Get Involved: Volunteer or make a donation

There are so many different ways that you can get involved in helping to conserve the river corridor between Weybridge, Hampton and Kew ranging from volunteering, making a donation or working in the busy TLS office.   The Thames Landscape Strategy is the main provider of practical conservation work along the Thames in our region clocking up a staggering 250,000 volunteer hours in just over ten years.  This work relies on the generous contributions of our supporters.  Click here to find out how you can help by either volunteering or donating to our charity The Father Thames Trust.

 

 

Make a Donation

Our work is only possible because of the generosity of our funders and through the unique way that the Strategy is funded.  As well as supporting the day-to-day running of the small but dynamic organisation, private and business contributions are used as match funding to partner monies and to unlock larger funding pots from grant giving trusts.  In this way even small contributions can go a long way.  Without these funds it is unlikely that few of the improvements along the river we enjoy today would be possible.  There is no statutory remit for any of the main riparian owners to carry out this type of work.

The funding partners provide just over half the funds needed to run the small, dynamic office through their contributions.  We need to raise the remainder each year just to keep us going.

You can help us by making a donation and don’t forget, if you are a UK tax payer, we can turn your £10 donation into £12.50, with Gift Aid, adding even more value to your donation at no extra cost to you.

There are many ways for you to donate to the Thames Landscape Strategy through our preferred charity: The Father Trust.

TEXT: The easiest way to donate to the Father Thames Trust  is by using your mobile phone. Simply text TTLS01 followed by the amount you would like to donate (up to £10) to the following number 70070 (a free phone number). Your donation will be deducted from your next phone bill.

ONLINE: If you would like to make a donation to us online, please visit our page at Just Giving https://www.justgiving.com/fatherthamestrust  Click the link to the left of the JustGiving page where it says  ‘Make a donation’. 

You will have the option of making either a single or monthly donation, a regular donation enables us to better plan for our future work.

BY POST:  To make a donation by cheque, please print out the donations form and return with the completed gift aid form with your donation to The Father Thames Trust at:

The Father Thames Trust, c/o 17 Old Palace Lane, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1PG

For further information please contact the Father Thames Trust at 020 8940 0654

The Father Thames Trust is registered with the England and Wales Charity Commission registration number: 1054655 and works with the Thames Landscape Strategy as its charitable arm

If you would like to make a donation click here for details or phone/email The Coordinator on 07761169343 j.debney@gmail.com

Donations Form

LEGACIES:  Legacies can play an important part in helping the Thames Landscape Strategy’s work to conserve and enhance the Arcadian Thames. Making a will or an amendment to an existing will is more straight forward and less expensive than you might think (although it is recommended that you use a professional legal advisor such as a solicitor when drawing up your will).  Any legacy that you would kindly wish to leave the Thames Landscape Strategy should be directed through the Father Thames Trust.  If you wish, you may stipulate any particular aspect of our work that you would like to form your legacy.

You will need to provide the Father Thames Trust’s full details:

The Father Thames Trust, c/o 17 Old Palace Lane, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1PG

The Father Thames Trust is registered with the England and Wales Charity Commission registration number: 1054655 and works with the Thames Landscape Strategy as its charitable arm

If after reading these you have any further questions about legacies please phone Jason Debney, TLS Co-ordinator on 020 8940 0654 or 07761169343

If you value the work that has been carried out by the Thames Landscape Strategy and wish to see the enhancements sustained we need your help.  Donations can be made to the Father Thames Trust – the charitable arm of the Thames Landscape Strategy.

 

Volunteering

The TLS volunteering programme runs from November to March and during late May and June each year. During the winter months we will be busy enhancing habitats, digging scrapes and ponds or simply picking up rubbish or maintaining vegetation.  In the summer months we tend to concentrate on the control of invasive species – particularly Himalayan balsam.   In between these periods there are the events, regattas and river races we attend.  Volunteers are always needed to help at these.

In the freshwater reaches, the TLS has teamed up with the Surrey Care Trust to deliver our programme of activities working from their community narrow boat Swingbridge II.  This gives s a dry base with toilet and tool store from which to work from – literally cruising our way to the designated work area.  There is no better way to start a days work.  Swingbridge II works closely with the Probation Teams, volunteers work alongside community service workers clearing the riverbanks.

Downstream of Teddington things are a bit more rustic. We work from a tent ensuring that the first activity of the day is to make a dry camp and chop just enough wood to make a warming fire to boil hot water for our tea and coffee.

 

The 2014/15 Winter  Volunteer Programme

Download the calendar here TLS Volunteer Programme

Booking is necessary for these events, please contact rebecca.law@richmond.gov.uk for details

 

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