sessions with pupils and teachers, helping youngsters learn about their local environment, from the history of the River Tees and the construction of the Tees Barrage, to its importance in preventing flooding and enhancing life within and by the water.

Claire Cavendish, education co-ordinator at the Trust, said: “We’re looking for people who love working with children and feel passionate about bringing learning to life.

"Volunteers get involved in all sorts of activities, from classroom sessions exploring the area’s heritage and practical activities on water safety, to getting hands-on with wildlife, so it’s a really interesting and varied role – no two days are the same.”

The role requires a commitment of three to five days per month during school hours in term time, as well as some evening, weekend and school holiday sessions, to help deliver activities such as water safety and learning about the history of the site.

Ms Cavendish added: “Being part of the Canal & River Trust team is a lot of fun and offers all sorts of opportunities, not only for teaching and inspiring youngsters but also in making new friends, developing your skills and enjoying some fresh air."

The charity is hosting an Education Volunteer Open Morning at the Tees Barrage on Tuesday, January 9, from 10am to noon. Anyone interested in joining the volunteering team is invited to come along and find out more about the opportunities.

They will be able to meet members of the team, ask questions and explore how their experiences and interests could be applied to the role.

For more information about the Tees Barrage and the Trust’s education programme, visit www.canalrivertrust.org.uk