Volunteer Spotlight: Lesley, Love Your Canal

Lesley, one of our newest volunteers, is a true community champion. Meet her on our Volunteer Spotlight!

Living with her 3 year old son Rian in a place overlooking the Forth & Clyde Canal, Lesley joined our waterways adoption project in North Glasgow with a love of volunteering and a passion for helping in her local community.

On Love Your Canal, Lesley is a part of the volunteer team that enhances the heritage and environment of their local waterway, and help boats pass through the canal as volunteer lock-keepers.

We caught up with our latest recruit to find out about her experiences as a volunteer on the canal!

Tell us a little bit about yourself

My names Lesley and I’m 32. I live with my lovely 3 year old son Rian on a beautiful location in Glasgow just looking over the canal at Timber Basin Firhill. My gran painted a fabulous picture of the canal from a photograph. It was painted in the late 80’s! It has always hung on our house whilst growing up and still hangs at my mums. It’s the part of the canal that runs toward Kirky.

painting of canal near kirkintilloch

During the week I work part time as at waitress in The Corinthian Club in Glasgow City Centre which I really enjoy!

I’m also part of the Queens Cross Housing Association Community Involvement Group which entails volunteering, participation and involvement in the local activities and clubs. And recently I gained a certificated allowing me to drive the Association’s mini bus as a volunteer. My first excursion with a group was to Irvin and the weather was fantastic for it! I love 60’s music and Motown, I’ve also been practicing guitar in my spare time too.

How did you hear about Love Your Canal?

I overheard another local C.I.G member Bob Alston taking about how he was volunteering on the Maryhill Locks last year and he really enjoyed it. I was like I want in on that! So I looked on line for Love Your Canal Volunteers… and here I am 5 weeks on.

Tell us what you’ve been up to so far?

So far it’s been great fun, we have done litter picks and painting, everyone gets along really well and we have a great bond! Lewis helped me do some pointing which is basically filling in the joints of brick work on the edge of the canal. It was hard work but looks really well maintained now.

What would you say to anyone thinking about volunteering?

I recommend volunteering all the time to family and friends. It’s the motivation and the people you meet through it. I just love utilizing my time! I go there with a smile and leave with an even bigger one. Alan always supplies a great selection of biscuits every Saturday morning too!

Get involved

If you’d like to take up a new volunteer challenge, find an opportunity near you or get in touch and see how you can join in!