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Leading Action for Healthy Rivers – NCFE Accredited Training Course – Enfield, 18th & 26th May

May 18 @ 10:00 am - May 26 @ 4:00 pm

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! Our flagship course gives you 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


Thames21 is an nationally recognised NCFE Customised Qualification Centre.


The course is run over 2 full days, in a mix of classroom based learning and a practical element. By the end of the course, 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. You must attend both sessions and complete the assignments to obtain your accreditation. 🙂

What you will learn:

In session 1 – Wednesday 18th May, 10am – 4pm (Please arrive from 09:30am for a prompt start)

You will learn about the challenges faced by urban rivers and be able to identify what tasks a group of volunteers can do which will really make a difference. You 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.

By the end of session 1 you will be able to list the steps needed to be taken for organising your own event.

In session 2 – Thursday 26th May– 10am – 4pm

we will look at leadership responsibilities and build confidence by focusing on the health and safety implications of working in and near water. This 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.

By the end of session 2 you will be able to select an appropriate site, spot hazards, complete a risk assessment and organise tasks with the correct equipment.

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 send by post. Please get in touch if you have any accessibility requirements that would prevent or hinder you from taking part.

You will receive some brief pre-course reading from Connie Chapman, a Thames21 Training Officer, a week before the course commences.

Please note places are limited and booking is essential.

Dates: Wednesday 18th May & Thursday 26th May, 10am – 4pm. Please arrive from 9:30am so we can promptly begin at 10am. 

Location – Meet by the entrance to the park from Albany Road, around here. This is just inside the park near 109 Albany Rd, Enfield EN3 5UD. (For people who use the what3words app the code is, salt.switch.sank). We can collectively walk to the classroom together.

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

Leading action for healthy rivers - Enfield - 18th and 26th May



Albany Park Enfield
Albany Road
London, EN3 6DP United Kingdom