Our Essential Training Course
Our foundational course, called Leading a Waterway Clean Up, is for people interested in learning more about waterways and why they are important. The course contains everything you need to know to plan and run safe, effective and enjoyable waterway improvement events.
There is no obligation to actually run events once you have taken the course. Some take it simply for the learning experience. But many do go on to assist our officers with Thames21-led events, and others lead events on their own with our support. Our trainees have engaged in some exciting work over the years!
How is the training structured? Leading a Waterway Cleanup is a 2-day course open to all, including those who may not have any prior experience with environmental issues or with working around water. We combine classroom sessions with volunteering so that you get the best possible learning experience. We also ask you to complete a small amount of written work. Our course is certified by ncfe*, the national accrediting organisation and you will receive your ncfe certificate upon completion. Having ncfe accreditation assures us that the content of our training is of a high standard and thoroughly prepares trainees to support and lead events on their own with confidence.
When do sessions take place? We schedule sessions throughout the year in east, west and central London. Typically sessions are on weekends but there are some weekday sessions as well. Trainees must take Day 1 before Day 2 but do not need to take them in the same series. For example, you can take the Day 1 session offered in April and then, because of other commitments, not take Day 2 until July. Or September. Sessions are meant to be flexible.
See the bottom of this page for details on how to register for sessions.
We also deliver our Leading a Waterway Cleanup course to local groups who wish to be trained together. To schedule something for your group, please arrange for bespoke sessions with the Training Officer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
How can I use the benefits of the course? After completing the Leading a Waterway Clean Up course, you can register with our Event Support Team (EST), taking on the role of assistant to our Project Officers during their events. As an EST member, you will be helping us to run safe, effective and fun events in a variety of settings. One week you may be working with a large corporate group on the Thames foreshore, the next week you might find yourself at a community event in a park along a London tributary. Find out more about our Event Support Team here
You can also decide to run your own volunteer clean-up events as one of Thames21’s Badged Leaders. Badged Leaders will receive guidance and support from Thames21 to organise and run their own events. We have approximately 20 Badged Groups operating across greater London and the possibilities are endless: Some of our groups run large annual cleanup events every spring or summer. Other groups run smaller monthly litter picks. Some groups have succesfully received grant funding to buy their own kit or implement projects such as installing floating planters along their local waterway stretch! Find out more about Thames21 Badged Groups here
How much does it cost? The training is currently free for volunteers, with a Pricing Structure in place for volunteer managers and corporate groups. Please contact the Training Officer for more information
You must complete an online Registration Form before you can take any trainings with Thames21.
1) Click here to complete the Registration Form, selecting your preferred sessions and dates at the bottom of the form.
2) If you have already registered with us and are interested in signing up for another session, please fill out a Bookings Form by clicking here.
3) Await confirmation from Training Officer.