Thames21 Badged Groups

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 applying for a Thames21 Badge.

Once you’ve completed our Leading a Waterway Cleanup training, and have then gone on to plan and run an event or activity with support and approval by Thames21, you can apply for a Thames21 Badge. 

This badge means that events that you organise are covered by Thames21’s Public Liability Insurance*.  It also means that we can loan you kit for some events and that Thames21 will pay for first aid training for you.  You can display your badge on any publicity material that you create to support your activity.

We have approximately 20 Badged Groups operating across greater London.

Map of Badged Group events in 2016

 The possibilities are endless:  some of our groups run large annual cleanup events every spring or summer.  Other groups run smaller monthly litter picks.  Some groups have successfully received grant funding to buy their own kit or implement projects such as installing floating planters along their local waterway stretch!  We want to encourage and support a network of lively, active groups of people from all across London, who share the same passion about caring for our waterways.

Have a look at one of our Badged Groups in East London on the Regents Canal 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

Greenwich Yacht Club – Thames foreshore in Greenwich

Keep Welsh Harp Tidy – Welsh Harp, Brent and Barnet

Maria Arceo/ThamesPlastic – various locations along the Tidal Thames

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


*Subject to receipt of supporting paperwork