Working with Gen22

We've teamed up with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Gen22 initiative to become a flagship mental health and wellbeing organisation offering volunteering opportunities.

Young people planting greenery by the canal Nurturing nature by the canal

As the charity who looks after and brings to life 2,000 miles of waterways, including across the West Midlands, we believe that life is better by water, and that our canals and rivers can help boost the wellbeing of many young people.

With 46% of Birimingham's population under the age of 30 (making it the youngest city in Europe), we're proud to be working with Gen22 to help build the future opportunities of young people and make a difference to their lives.

Volunteers in Birmingham Volunteers in Birmingham

Providing opportunities

Gen22 is a social action project offering 16-24-year-olds employability-boosting opportunities through the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Gen22 Logo

The project focuses on supporting 1,000 young people who might otherwise struggle to be given a chance though a lack of confidence, being a young carer or young parent, or having a criminal record.

Volunteering assignments will focus on mental health and wellbeing and take place across the West Midland’s network of waterways.

Working with young people for young people

Individuals will be nominated via Gen22 to take part in the 30-hour volunteering programme. The activities are being co-designed by young people to ensure they best meet the needs of the participants, and will be of both benefit and enjoyment to those selected.

Projects will cover the West Midlands and beyond, including Birmingham, Coventry, the Black Country, Walsall, and Stoke & Worcester.

We are already a partner with United By Birmingham 2022 – the community brand of the Commonwealth Games – and also with the Birmingham 2022 Festival.

Last date edited: 19 April 2022