Strategic objectives

The following long-term strategic objectives have been agreed by Trustees. By 2025:

  • 500,000 children and young people, reflective of the range of communities we serve, will each year broaden their learning and improve their skills through our waterways, museums and attractions
  • 1 million children and young people each year will engage with us through volunteering, arts, education and learning, sports, cultural activities, and social action
  • 150,000 hours of youth social action each year. In recent years we've seen a dramatic increase in both the number of young people getting involved with us and the range and diversity of youth activities and opportunities we offer.

With a national youth lead, as well as youth and community events coordinators in each region, we’ve been working hard to get fully ‘youth fit’. We’ve been updating our policies and safeguarding systems, providing guidance and training for colleagues and volunteers, and, of course, talking to young people about their needs, interests and aspirations. 

There is already lots of great work happening across the waterways, particularly in the form of youth social action delivered by local volunteering teams and projects.

Working with partners including the National Citizen Service, the Scouts and the Duke of Edinburgh Award, we're able to reach new audiences and develop a distinct and diverse youth offer. Our partner work also helps us to make real progress towards our ambition to engage a million children and young people a year by 2025.

Last date edited: 22 September 2020