Being a charity, we are run by a Board of Trustees, all of whom give their time and effort voluntarily. The trustees set the general direction of the trust and put in place policies and procedures designed to protect our staff and volunteers, whilst ensuring the long-term viability of the trust. They develop the trusts aims, objectives, and goals in accordance with the governing document, legal and regulatory guidelines. Our trustees have a wide range of expertise, as you can see from the individual profiles here. The Board meets every two months with occasional sub-groups to deal with specific issues.
As a registered charity, our activities are regulated by the Charity Commission for England and Wales. We are also a Company Limited by Guarantee and so have to operate in line with company law.
We work with a wide range of partners including government agencies and other organisations, individuals and local community groups with the aim of delivering a sustainable and integrated approach to managing our rivers and the surrounding land. Working in partnership is essential to enable us to deliver innovative and creative environmental projects in our rivers, their catchments and local communities.
We take our Health and Safety, Safeguarding and GDPR responsibilities very seriously. Our activities are risk assessed and we provide appropriate personal protective equipment. Volunteers are expected to follow the guidance of leaders, including wearing equipment such as lifejackets when provided, to help keep themselves safe. Volunteering should take place in an environment in which you feel safe. Everyone deserves the right to be treated with respect. If you have any concerns about the welfare or behaviour of other volunteers or staff members, please contact our Safeguarding Lead Wendy Robinson.
Data about you and your volunteering is stored electronically in a password protected environment. We may use photos from events to publicise our work, on our website and in reports to funders. Please let a member of staff know if you do not wish your photos to be used in this way.
We believe in being an open, accountable organisation and links to our operating policies can be found below.