The Streamkeepers programme aims to rebuild the relationships people have with their rivers and each other, boosting well-being and community cohesion in the process.
On a cross-border basis across the Foyle area, inter-generational groups will have the opportunity to discover, explore and learn about their local watercourse. Individuals will meet in the vicinity of this shared natural resource and organically build sustainable relationships and connections with each other and other communities throughout the catchments.
The programme is geographically spread across two cross-border catchments and uses the river system as the metaphor and mechanism through which we can demonstrate how we are all connected and interdependent. The programme will have four distinct elements involving the exploration of rivers, discovering their journey through time while exploring positive connections. It will be facilitated by Agency staff and relevant experts.
Waterway action plans and clean-up projects create valuable positive learning experiences while improving the welfare of the environment and local community.
Loughs Agency will provide Streamkeepers groups with relevant facilitated workshop and a toolkit containing useful information, contacts and checklists to help organise an environmental action event from beginning to end. Loughs Agency will also be providing groups with helpful advice, guidance and necessary equipment such as litter picks, gloves, high visibility vests and rubbish bags.