The Active Waterways (Cheshire) project is a three year project funded by Sport England to increase activity among over 55s living in Cheshire on or by our canals and waterways.
The project is specifically looking at people who have little or no activity levels - around 30 minutes or less moderate intensity activity per week. Moderate intensity is basically an activity that raises your heart rate and makes you breathe faster.
As our news story explains, we’ve been given funding to use our extensive canal and river network to find new ways to encourage older people to get active on and by water.
The funding means we can recruit active waterway volunteers, create support networks across six key areas along our waterways. Activities will appeal to anyone aged 55+, with a specific focus on existing canal users such as boaters, anglers, community groups in the area and our own volunteers.
Our new active waterway volunteers will act as a mentor, motivator and support network for anyone who wants to take part in the project.
The six pilot sites for the project are:
If you run a group or are an activity provider working in these locations and you're interested in collaborating on this project, please get in touch with Anika Neill (Active Waterways Project Lead) firstname.lastname@example.org
We spoke to three of our local volunteers about the project:
"I’m John Sedley, I’m a volunteer at Red Bull, in 2014 my life shattered with the death of my wife…I heard on the local radio that they needed volunteers on the canal and river trust so I volunteered and that’s when I started my life on the canals…I came down as a greeter originally and I was asked to be a lock keeper. Now I’m a lock keeper, greeter and I go out an assist on the reservoirs.”
John Parry, greeter on the Trent & Mersey Canal: "It’s my third year of volunteering and I just love the outdoor life. I find now that I am a qualified lock keeper it’s fantastic…you can come any day of the week…it’s good exercise, you get plenty of fresh air, you walk, you talk, it’s a really fantastic opportunity I think.”
Janice Gledhill, based at Red Bull: “This volunteer position came just at the right time. About five years ago I was diagnosed with Osteoarthritis and I had to give up my regular employment. For me [the activity] is everything, it’s fulfilling, it’s empowering, it’s great for the mind, you meet people, you have a really good time. I would recommend it to anybody who’s looking to get out when they’re having life changes because it really has been for me just an amazing adventure.”
Last date edited: 17 October 2019