A Million Hands

We’re proud to be part of A Million Hands, a national partnership project led by The Scout Association. Launched in October 2015, our aim is to engage half a million young people in social action projects across the country.

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We know that living waterways transform places and enrich lives. Our canals and rivers are cherished outdoor spaces which enable visitors to take a breath of fresh air and relax. Through A Million Hands, the Scout groups are able to use our beautiful waterways to improve the lives of people in the local community.

The Scouts choose to undertake a pocket adoption on a stretch of canal as their form of social action. Then, with support, they plan and deliver improvements, enhancements and awareness campaigns that focus on their chosen health and wellbeing theme.

Nearly one year into the project we have 10 ‘Pocket Adoptions’ across the country working with each of the different project partners. You can follow our progress in the A Million Hands blog.

A Million Hands is about making our communities better places to live.

We’re excited to be working with a number of charity partners on this project:

  • Leonard Cheshire Disability: working to support thousands of people in the UK and around the world with physical and learning disabilities to fulfil their potential and live the lives they choose.
  • Guide Dogs: working to ensure people who are blind or partially sighted can enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else
  • MIND: working to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. By campaigning to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
  • Water Aid: (International partner) has teams in 37 countries across the world, working with partners to transform millions of lives every year by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

Are you a Scout leader looking to take action on a canal or river near you?

Here are two great ways to get started:


Last date edited: 24 August 2016