Spring clean at canal

Public services students volunteering on canals

Public services students volunteering on canals

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STUDENTS have been commended for their efforts in cleaning up the canal.

Wigan and Leigh College youngsters have been praised for their volunteer work regenerating a neglected stretch of canal around the DW Stadium.

This is after the Council received numerous complaints regarding the amount of litter on the stretch.

Katie Jackson, volunteer leader at the Canal and River Trust said: “The students were great to work with and it was so refreshing to see young people join forces with our older volunteers. The clean-up made such a difference and while work was being carried out, passers-by congratulated the students for playing their part in making the canal route, renowned for litter, a much more pleasant area to walk, jog and cycle.”

The students, gained a place with the Canal and River Trust’s towpath walkway team of volunteers as part of the volunteering aspect of the course.

Eighteen pupils joined the Trust’s regular volunteers to clean up the walkway. Previous to the clean-up, the high amount of litter on the stretch was down to the high numbers of people who use it, particularly on match days.

In just one day, the team of volunteers managed to clear 40 bin bags of litter, filled numerous wheelie bins and retrieved road signs and cones from the area.

Ursula Hoyles, public services lecturer, Wigan and Leigh College said: “This is the first time students from the course have been involved with this particular initiative. Volunteering is an important element of the course as it allows students who want a career in public services to understand their community, such real-life experience can really enhance their future employability.

“Due to such positive feedback from the leaders and the benefits volunteering can bring; we are keen to continue the relationship with the Canal and River Trust.”