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Leading Action for Healthy Rivers – NCFE Accredited Course – ONLINE Training and Enfield Practical

June 1 @ 12:00 am - June 25 @ 12:00 am

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

If you love your local waterways and want to make them even better, sign on for our accredited ‘Leading Action for Healthy Rivers’ training! We’ve tailored our course to be delivered online, with a single practical session so you’ll have everything you need to plan and run safe, effective, enjoyable waterway improvement events as well as champion healthy rivers.

Once you are trained and accredited, you can become one of our valued River Action Groups and will be covered by Thames21 public liability insurance for any events you then run on a waterway. You can also register as a Thames21 Event Support Contractor, a freelance role which is paid London Living Wage.

Visit the Leading Action for Healthy Rivers page for full information about the course.

The course is tailored to the participants and takes a maximum of 18 people at a time.

Course context and content: Read more here (please note this information is tailored to the in-person session duration, but all course content will be the same!)


Thames21 is an nationally recognised NCFE Customised Qualification Centre.


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

By the end of the course (4 sessions in total) you will be able to plan your own event, ensure health and safety requirements are met, organise tasks and equipment and most importantly feel more confident in engaging and leading local people to take action for their river.

Session 1:  Wednesday 1st June, 5 – 7pm. ONLINE on Zoom

Session 1 is designed to help you build the knowledge you have about urban waterways, the pollution problems they face and some action that can be taken.

Session 2: Wednesday 8th  June, 5pm – 7pm. ONLINE on Zoom

Session 2 will build confidence and skills to lead safe, effective and fun waterway improvement events. You will learn to assess a site for hazards and look out for what tasks a group of volunteers can do which will really make a difference.

Session 3: Wednesday 15th June, 5pm – 7pm.  ONLINE on Zoom

Session 3 will take you from thinking like a volunteer to thinking like a leader. As a group you will consider how to motivate individuals to come together and achieve common goals as a group.

Session 4:  PRACTICAL Saturday 25th June, 11am – 3pm 

Session 4  is an in-person and will give you chance to practice delivering welcome talk/health and safety briefing as well as considering how you would run your own event at this site. You’ll also get stuck in and do some practical work to help you think through the whole experience.

What to expect:

The course has three brief assignments designed to help you put the training into action. These are a requirement of completing the accreditation but is no obligation to run events once you have taken this course.

Many people take it simply for the learning experience and to join committed event volunteer team, others go on to lead their own events and build successful community-based River Action Groups with our support.

Our trainees have been involved in some exciting work over the years!

You will be provided with a pdf workbook and other materials that will support your learning. A hard copy of the workbook can also be sent by post. Please get in touch if you have any accessibility requirements that would prevent or hinder you from taking part in either the online or practical part of this training course,

You will receive some brief pre-course reading and Zoom log in details from Connie, a Thames21 Training Officer, a week before the course commences.

On the day of the practical: 

Location – Meet by the entrance to the park from Albany Road, around here. This is just inside the park near 109 Albany Rd, Enfield . (For people who use the what3words app the code is, salt.switch.sank).

Please also bring with you lunch and plenty of water. We will provide tea and biscuits 🙂 Please wear suitable footwear as we will be visiting the river throughout the sessions and engaging with some practical work during our final session! Please also dress suitably for the weather and work (it may be cold and two pairs of socks might be useful)! We look forward to meeting you and making a difference to your local rivers!

Any questions, please email Connie on

Enfield Online June LAHR form