New Falkirk Repair Shop seeks skilled volunteers

May 17, 2022

A new Repair Shop is being created by Falkirk-based canal charity Go Forth & Clyde. Part of the Falkirk Canal Connections programme, the new Repair Shop will help train members of Falkirk communities along the Forth and Clyde Canal in skills such as woodwork, bike maintenance and repair, crafts and sewing, and canal and boating skills.

The aim of the Repair Shop is to help local people gain new skills and connections while helping to improve the local environment. Items found along the banks of the canal will be saved from landfill and repaired and recycled. Some will go on to be sold to raise funds for the charity.

Other activities at the Repair Shop will include bike maintenance and repair services, container gardening, litter picking and carrying out improvements to the canalside. Going forward, Go Forth & Clyde hopes that Repair Shed users will get more involved in their local canal and go on to become volunteer coaches, lock keepers, heritage ambassadors and canal walking guides.

Due to open this summer, Go Forth & Clyde is looking for skilled, experienced trades people to join a new team of talented volunteers to help train Repair Shop users. The new Repair Shop is located at the charity’s Forth & Clyde Canal Lock 16 base in a new cabin, @16, on the banks of the canal. Tools and workstations are being purchased with funding from the UK Community Renewal Fund. But the project will rely on skilled volunteers to get up and running.

If you think you have the right skills and are interested in helping out, then Go Forth & Clyde would love to hear from you. Email info@goforthandclyde.org.uk for more information.