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News article created on 7 October 2016

Award-winning partnership

The A Million Hands project is officially award-winning! Last week staff and volunteers from the seven charities involved in the project gathered for the Charity Times Awards 2016. Excited just to be nominated in our first year, it was a huge honor to win best sector partnership!

Charity Times Awards

This is great recognition for the A Million Hands project as we embark on the second year of the partnership with a clearer understanding of the best way to develop and move the project onward.

It’s all about awards at the moment – must be something in the autumnal air! Merseyside Scouts have recognised the Trust with a Community Award being presented this week at their AGM. Then, in a couple of weeks, scouting groups active on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal are nominated for Bicentenary Awards presented at a Gala Dinner.

Projects that have been developing well in recent weeks include a pocket adoption of part of the Trent & Mersey Canal with 79th Clayton Scouts. Focussed around developing understanding of mental resilience, the group have forged ahead with improvement work and even had a visit from the Stoke City football mascot!

Rachel a local Explorer Scouts Mum had this to say about the project:

"Scouts you are doing an amazing job. My daughter was looking at your pictures and said it would be nice to sit on a bench close her eyes and imagine her troubles floating away in the canal. She says that no one understands what a few minutes escape and peace away from the world can mean in your mind!"

You can find out more about this project here 

About this blog

A Million Hands

Lucy Bowles-Lewis has worked for the Trust for 10 years in various engagement and volunteering roles. She has recently become the project manager for A Million Hands, an exciting new project where Scout groups will be given the opportunity to take social action by adopting a section of canal or river.

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