The first training session of 2013 took place on January 13th at Camley Street Natural Park. Twelve volunteers from across London (and as far as Brighton!) took part in day one of the training, which helps people learn how to plan and lead a waterway clean-up.
The group had a mix of experience and a range of backgrounds and motivations for taking part. Damian who lives in East London is frustrated at seeing so much litter on the banks of his local river. He said:
“I was thrilled that there was an organisation that was not only doing something about it but wanted to empower local people to do something about their own local waterways. I really enjoyed the friendly and positive atmosphere of the training and met some really nice other volunteers. I learned a lot and really look forward to putting it all into practice. I have already lined up a bunch of friend/volunteers for when I run my first clean up.”
For other trainees, this was their first experience of Thames21 but everyone left at the end of the day with a sense that they could do something to help waterways. Let’s hope we see the number of people willing to make a difference continue to grow.