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POSTPONED – Leading Action for Healthy Rivers – Isle of Dogs

15th September 2023



Leading Action for Healthy Rivers – Thames River Watch


We are looking to train future River Action Leaders!

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 help 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.


Friday 15th & Saturday 16th September

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.

Leading Action for Healthy Rivers is much more than picking up litter.

The course includes two days of tuition, a practical handbook, additional learning resources, coursework to support your event, leadership development and accreditation.

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Thames21, The Lock Office
Bow Locks, Navigation Road (off Gillender Street)
London, E3 3JY

Start and finish times:
Approximately 10am-4pm (exact times tbc)

Upcoming dates:
Friday 15th and Saturday 16th September.
CLICK HERE to register your interest.
Or if you have any questions, contact our Training Officer Edwin Quast or Felicity Rhodes


Session 1 – Friday 15th September:

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.

Session 2 – Saturday 16th September:

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.

Session 3 – Thames21 volunteering event of your choosing:

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. Thames River Watch is running the Isle of Dogs River Festival on Saturday 23rd September. This would be an ideal event for you to complete your training.

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.



  • Free to individuals who have been volunteering with Thames21 projects or wish to establish their own River Action Group.
  • Leading Action for Healthy Rivers is always oversubscribed. Places are offered through a mixture of early responders as well as individuals who can show their commitment in completing the course.

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.

To register your interest, please CLICK HERE

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: 15th and 16th September.

Friday 15th & Saturday 16th September

If you have questions, please contact:, or

To learn more about Thames River Watch CLICK HERE

If you want to help improve the health of London’s Rivers and its tributaries then we’d love to work with you.



15th September 2023
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Edwin Quast


Thames21 Bow Lock Office
Gillender Street
London, E3 3JY United Kingdom
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