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The River Stewardship Company

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Social enterprise that improves and maintains waterways and associated green spaces across Yorkshire. We run regular conservation based volunteer days. All tools and equipment provided. Travel expenses covered. Refreshments included.

Casual Volunteer 2020/21

This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2020 and 30 Dec 2021.

River Stewardship Company (RSC) run volunteer days on the River Don in Sheffield to manage litter and debris and to clear vegetation. The aim is to create a biodiverse river that can be enjoyed by the general public as well as control flood risk.

Volunteer days currently run every Tuesday, at various points along the river Don, 10am - 1pm. We provide all tools and equipment, as well as safety and hygeine equipment due to covid-19, but ask that you wear sturdy boots and clothing appropriate for the weather. 

Register as a volunteer and sign up to our mailing list by clicking here. You will then receive emails about upcoming volunteer days and can sign up to a session.

Upcoming volunteer days will be also advertised regularly on Facebook, through which you can register. You can follow us at

To ensure everyone's safety, we are still restricting numbers and asking people to adhere to social distancing and hygine guidelines. Volunteers will need to follow the Government’s Rule of 6 and local instructions. Due to guidelines, it is ESSENTIAL that you register and sign up to the specific session so that we can limit attendees and ensure everyones safety.


The River Stewardship Company manages the Riverlution programme, which offers regular volunteer days in partnership with several organisations, to help protect waterways for people and wildlife. There’s always something to get involved from litter picking and debris removal to scrub clearance and vegetation management. 

What skills do I need?

No skills or experience is necessary - just enthusiasm and a positive attitude! All equipment and supervision is provided but we recommend wearing all-weather clothing and sturdy footwear.

What will I gain?

Physical activity in the natural environment; meeting new people and reduced social isolation; making a difference to our local environment for both people and wildlife.

Training and support

We provide training in the use of hand tools and safe working near rivers. We provide ongoing support to volunteers and are able to assist with travel costs if necessary.

Time commitment

Weekly on Tuesdays 10am - 1pm. Attendance can be regular or as a one-off - You must sign up to every individual session before attending.







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Various locations along the Lower Don Valley River, Sheffield.

Travel information

The exact location of each Sheffield City Centre has excellent travel links. Most sites are on a bus or cycle route along the Five Weirs Walk.
  • CausesCommunity events and festivals, Environment and conservation, Social isolation
  • FrequencyEvery week
  • WhenTuesday morning, Tuesday afternoon
  • Skills and InterestsHands-on tasks, Outdoors, Teamwork
  • Careers and AspirationsThird sector and charity work

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