Thames21 aims to improve the quality of life of people in the community by enhancing waterway environments.
London’s rivers, canals and other stretches of open water can provide healthy and tranquil green spaces which all can access, right in the centre of heavily built-up urban districts. However waterways can be blighted by neglect, litter and vandalism.
Thames21 seeks to inspire, motivate and deliver not only immediate, but long-term improvement to waterways, engaging the community through practical participation and by engendering local sense of ownership and responsibility for waterway areas which will then link into opportunities for ongoing stewardship.
Thames21 will achieve these aims by:
- Instigating and facilitating community action on the waterways
- Establishing sustainable systems of cleaning and protecting the waterways
- Using active volunteer participation, awareness-raising and education
- Providing projects which increase community responsibility and pride in the waterways
- Identifying and implementing ways in which Thames21 projects can draw together disparate groups within the community to maximise the social impact of its programmes
- Delivering practical projects with tangible outcomes and benefits
- Achieving effective community engagement by working directly with local communities and neighbourhoods and responding directly to needs of beneficiaries and stakeholders
- Highlighting and maximizing the social impact and benefits of Thames21 activities
- Working with key partners to help deliver their community agendas