There are five community groups who have signed up to be involved in the management and use of the Wanderer.
The Duckworth Worcestershire Trust is a registered charity, established in 1998 by Mr Cecil Duckworth OBE, the former chairman of Worcester Heat Systems (now Worcester Bosch). The Trust is dedicated to the conservation, protection and enhancement of the natural and built environments for the people of Worcestershire. It also aims to relieve poverty amongst those who are disadvantaged, by carrying out such work. The objectives are achieved through a number of projects, environmental management and the provision of funding for schools. Find out more at www.dwt.org.uk
The Droitwich Waterways (Pamela May) Trust Limited promotes the preservation of the Droitwich Canals, an historic heritage waterway, and promotes the enhancement of the environment for everyone who uses the Droitwich Waterways.
The Trust promotes the relief of disabled people, and others who are in need due to social or economic disadvantage, by giving them the opportunity to leave their solitary environment and get out in a pleasant and undemanding environment to enjoy interaction and recreation particularly on the community canal boat operated by the company. Find out more at www.droitwichcanals.co.uk/
St. Paul's Hostel provides a 24-hour direct access hostel for homeless aged 16 or over in the City of Worcester. The charity provides support to clients across the county with a wide range of issues which caused their homelessness and provide the support and care necessary to enable our clients to assume the level of independence for which they are capable of taking responsibility. Find out more at www.stpaulshostel.co.uk.
The Worcester Canal Group’s aim is to enhance the amenity value of the canal for the benefit of the local community and visitors. This is achieved through a variety of projects, including promoting wildlife along the canal corridor in Worcester, regular litter picks on both the towpath and non-towpath sides of the canal, and designing and painting murals to improve the enjoyment of canal users. Find out more at www.worcestercanalgroup.org.uk
The Worcester & Birmingham Canal Society was formed in 1969 to promote the restoration, conservation and improvement of the Worcester & Birmingham Canal and adjacent waterways for the use and benefit of the public. In 2010, members of the society voted at the AGM to change the name of the organisation to the Worcester-Birmingham & Droitwich Canals Society following the re-opening of the Droitwich Canals. The Society actively encourages volunteering in a variety of ways to suit all individuals such as conserving the Tardebigge Lime Kilns, litter picking, marshalling at festivals, tree and shrubbery planting to name but a few. Find out more at wbdcs.org.uk