19 October 2011
Local volunteers are being called upon to help make the Coventry Canal a cleaner, greener place to visit by taking part in a canal clean-up.
Potential volunteers are being encouraged to give up just a few hours on Make a Difference Day on 29th October to help make the canal a more welcoming place for people and wildlife.
The activity, organised by Voluntary Action Coventry and British Waterways (BW), will see volunteers clearing litter from the towpath and even taking to a BW workboat to clear litter from the water and areas not accessible by foot.
Make a Difference Day is organised by CSV, the UK’s leading volunteering and training charity, and provides thousands of people across the country with the opportunity to try out volunteering. More than three quarters of a million people have taken part since the launch of CSV Make a Difference Day in 1996, and thousands more are expected to give time rather than money to improve their local community this year.
Stuart Collins, volunteer leader for British Waterways, said; “We’re looking forward to taking part in Make a Difference Day. We’re keen for local communities to play a more active role in caring for their local canal and hopefully this event will give them a taste of the great sense of achievement at improving their local environment as well as the opportunity to meet new people and hopefully have some fun”.
Chris Clough, Volunteer Centre Support Officer, said; “This is a great way to get involved and ‘make a difference’ in Coventry. We are hoping that this event will lead to more regular events, especially in the run-up to the Olympics coming to Coventry next year. We’re hoping that volunteers can play a big part in making the towpaths more accessible for cyclists and walkers”.
The canal clean-up will be taking place between 10am and 3pm on Saturday 29th October at the Canal Basin, Coventry and Swan Lane. Anyone wishing to take part in the clean-up can do so by contacting The Volunteer Centre Coventry who are located at 26 City Arcade, Coventry, CV1 3HW (opposite Argos) on 024 7622 0381 or [email protected] or register online at www.do-it.org.uk.