Keeping all our volunteers healthy and safe is of the utmost importance to Thames21.
At this extremely challenging time Thames21 believes it is essential that we continue supporting local people to safely access nature, exercise and work with others to care for their rivers and green spaces.
Volunteering is exempt from the new national restrictions which come into effect in England from 5th November. Thames21 will continue to deliver a programme of activity with updated and strict control measures in place to maintain a COVID-secure environment for all who attend. You can read more about our updated control measures here and below.
As well as keeping vital projects going we know that there a huge health and wellbeing benefit for volunteers associated with our work at this very difficult time and that working outside, with appropriate measures in place, the risk of COVID transmission is very low.
Current government guidelines allow people to meet in larger groups for work, voluntary or charitable services, and formal education or training, with no maximum group size set. However, we have capped our maximum group size at 15 and will cap at lower numbers in sites and situations where needed to ensure effective social distancing. All events must be booked in advance so that we can cap numbers at lower levels.
In addition, at our events, we will:
- Thoroughly disinfect all equipment
- Ensure social distancing on site
- Provide hand wash or sanitisation stations
- Ensure no tools are shared
If you are attending one of our events, you must:
- Follow social distancing guidelines at all times on site
- Follow instructions given by Thames21 staff
- Let us know before the event and do not attend if you or anyone else in your household has coronavirus symptoms
- Wear a face covering if travelling to the site via public transport
The decision to volunteer is a personal one. Please consider all available advice from national and local government about your local area before joining a local event. We recommend that where possible you choose events you can get to either on foot or by bike and avoid public transport where possible.
People who are clinically extremely vulnerable are advised not to volunteer outside their home under any circumstances, and should not therefore attend our volunteering events.
For everyone who chooses to volunteer with Thames21, we will be ready to welcome you and look after you as you help with our crucial work protecting blue-green spaces. As we enter a second lockdown our need for access to green-blue spaces for exercise and recreation is greater than ever.