60 children aged 8-12 years from Tower Hamlets, who had never been on the river before, were treated to a boat trip by the Thames Estuary Partnership (TEP) to teach them about the wonders of the Thames.
The half day trip on 14 August ran from Canary Wharf to Woolwich, passing the Thames Barrier, and was full of activities designed to help the children recognise the wildlife, ships and iconic buildings in and around the Thames. The highlight for many was just being on a boat. Rujina Ali, Community Projects and Partnerships Officer, said: “The boat was amazing! Three floors with lots of kids gave us room to manoeuvre. The children left feedback saying it was one of their favourite trips.”
TEP is also running a hands-on experience in short film-making, with Hermitage Rivers Project, for teenagers in Tower Hamlets. This is part of the outreach of The Living Thames Documentary. Again the aim is to help young people connect with their natural environment, the Thames and ultimately the ocean. Click here to find out more.