Do you have the energy, enthusiasm and drive to make a real difference to your local area? If you’re reading this then you’ve already started on the journey! Take your volunteering to the next level by becoming a Thames21 Badged Leader and running your own Badged Group.
Once you’ve completed our Leading a Waterway Cleanup training course you can be ‘badged’ by Thames21 to plan and run your own waterway improvement events and activities with our support. Being badged means that events you organise are covered under Thames21’s Public Liability Insurance (subject to you following Thames21’s events protocol). It also means that we can loan you kit for some events and that Thames21 will pay for First Aid training for you.
We have approximately 20 Badged Groups carrying out amazing work all across greater London!
The possibilities for Badged Groups are endless and there is no one right way for a Badged Group to operate: some of our groups run large annual cleanup events every spring or summer. Others run smaller monthly litter picking or gardening events. Some groups have successfully received grant funding to purchase their own kit, organise community days or implement larger projects such as installing floating planters in their local waterway stretch! We want to encourage and support a network of active groups of people from across London who share the same passion about caring for our waterways.
Have a look at one of our Badged Groups – the Lower Regents Coalition – in East London talking about a ‘greening project’ they’ve launched
And here are some more of our Badged Groups. Check out their good works!
Friends of Slough Canal – Slough Canal
Lower Regents Coalition – Regents Canal between Limehouse and Mile End
Friends of the Shuttle – River Shuttle in Bexley
Cause Corps – Regents Canal at Camden Lock
Friends of the Concrete Barges – Thames foreshore, Rainham
Friends of Foots Cray Meadows – River Cray, Sidcup
Friends of Osterley and Clitheroe Locks – Grand Union Canal, Ealing
Friends of Manor Farm Nature Reserve – Norbury Brook, Croydon
Friends of Rise Park – Rise Park, Romford
Friends of Thornton Heath Rec – Norbury Brook, Croydon
Friends of the Welsh Harp – Welsh Harp in Brent and Barnet
Greenwich Yacht Club – Thames foreshore in Greenwich
Queen Mary University – Regents Canal between Mile End and Old Ford Lock
Riz Boardshorts – Thames foreshore, Barnes and Hammersmith
Royal Holloway Thames Improvement Team – Thames Path in Staines
Stonebridge Lock Coalition – River Lea in Tottenham
Team 19 – Small Profits Dock, Barnes
Tidal Crane Association – River Crane in Twickenham
Tideway – various locations across greater London
Watford in the Water – River Colne in Watford and Bushey
West London Hub – various locations on the Thames foreshore in West London