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The charity making life better by water

Corporate partnerships

Our partnerships make life better by water by enhancing green and blue spaces, delivering nature-based solutions, and promoting inclusion and wellbeing opportunities for all.

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    We're the charity that looks after 2,000 miles of waterways, and we believe in making life better by water. Our work helps to enhance the well-being of millions of people across England and Wales, providing them with free access to valuable green and blue spaces on their doorstep and giving them the opportunity to relax, de-stress, exercise, and appreciate the vital role that our more than 200-year-old waterways play in the communities they run through.

    Every year, we spend more than 150 million pounds maintaining and improving our network of rivers and canals, and we deliver around 700,000 volunteering hours and engage more than 90,000 children and young people. But we don't do all of this work alone. Our reach into the heart of cities, towns, and villages provides many opportunities for businesses to partner with us. Our partnerships have a strong track record of delivery at a local regional, and national level and can make a real difference in a number of ways. Firstly, they promote health and wellbeing, by using canals and towpaths as free and accessible spaces to exercise, reflect, and recharge, we support people's mental as well as their physical health. They also protect and restore nature on the doorstep of millions of people.

    We invest in waterways as a critical ecological network of green and blue infrastructure, helping to deliver climate action and address the biodiversity emergency. And lastly, our partnerships are able to provide inclusive opportunities using canals as shared places for outdoor learning that engage and inspire people of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds, and enabling social action to preserve them for generations to come.

    I'm Richard Parry. I'm chief executive of the Canal & River Trust, and I'm very proud of our many corporate partnerships. Whether that's keeping our canals and river navigations clear of litter or undertaking environmental improvements there's lots of opportunity to work with us. You can engage, inspire, and motivate your people – whether it's team-building activities out on our canals or employee fundraising. It's also an opportunity to engage with your customers and the local community where you're based to support social action and social inclusion, working with young people to help to develop skills and create opportunities.

    Our partnerships also enable you to contribute to sustainable futures, creating habitats supporting regeneration so that you can transform places and enrich lives. Partnerships are at the core of how we work, building long-term relationships based on shared values, shared purpose and shared objectives. Our approach is to understand your priorities and interests and to explore the opportunities and the benefits that working with the Trust can offer.

    Our national reach, combined with our ability to work at the heart of local communities, makes our offering unique. From employee fundraising and cause-related marketing initiatives through to strategic partnerships and positive brand alignment, we're committed to building partnerships that have a real and lasting impact. To find out more about partnering with us, and to explore the opportunities on offer, please get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

We aspire to work with companies through innovative and long-term relationships that deliver tangible outcomes for people, communities and nature.

Promoting health and wellbeing

Cycling along the Regent's Canal

Canals and rivers play a vital role in promoting the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities, making a positive difference to people's lives. Spending time by water can promote physical health, support mental wellbeing and tackle social isolation. By working with us you can help enhance health and wellbeing opportunities for people and communities in England and Wales.

Protecting and restoring nature

Purple flower with boat in the background

Our canals and rivers provide vital wildlife habitat, help mitigate the impacts of climate change, and are unique places where people connect with nature. We would like to develop partnerships with organisations who share our commitment to deliver nature recovery and tackle climate change, while helping to deliver your sustainability commitments.

Providing inclusive opportunities

Community volunteers planting flowers on the towpath

Our partnerships help provide inclusive opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds to get involved, bringing communities together to transform waterways to create green and blue spaces accessed and enjoyed by everyone. We aim to provide inclusive opportunities and inspire people from all walks of life, including your staff, customers, suppliers and your communities.

Last Edited: 26 January 2024

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