Past youth projects

Find out about some of our past youth engagement projects, including partnerships, and the positive impact they had.

1st Billesley Scout group waving at the camera on the North Stratford Canal 1st Billesley Scouts helping out on the North Stratford Canal

A Million Hands

In autumn 2015 we launched a national partnership project led by the Scouts called ‘A Million Hands’. The aim was to engage half a million young people in social action projects across the country.

Scout groups helped to improve the lives of communities living near our canals and rivers in a range of different ways. During 2019 the project focused on fighting plastic pollution and Scouts were out and about on the towpaths collecting litter.

Construction Youth Trust - Budding Brunels

Budding Brunels is an Open College Network London (OCNL) accredited course that gives young people from a diverse range of disadvantaged backgrounds an insight into the built environment. It consists of a three-day STEM programme run jointly with Construction Youth.

Our first project was in November 2015 and a second project took place in July 2016. This was based around the Carpenters Lock redevelopment at Loughborough University’s London campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Fifteen young people (16-18 years old) from six schools in surrounding boroughs attended. Delivery of the project was supported by 16 of our volunteers.

Dissertations for Good

A National Union of Students initiative, students are connected with organisations to complete research projects together that look into social, economic and environmental sustainability. The students’ work contributes in a tangible way, by producing a report that’s useful for their partnered organisation.

The Stratford 2 Stratford Theatre Company The Stratford 2 Stratford Theatre Company

Stratford 2 Stratford

Stratford 2 Stratford was an exciting new youth arts project in 2015. We took 30 teenagers from Stratford east London to Stratford upon Avon by narrowboat. Along the way they learnt all about the wonders of the canals together with the wonders of Shakespeare, and once they arrived they performed 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' at the Dell and as part of the Stratford River Festival.

We know that sometimes, even when people live close to our canals and rivers, they may not appreciate all that they have to offer. Children growing up in urban areas might go for long stretches without the chance to get close to nature. That’s why we were thrilled to have the chance to introduce an entirely new audience to the beauty of the canals through the Stratford 2 Stratford project.

Last date edited: 19 November 2020