News article created on 27 October 2016

Liverpool Canal volunteer nominated for national learning award

Liverpudlian Les Dundon has been shortlisted for a national award for his work to inspire a new generation of canal lovers along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in North Liverpool.

Boats moored along towpath in rural area Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Being shortlisted by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom is recognition for Les’ work as an education volunteer for the Trust.

Working alongside a team of volunteers that teach local children about the history, wildlife and activities that make up the canal, Les has clocked up an amazing 779 hours (103 days) inspiring children about our waterways since he started volunteering in 2012.

Katie Hutchinson, the Trust's education co-ordinator said: "Les is a truly inspiring person and it’s a real privilege to work with him. He is so passionate and he thrives off having a positive impact on a child’s outlook, particularly those from deprived backgrounds. We hope he wins the award when it’s announced in November as he’s truly deserving."

"Commenting on volunteering, Les Dundon said: "I love volunteering because North Liverpool is a deprived area and the Leeds & Liverpool Canal is a free to use leisure resource. So if I can engage children in using it, it enriches their lives."

The winner of the ‘Inspiring Educator Award’ will be announced on 24 November at the Arden Hotel in Birmingham.  Those who know Les and wish to vote for his excellent work can do so until 11 November by visiting Awards for outstanding contribution.

The Trust’s education programme offers a wealth of online teacher resources as well as fun activities for children to get involved in. All activities are linked to the national curriculum. For more information visit www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/explorers.

Anyone interested in volunteering who loves working with children and enjoys being outdoors and can spare a few days each month contact Katie Hutchinson via email: katie.hutchinson@canalrivertrust.org.uk