Between 2014 and 2017, a training programme was run for volunteers, staff, local groups and individuals involved with Living Wandle.

The aim was to boost people’s ability to deliver better projects and improve the skills of local people already volunteering along the river.


Offering training to lots of different people proved a useful way of sharing skills between groups and forming new working relationships, building on the legacy of partnership working in the Wandle Valley.

Some examples of training delivered through Living Wandle are:

  • NPTC Accredited Safe Use of Chainsaw and Equipment
  • Audio Capture and Digital Recording
  • Identifying Birds by Sight and Sound
  • Landscape Character Assessment
  • Delivering Guided Walks
  • Safeguarding and Child Protection
  • Accredited Safe Application of Pesticides (to tackle INNS)

Between September 2014 and November 2017:

  • 2,230 volunteers were trained
  • 277 staff attended a course or workshop
  • 79 different types of training delivered
  • Almost 10,000 days of learning were committed by the community to improve their knowledge or skills

For current opportunities to volunteer in the Wandle Valley please visit the Volunteer Pages.


This project is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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