Are you someone who loves your local waterway and wants to learn more about it? Are you wishing to clean up and improve your patch but not sure how to begin?
We offer a range of courses that pass on the knowledge and experience we have gained through our delivery of hundreds of events each year. We want to make it easy for you to make a difference. Check out our training opportunities below!
Thames21 has been approved as an NCFE Investing In Quality (IIQ) Centre, to give formal recognition to our courses. NCFE accreditation gives assurance that the content of the training is of a high standard and that it meets the requirements of a national awarding organisation. NCFE accreditation also allows participants to be awarded a certificate of achievement, enabling them to support and lead waterway clean-ups and improvements.
Our training programme has evolved so that, at present, training days to help volunteers look after their local stretch of river will be delivered through our projects in specific areas of London. Training sessions can also be delivered as a bespoke service for organisations. Recently we delivered a full Leading a Waterway Cleanup courses for the Rivers Trust across the country. They are now empowered to deliver NCFE accredited waterway clean ups for their volunteers. If you are interested in finding out more about bespoke training costs please email Molly Gadenz.
Our essential training course: Leading a Waterway Cleanup
The accredited course contains everything you need to know to plan and run safe, effective and enjoyable waterway improvement events. The course will allow you to join our Events Support Team, and it is also the first step on the path to a Thames21 badge and leading a Badged Group.
Other Training Modules
Clean-ups are just the start. We want to help you look after the health of your waterways too. We offer extra training modules to registered trainees, including the ones listed below:
Vegetation Management in Your River Catchment
Invasive Non-Native Species Training
In addition, we continue to offer training through our Thames River Watch project, which counts and analyses the types and quantities of litter that are washed up on the tidal Thames foreshore. Other projects for which we will be offering training periodically, to help volunteers look after their local stretch of river, include our work in Thamesmead to install sustainable floating reedbeds maintained by the community, on Natural Flood Management projects at Salmons Brook, work on the Dagenham Brook in Waltham Forest, on the Rise Park Stream, the Silk Stream Headwaters, Headstone Manor in Harrow, and the River Pinn Park Wood, as well as Roundmoor Ditch in Berkshire.
Finally, we will be delivering training for volunteers as part of our work on the European Union-funded INTCATCH project, using floating robot labs (boats) to monitor water pollution, thereby helping communities to protect rivers.
All opportunities to get involved in these projects will appear on our events calendar.
You can view our training policies by following these links:
Initial Guidance and Support for Learners
Safeguarding Learners Policy
Training health and safety policy
Compliments & Complaints Policy