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News article created on 17 July 2015

Canal volunteering with a twist at Victoria Park

A swishing clothes swap, high tea and boat painting are among the activities on offer on the Regent’s Canal by Victoria Park on Thursday 23 July – at a volunteering event.

We've teamed up with students from Queen Mary University to host the event, which is designed to give people who work during the day a chance to try after-work volunteering. It is part of the Love London Canals programme, which combines live music, cocktail making and paddle boarding, with jobs that improve the canals, like flower planting and litter picks.

Thursday’s event runs from 6-8pm (E3 5SX). It is free and anyone wanting to join in is encouraged to register online www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/love-london-canals

Becky Williams, Canal & River Trust volunteer team leader, said: “The event is a chance to eat cake, try out a spot of boat painting and someone else’s clothes. Bring along some clothes you want to swap and roll up your sleeves to brighten up the towpath and our workboats. Volunteers already do so much to help keep the Regent’s Canal in the condition it is, but we wanted to try something a bit different. While the majority of our volunteering happens during office hours, we’ve planned these events for the evenings so people who work during the day have every opportunity to enjoy helping out on the canals.”

Monica Kolesnik, from Queen Mary University, who is organising the event, added: “We wanted to create events for the good of the canal and its environment yet with a broader appeal, so we mixed it up and added a bit of fun. There is something incredibly rewarding about giving back to the environment, in this case the canal, which we all enjoy on a daily basis.”