19th Oct 2011
A section of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in Leigh, Greater Manchester, has been adopted by an organisation providing skills and training for employment.
People who are in treatment for substance abuse, or have recently completed their treatment, will have the chance to volunteer on the canal and learn skills to improve their employability. The volunteers will come from the PETE Project, run by Work Solutions, which helps unemployed people back into work.
As part of the adoption programme, Work Solutions will help maintain about a mile of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, running between the town of Leigh and the junction of the Bridgewater Canal.
Improving the canal environment
British Waterways volunteer leader Hazel Mayow says the ‘adoption’ will involve undertaking practical days sprucing up the canalside environment in addition to regularly monitoring its condition.
“We are already planning a hands-on launch for October which will involve a monthly clean-up event. We hope the adoption will help keep the towpath safe and welcoming for the local community to use at the same time as providing an opportunity for the group to get out and learn new skills whilst enjoying the canal environment,” said Hazel.