Wanted: River rescuers
THE hunt is on for volunteers to stand up for – and in – the city’s waterways
Anglian Water is on the hunt for volunteers to help expand its successful Rivercare scheme in Peterborough.
Working with Keep Britain Tidy, the company has, so far, funded more than 40 Rivercare groups across its region, helping people care for their local stretch of river.
The scheme has been so successful that organisers now want to expand it, with four new groups planned in Peterborough.
They are joining forces with green charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT), whose communities team leader, Maxine Palmer, has been appointed to begin the task of recruiting volunteers to form the core of the new groups.
Maxine said: “At the moment, we are still investigating which parts of the city we are going to focus on. Where we end up depends in large part on the enthusiasm of our volunteers.
“We’re hoping that businesses will support the project and encourage their staff to become volunteers. Athene Communications in Peterborough allows staff to spend a day each year volunteering for good causes, and in 2012 they will be supporting Rivercare in Peterborough.”
Anglian Water’s Rivercare co-ordinator, Kylie Jones, said: “Rivercare is a fantastic way to do something practical to improve your local environment.
“You can get your wellies on and clear the waterways and river banks. You can also help make your community more water-friendly by conserving water and reducing the sewer blockages that can cause flooding and pollution.”
If you’re interested in helping to care for the city’s rivers, call Maxine Palmer on 01733 568408 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. uk