Volunteering

As we grow and develop, we want to increase the involvement of volunteers so that people feel a greater sense of ownership of the Dock and what it has to offer.

From supporting events to rolling up their sleeves to tackle the gardens or help restore our boat, our volunteers have proved to be an invaluable asset to Cody Dock. If you have a particular skill, an area of interest or just want to get involved we would love to hear from you. Simply complete this enquiry form and we will be in touch. Alternatively, contact our Engagement Officers by emailing [email protected] or calling 020 7473 0429 for a chat.

WHY VOLUNTEER AND WHO BENEFITS?

  • They may have had a good experience with a particular project or organisation and want to contribute something back
  • To help improve the environment
  • To make a difference
  • To be part of a team
  • To gain confidence and increase self-esteem
  • To learn new skills and increase their knowledge and experience
  • To develop further their existing skills and knowledge
  • To use their specialist skills and knowledge to help accelerate the progress of projects
  • To gain experience and knowledge to enhance their CV
  • To meet new people and make new friends
  • To learn more about the area they live

Brickwork & Restoration


Get involved in Brickwork & Restoration. Built in 1871 it is one of London’s only remaining brick lined docks. It had its peak of activity during the industrial revolution, becoming derelict for 25 years until 2013 when Thames Water donated it to GDP.

This is a chance to learn valuable masonry skills, restore historic infrastructure and be part of local legacy to help reactivate this once thriving Dock.


Gardening & Landscaping


Participate in our Gardening & Landscaping program. We have plenty of opportunities to develop spaces and habitats helping to transform sites around Cody Dock and the local area by creating or improving communal greenspaces with benches, hanging baskets and signage showing what plants and animals are here.

You can also get involved in planting out native trees/ shrubs and creating features to promote foraging and habitat for local wildlife.

Conservation & Citizen Science


Take part in our Conservation & Citizen Science volunteer program and help observe, monitor and record the biodiversity here as the area changes rapidly, informing national data sets while learning about protection of the natural environment.

Some of the activities include birdwatching, invertebrate recording, plant surveying and water quality monitoring.


Construction & Maintenance


Join a Construction & Maintenance session! There are large construction projects, such as building our visitors centre and wash-block facilities. Volunteers can help with activities such as creating new seating, shelters, and footpaths.

There is also regular maintenance of our community boat, gallery space, outdoor classroom, workshops, picnic areas and site preparation for seasonal community events, as well as site clearing and logistics.