Community 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?

People have many reasons why they volunteer including:

  • 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


We have opportunities across a number of projects on our site that will give you a satisfying and rewarding day of activity. We want to ensure that everyone feels comfortable with what they are doing; the important thing being that whilst you are carrying out tasks that will benefit our project, you are also having a good time and feel totally engaged with what you are doing.

  • Tasks are fully risk assessed and supervised and are suitable for all levels of ability. We have full public liability insurance in place.
  • You volunteer at a time and pace that suits you. Your contribution is greatly appreciated. You can always have a chat about what various activities involve so just contact our Engagement Team by emailing [email protected] or calling 020 7473 0429 for a chat.
  • Volunteers receive free tea whilst with us and can also take advantage of a 50% discount on other drinks and cakes.
  • Below is a breakdown of the various tasks we

General Construction Activities

There are lots of opportunities to get creative using hand tools, power tools and a little bit of creativity, Volunteers can help us with simple construction activities including new planters, seating and shelters, a new footpath and we are planning to create a beehive area.

Gardening Sessions Across Our Site

Our gardens are a firm favourite with the local community who value the green space tucked within a hugely industrial area beside the River Lea.

We have 3 gardens which require watering, re-seeding, weeding, turning over, new planting and general maintenance activities. Volunteer sessions take place on Wednesdays and some Saturdays. We are currently on the look out for anyone interested in learning new skills and taking part in our free over 55’s community gardening training club starting January 2019. However all ages welcomed and, new opportunities and expertise is always useful.

Boat Handling and Crew Members

We will be operating the River Princess as a class V passenger training vessel and from May 2018 will be looking for 15 volunteers to help crew our service. In exchange, they will receive free commercial boat handling experience. So, whether you are already mad about boating and fancy spending time with other like-minded folk, would like more boat handling experience, are considering a career working on our waterways o would simply like to try your hand at something new, please do get in touch to find out more and put your name down for our first round of training places

Boat Restoration Activities

We are in the process of stripping back and restoring our community boat – The River Princess. The boat will be back into the water later this year to be used by local schools as an educational resource It will also serve as an events space for hire.

Tasks will involve stripping back surfaces, painting and general maintenance. We are particularly keen to hear from volunteers who have experience with electrics, plumbing and carpentry.

Event support and Stewarding

As an organisation, we put the community at the very heart of what we do. To reflect this, we organise regular community events over the year – opening our doors and welcoming people in to enjoy whatever occasion we are celebrating. We also take part in a number of national events such as Open House and the London Festival of Architecture. Without our team of volunteers helping us set up the events, support and run activities or act as stewards throughout the day we would be lost.

To support, volunteer or update your details, please complete the form below:

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