How can Waterways Chaplains help?

Waterways Chaplain chatting at a lock        Chaplain bringing help in snow        Waterways Chaplain talking to a cyclist in Birmingham

“Offering care and support”

The Waterways Chaplaincy offer support to those who live and use the UK’s waterways.

Chaplains are volunteers from local churches who regularly visit the waterways, offering help, companionship and a listening ear to individuals and businesses.Chaplains are interested in whomever they meet, be they boaters, cyclists, walkers, runners, anglers or canal workers.

A Boater’s Tale

‘Life was great on the boat. We were out of the rat race. Then my husband lost his job just before winter set in. We also had a new born child and problems with our heating. We were too far from Citizen’s Advice and had no money to pay for transport or fuel to heat the boat. We felt lost and alone, and our problems were compounding. We needed help.

We were so grateful for the day the Waterways Chaplain popped a card under our door. The Chaplain assisted with our immediate problems and stayed in touch with us until we were back on our feet.’

If you need practical help, a listening ear, supporting, prayer, please contact us and we will be back in touch with you very soon.

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‘Dear Chaplain, thank you so much for doing our dad proud by doing such a great service. Your words meant a lot to us. Thank you for your support, God bless, love V & B.’

Examples of help given on the waterways

Bags of coal

Trips to local Foodbank

Chaplains own food parcels

Support/ intermediary through dealings with Authorities e.g. CaRT, Local Councils, benefit claims

Help with laundry

Coffee and a chat

Calling out an engineer through our retainer account with River Canal Rescue (RCR)

Parts for a breakdown e.g. batteries

Boat blessings

Sleeping bags

Funeral Services

Administration help e.g. cruising logs, printing out claim forms, draft letters

Help with travelling to Dr’s, offices, for fuel etc


This list is not exhaustive, so if you have something you think we may be able to help with, contact us and we will be back in touch with you soon.