How can Waterways Chaplains help?

“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”.


There are many ways a Waterways Chaplain can help … here’s an example of just some of them.

  • Chaplains own food parcels
  • Support/ intermediary through dealings with Authorities e.g. CaRT, Local Councils, benefit claims
  • Help with laundry, getting fuel etc
  • Coffee and a chat
  • Calling out an engineer through our retainer account with River Canal Rescue (RCR)
  • Boat Blessings

Have you lost someone close to you and not been able to say goodbye ‘properly’?

We could come and do a small memorial time with you to help remember them and share your memories. It can be done canal-side or outside as it doesn’t have to be in a building.

If this is something you think you might like, please contact us to discuss it