Our commitment to the communities we are working in is that we will deliver our work with care and consideration and leave a lasting, positive legacy for London.
Through our community programme we work with a number of charities, including Thames21, London Youth Rowing and other charitable organisations based near our work sites, to help them deliver benefits to communities. Tideway staff volunteer their time to support these organisations and all of this work is aimed at re-connecting Londoners with the River Thames.
In 2018/19 Tideway staff volunteered 10,403 hours of their time to support our communities.
Thames River Watch
Thames River Watch, run by environmental charity Thames21, is a ‘citizen science’ project funded by Tideway that involves community volunteers from across London helping to improve the public’s understanding of the health of the Thames and the challenges it faces. In 2018 Tideway was proud to be named ‘Corporate Citizen of the Year’ at the Evening Standard Business Awards, in recognition of our work with Thames21.
In 2018 the programme had 531 community volunteers who held 31 foreshore clean-ups, with Tideway volunteers holding a further 19 clean-ups. The programme collected more than 36,000 plastic bottles, 40% of them were water bottles.
London Youth Rowing (LYR) aims to get children active through indoor and outdoor rowing. Tideway and Sport England fund LYR’s flagship programme, called Active Row. The programme engaged over 4,500 young people aged 11 to 18, with 50% of them female and 60% from a BAME background. The on-water part of the programme, takes place at eight venues on, or near, the river and in 2018 the first two ‘beginners’ regattas’ were held at Shadwell and Putney.
Tideway’s staff have chosen three charity partners which they support through fundraising and volunteering. These are the Single Homeless Project, which supports homeless people across London; Drive Forward Foundation, which supports care leavers aged 16 to 24 who are looking for employment; and South London Cares, a community network of younger professionals and older neighbours helping one another in Southwark and Lambeth.