Friday 13th October & Saturday 14th October
Take part in Thames21's flagship course: Leading Action for Healthy Rivers.
Find out everything you need to know to safely lead groups of volunteers to improve our waterways. Topics will include Risk Assessments, Leadership Skills, Event Planning, and Volunteer Coordination.
This NCFE accredited course provides everything you need to plan and run safe, effective and enjoyable community and volunteer waterway improvements, from litter picks, citizen science, community events and river restoration works.
The Leading Action for Healthy Rivers course empowers you to take affirmative independent action by setting up your own River Action Group (RAG) or joining an already established one in a more proactive role.
Please note that this training is Free for community members who would like to lead events on the foreshore. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate corporate volunteers, or people looking to lead groups from their company on the foreshore.
Please only register if you are sure that you can commit to both days: 13th & 14th October
If you have questions, please contact:
If you want to help improve the health of London's Rivers and its tributaries then we’d love to work with you.
Independent citizen-led initiatives are essential to increasing the resilience of and protecting our rivers. We cannot wait for authorities or government agencies to take the necessary action on our rivers, and after accreditation, you will be part of a growing number of citizen scientists, activists and community groups making a real difference to their environment.
After accreditation, and gaining 'badged status', any community event that you run will be covered by Thames21’s public liability insurance, providing legal protection and peace of mind for yourself and any volunteers taking part.
This course also provides a pathway to register as a Thames21 Event Support Contractor (ESC): a freelance role, assisting Thames21’s diverse and expanding work. ESC’s are paid above the London living wage and are vital to Thames21’s work. Working for Thames21 as an ESC provides valuable, hands-on leadership skills, and experience for those wishing to gain employment in the conservation or charity sector.
The course includes two days of tuition, a practical handbook, additional learning resources, coursework to support your event, leadership development and accreditation.
International Gospel Church
102A Watling Avenue
Burnt Oak, Edgeware
London, HA8 0LN
Start and finish times: Approximately 10am-4pm (exact times tbc)
Friday 13th & Saturday 14th October
Please register your interest on the link on this page or contact our Training Officer Edwin Quast.
You will learn about the challenges faced by urban rivers and be able to identify what proactive steps you can take to assist in the recovery and improvements of these habitats.
We will look at leadership responsibilities and build confidence by focusing on the importance of good health and safety requirements when working in and near water. We will also cover promoting your event and talk about how to motivate individuals to come together and achieve common goals as a group.
You will be required to attend a Thames21 event at a later date to observe good leadership and health and safety practices in person. This will be followed by completion of two evaluations to assess your learning.
The course involves both in-class and outdoors, site-specific learning.
This course is run over 2 full days in person, as well as attending a Thames21 event to see leadership in action at a later date of your choosing.
Thames21 is a nationally recognised NCFE Customised Qualification Centre.
If you have any further questions, please contact Edwin Quast on 07739 627 665
Please note: You do not have to use your Facebook or Google account to register your interest on this course. You can instead type in your email address in the box provided.