So spring is always a busy time on the waterways and the Million Hands project is no different. The winter has been a good time to build up plans and get ourselves organised for the start of longer days and some potential evening scout events.
Since Christmas we have been been busy behind the scenes designing a new leaflet. This will be for groups that are thinking about adopting so they can find out more and maybe head to the canal to start drawing ideas on the map.
We have also held some staff training where all of the charities involved came together to run interactive sessions about what a themed adoption with them might look like. It was a good fun day with about 35 Trust staff attending.
Steadily, we have also seen our first few groups talking to us about adopting pockets of canal. Three groups have officially adopted and several more are in the pipe line.
One of the first and most intrepid groups are Sheaf District Explorers who helped out at Tinsley Lock open day in Sheffield. This was just down the canal from the section they have adopted. It was a really cold day but also a great opportunity to show Alice Derbyshire from The Scout Association Community Impact Committee around and meet Richard Parry.
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.See more blogs from A Million Hands