Become a River Ambassador

We’re giving you the chance to play a vital role in spreading the word about how incredible London’s rivers are by becoming a river ambassador.

There are two options available depending on the type of volunteering you want to get involved in:  

  • Waterway Engagement Volunteer
  • Thames Ambassador

Waterway Engagement Volunteers

Thames21 is all about connecting people with their rivers and as a Waterway Engagement Volunteer you will do just that by translating people’s curiosity into action.

Passers-by are often delighted to discover there’s a way to get closer to their river and help look after it. Waterway Engagement Volunteers work with our Event Support Team at Thames21 events to welcome volunteers, chat to locals and answer questions about the charity.

You will be given training covering:

  • The history of Thames21, where we work, and what we do
  • The pressures facing urban rivers, including denaturalisation and pollution
  • Public engagement

We also provide you with materials to engage people with, as well as reimbursing you for food and travel to Thames21 events. If this sounds like your cup of tea, get in touch with our Development Officer Billy Coburn for more information on becoming a Waterway Engagement Volunteer.

Thames Ambassadors

Join us as a Thames Ambassador to spread the word about what we are doing on London’s iconic river and create a buzz about the health of the river. We fire up people’s interest and excitement about taking action to help clean up and monitor the health of the Thames and this role is critical to that.

As a Thames Ambassador, you will support our events inspiring passers-by to learn about the health of the Thames and take direct action. You will also welcome volunteers, chat to locals, and answer questions about the charity.

You will receive training including:

  • An introduction to Thames21 and our Thames River Watch
  • The story of London’s River
  • The tidal foreshore environment
  • Water quality on the Thames (including how to monitor it)
  • Wildlife in the river
  • Ways for the public to get involved

The session involves indoor learning and a practical session on the foreshore.

If this is your first training session with Thames21, please register here.

If you have already registered for a training session with Thames21, you can sign up to this one directly. Keep an eye out for further opportunities to become a Thames Ambassador.