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International Volunteer Day

IVD 2018 - Volunteers build Resilient Communities

“The diverse and dynamic role of volunteerism in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals merits strong support from Governments and other stakeholders. On this International Day, I thank volunteers for their efforts to leave no one behind.” — António Guterres, UN Secretary-General

International Volunteer Day (IVD) mandated by the UN General Assembly, is held each year on 5 December. It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organisations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private sector.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the volunteers in Lewisham (not just those who work in the parks and nature reserves) for all the hard work that you do. You all do a fantastic job and the work you do is invaluable.

Come rain or shine you are there with a smile!

Come rain or shine you are there with a smile!

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River Pool Conservation Days

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Clearing the secondary channel in Ladywell Fields

Join Thames 21 for some fun clean up in the River Pool

Linear Park (Catford)
River Pool Conservation Days (Every Wednesday)

• Volunteer and discover the River Pool through Linear Park, Catford.
• Help shed more light on the river and improve its bio-diversity for plants and animals
• Maintain and improve the footpath along the river
• Build flow deflectors and berms in the river channel to increase flow diversity
• Other tasks include scrub removal, tree pruning and litter clearance
• All welcome, all equipment provided, just wear old clothes and bring lots of enthusiasm.

Every Wednesday, 10-3pm, stay as long as you like.
Tea provided all day

Meet 9.30 at Winsford Road Bridge on the Waterlink Way.

For more information on upcoming events please contact Vic Richardson
07973 442219

This Project is Sponsored by Lewisham Council


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New RBSM Programme now available

Clearing the secondary channel in Ladywell Fields

Clearing the secondary channel in Ladywell Fields

The January – March 2017 RBSM programme is now available.  If you are new to the River Bankside Sessions, please check out our How to get Involved,  FAQ and River Volunteering pages where hopefully you will find all the information that you need.  If after reading this you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us.  You can also read a little about the team that you’ll be working with.


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October – December 2015 River Bankside programme now available

Help clear up the rivers of Lewisham

Help clear up the rivers of Lewisham

The new programme of events for the River Bankside sessions is now available. If you are interested it attending one of these sessions, please read the River Volunteering page on our blog. Here you will find a lot of information on how to take part.  We look forward to seeing you soon!