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University of Nottingham joined SCC to volunteer for the Canal & River Trust

It was great for a number of SCC staff to connect in Nottingham for a volunteer day with long standing customer and charity partner, the Canal & River Trust.

The Canal & River Trust (CRT) is responsible for the maintenance and management of 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales. SCC employees have the chance to use their volunteering day to support charitable organisations and a number of our staff volunteered to take part in a range of activities to rejuvenate the canals including; litter picking, vegetation and towpath maintenance, painting and much more.

Part of SCC’s Corporate and Social Responsibility programme is committing to being active in the community and being environmentally responsible. We work with local people and places to connect our business to the communities it works within.

The stretch of canal in Nottingham volunteers cleaned up is frequently used by university students and commuters getting to and from areas of the city. To show their support our customer University of Nottingham’s Infrastructure Service Manager came to lend our volunteers a hand.

Although this area is heavily used by students and commuters, volunteers said that there was very little litter meaning they could concentrate on the bigger projects like clearing the pathways of overgrown vegetation and re-painting signs. Volunteer work like this is vital for the Canal & River Trust in their mission to ‘make life better by water’.

Scott Miller, Business & Corporate Engagement Partner for the Canal & River Trust, said: “We had a great day with the team from SCC and we’re really grateful for all their hard work. Thanks to their efforts the access down onto the canal is looking so much tidier and more inviting. As a charity this kind of community action is vital in keeping the canal special for wildlife and all the people that enjoy it as a space for boosting their physical and mental health.”

Richard Reader, Head of Public Sector SCC said: “I’m constantly impressed and delighted by the commitment of SCC staff to the Canal Clearance work. To also work together with our friends from University of Nottingham is a template that I hope we can repeat with many of our customers in the future. The urban waterways are precious places for so many people and we can’t take them for granted. I strongly urge everyone to get involved with our next projects and heartily applaud those who have already taken the plunge (literally!).”

Tags: canal & river trust, University of Nottingham, volunteering


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