Become a guardian of our waterways by creating a local campaign for Clear Access Clear Water. We need you to spread the word. Together we can make more of an impact than on our own.
Working together, whether that be with a paddling club or centre, social group, MPs, local councillors, or decision makers, we can make a difference. Help us build a brighter future for paddlers and waterways in England.
Tips for creating a local campaign
Firstly, get some help from us and sign up to become a Campaigner. You’ll receive regular updates and resources to help you campaign effectively.
Secondly, a local campaign is about talking to people about why access to your local waterway is important to YOU. This is key. How would not accessing your river or lake impact you? Do you walk and relax there or go paddling there? Talk about the importance to you of not being able to access that space.
Download our Toolkit here. Contains fact sheet, poster, and powerpoint presentation.
Once you’ve found your message and your voice, engage people in conversation and talk. Here’s some ideas to get you started about how and where you can talk:
- Tweet or email your local MP and talk about the access situation in your area
- Link people with their local waterway and get them talking. If you’re part of a club or centre, open days including litter cleanups are a great way to get locals passionate about their waterway.
- Give a presentation or talk to a local group. Think about local conservation groups or outdoor groups like open water swimmers or climbing groups. Also think about the local community and inspire them to want to take action. Village halls will often host WI meetings for example, a great way to mobilise and inspire local communities into action.
- Join a formal location partnership with an interest in access, waterways or environment. These could include local access forums, river trust groups or your local Wildlife Trust.
- Promote Clear Access Clear Waters in your club or paddling group. Spread the word through talking to people or putting up posters and holding talks to your fellow paddlers. You might want to introduce a notice board where you can promote the Clear Access Clear Waters work going on at the club too.