What do we do?

The Lagan Navigation Trust is a waterways restoration charity based at Navigation House, Lisburn. The main aim of the Trust is to re-open the Lagan Navigation from Belfast Harbour to Lough Neagh, reconnecting its 300 year old industrial heritage to communities along the route.

From Belfast to Lough Neagh, the Lagan Navigation travels East to West, 27 miles with 27 locks, 20 road bridges, 12 footbridges and 1 Railway Bridge. It passes through three Local Government areas – Belfast, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, and Armagh City Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council and already attracts more than a million visitors every year on its towpath network.

Why Volunteer?

Have you skills that you would like to share? Do you have a favourite hobby or interest that you could pass on to others? Would you would like to learn new skills and meet interesting, like-minded people?

If your answer is yes then read on…..

Volunteering activities can include everything from mentoring to gardening, or from water sports to historic research! If you have a skill we haven’t listed let us know how we can help.

At the Lagan Navigation Trust we welcome volunteers from all walks of life. Our goal is to;

  • Build a team of enthusiasts who are passionate about the work we do, collectively as a community.
  • Offer a safe, mutual and respectful social learning space for sharing, creating and doing.
  • Work together towards shared goals which are beneficial to current and future generations. 


Mentoring such as provide support, learning or skill sharing to others. Some activities include traditional skills, team building, sports, historical, environmental and youth engagement.

Admin/Office such as filing, research and archiving. Some activities can historical research, computing, documenting and recording.

Event Support such as stewards, first aiders, security, activity leaders, workshop facilitators, stage hands, lighting and sound specialists.

Creative Elements such as arts and crafts activities, traditional crafts, and dressing event spaces. Musicians, poets and storytellers to engage with audiences at events. Designing posters & leaflets which help to spread our message.

Promotional work such as distributing leaflets for our events, networking & being our welcoming party at events.

Practical work such as grounds keeping, gardeners, maintenance and D.I.Y

Youth work such as supporting children and young people, supervising young people and being a positive role model for a young person

Outdoor Activities such as canoeing, boating and other water based activities. Environmental studies, surveying and botany.

Need more info?

Speak to one of our volunteer coordinators, they are happy to help on 02892663232
Want to sign up?

Contact admin@lagannavigationtrust.org and request an application form

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