Published 10th June 2021

Thames21: Thames Connection Project

Thames21 reconnect people to nature by helping them enjoy, protect and enhance their local rivers.  In November 2020, Thames21 launched the Thames Connections Project which aims to reach out to new audiences who may not have participated in Thames21 activities previously.

About the Thames Connection Project 

The target audience is focussed around communities who live within close distance to the tidal Thames within six London boroughs including Newham, Barking & Dagenham, Tower Hamlets, Southwark, Wandsworth and Greenwich.

The project begins with a one year research programme to identify barriers which prevent some communities from using the river. As part of this research, they are piloting some outdoor activities with some of the organisations they have been in contact with since the launch of the project. They hope to gather feedback from these activities to help deliver long term solutions to the lack of diversity within the volunteers they traditionally attract at Thames21 as well as the environmental sector as a whole.

They will be listening closely to individuals and groups on their experience from these activities in order to create a more inclusive culture within Thames21 across all projects with a long term vision in mind.

Below are a list of some activities to choose from as part of this pilot programme for spring/summer 2021:

  • Guided walks/talks on the Thames – Themes; History, Archaeology, Technology
  • Direct river access during low tides – walks on the foreshore/mudlarking
  • Litter clean ups on foreshore, bottle/wet wipe counts
  • Storytelling events on foreshore with actors/guest speakers
  • Art workshops for all e.g. photography/smart phone safari, graffiti
  • Children/family focussed events e.g. river dipping, picnics
  • Stand up paddle boarding with basket for litter picking
  • Canoe/Kayak on the Thames for one or groups of two with extra room on board for litter picking
  • Virtual events e.g. online classes, virtual walks on the Thames etc.
  • Boat trips or guided tours (subject to resources)

Please note that all these events can be tailored according to the audience. They want to make these events as friendly, accommodating and inclusive as possible so please feel free to contact them with any specific requirements or if you have any questions at all. All equipment will be provided with health and safety checks managed by Thames21.

To find out more, contact Dilawar Hussain via email: [email protected] or phone: 07557 970 812.