Youth fellowship programme to start

Published: Tuesday, 17 August 2021

THE Canal & River Trust's latest scheme is to encourage young people to join a new programme.

It tells it is encouraging young people to join a new programme where they will help shape the charity’s future direction and broaden the waterways’ appeal to all ages. 

Fresh perspective

The trust is aware that it has had an older supporter base, and hopes the new Youth Fellowship Programme will help gain the fresh perspectives that younger people can bring and, by broadening the appeal of the waterways, will create a pathway for a new generation of waterway supporters and enthusiasts.

The voluntary 12 months programme is for young people, aged 18 to 25, to join the trust’s regional and national advisory boards to have a say in the decision-making processes and will design and manage a three to six months project that will bring new thinking to an area the trust wants to strengthen. 

Make waterway more relevant

Richard Parry, Chief Executive comments: 

“Fellows will take the lead in looking at how we can make the waterways relevant and attractive to a new generation, embracing diversity and anchoring the canals’ importance in the communities they run through. In turn, we will support them to become true role models for other young people in their communities, as well as the wider charity and environmental sector.

"Fellows will receive training around project planning and management, practical delivery of activities, impact measurement, public speaking, leading teams, event management and more. They will have the opportunity to represent the trust at high profile events and conferences where they can share their experiences and at the same time help to raise the awareness of the trust’s work with new audiences."

Recruitment for the Youth Fellowship Programme is taking place between 16th August and 6th September with Fellows starting from mid-September.

For further information contact Fran Read on 07796 610 427 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.