Boost Participants by digging, weeding and planting vegetation alongside Sheffield and Tinsley canal

Case Study: Canal River Trust Project

01 Apr 2019

Endeavour’s Project BOOST has embarked on a new social action project in partnership with Canal and River Trust, a charity which strives to protect and improve waterways.

BOOST learners have been developing their conservation and gardening skills by digging, weeding and planting vegetation alongside Sheffield and Tinsley canal. The canal had previously been subject to fly tipping and litter blowing into it due to a large roadside open space. To combat this issue, the Boosters have planted a hedge to act as a barrier between the road and water, with the aim of preventing the water pollution from continuing.

In the coming weeks, the group will be planting a wild seed area in a bankside currently overgrown with thorn bushes. This will attract more wildlife to the area, increasing biodiversity. We also aim to situate a bench in this space, so that people who work nearby will be able to visit on a lunch break. This has the potential to improve mental wellbeing for those in the area through better-quality outdoor engagement.

Not only does the project provide conservation-based work experience, it also provides BOOST participants with social skills, as they step out of their comfort zone to engage with new people and activities they would not normally do. It is also educationally beneficial, as boosters learn about wildlife and the importance of a healthy ecosystem.

BOOST SY Project Coordinator, Nicola Lane, spoke of the project. “The group has worked hard through all different kinds of weather. They never give up and always remain in high spirits. The project benefits them socially, improves both mental and physical health, plus also prevents loneliness. It has also enabled them to learn work experience skills, such as how to use gardening tools. All this, while achieving positive social action of enhancing a local area.”

BOOST is a project fully funded by the Big Lottery Fund, for 18-25 year olds with mild to moderate learning difficulties. Its focus is on boosting confidence and self-esteem through adventurous activities, whilst also developing employability skills through social action and enterprise, preparing them for the world of work.

For details of how to get involved with the BOOST project, or to find out more information, contact Nicola Lane on 07734 855650.

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