Supporting UK Trusts, Partnerships and Community Groups

Training > RRC Community Engagement  

In 2015 the RRC secured new funding from The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to provide free support to UK trusts, partnerships and community groups delivering local river restoration projects.  We aim to create a support system of advice, guidance and training for these community-led restoration efforts, and influence national policy on river improvements.

News and events regular updates on our Esmée Fairbairn programme 

River Champions - the River Champion recognition award was set up by RRC to acknowledge the voluntary efforts of individuals improving rivers for both wildlife and people in their local catchment.  The 2017 River Champions were recognised at the UK River Prize dinner on the 4th April.  

2017/18 joint events on integrated catchment delivery - after the success of the 2016 joint events, there are now 14 days of free events over the next year aiming to build relationships among groups within and between catchments and share evidence and learning at the catchment scale.

Free advice and project support

The RRC can provide free expert desk and site based project support for trusts and community groups across the UK.  We can help in various ways, from answering technical questions to reviewing project proposals.  

Support is given on a first-come first-served basis.  If you think you might be eligible for some support please contact providing some information on your current/planned projects. 

Have a look at our flyer to find out more about how we can help your organisation >>

RRC is also part of the CaBA mentoring scheme in England. Find out more here >>

Free guidance resources and training 

The RRC run regular free training courses for small community groups and trusts working in river restoration and produce guidance factsheets and videos which are free to view and download.

The training courses aim to enhance technical knowledge and skills required to manage and deliver projects.  If you have a training course  or event you would like the RRC to run, contact us.  Find out more about our previous training courses here.

The introductory factsheets and videos provide an overview of things to consider when planning, implementing and evaluating a river restoration project.  We regularly add new resources to these libraries so come back and check or follow us on Twitter to keep up to date.

Training courses

Introductory factsheets

Introductory videos


How to get involved in river restoration 

Get involved

Community engagement and involvement in river restoration is key to the success of a project.   There are many different ways you can get involved in restoring the health of your local river.  Follow this page to find out how you could help and find information on how to report an issue with you local waterway >>

Restoration Near You

There are many river restoration trusts across the UK, in both rural and urban settings, working on restoration projects.  Many also have monthly clean-up events which are always great fun to get involved with.  This page provides information on how to find river restoration happening in your area >>

Get Started

If you wish to start up your own project or community group we have the information you need to do it!  This page provides detailed information on what river restoration is, how to understand rivers and how to plan, manage and evaluate restoration projects yourself.  Also find case studies of previous projects and links to public information on catchments throughout the UK >>

Influencing policy  

The varying scales of organisations engaged in river restoration, from government agencies to small trusts and community groups, mean they have different resources in terms of funding and support We aim to influence national policy on river restoration to ensure trusts, partnerships and community groups receive the resources they need.

Further information

We will continue to update this page as resources and training courses become available.  Please conact us if you require further information. View other useful RRC resources and events including

  • The RRC Annual Network Conference >>
  • Our top ten tips to deliver a river restoration project >>
  • The Manual of River Restoration Techniques >>
  • The Monitoring planner >>
  • RRC, CaBA and Environment Agency 'Strengthening objective setting, monitoring and evaluation' >>

Thank you to the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for their generous support