Young Sefton residents have ‘adopted’ a stretch of the Leeds Liverpool Canal in an effort to help people with mental health issues.
Scouts from the Thornton based, 4th Crosby & District St William of York group have helped to transform the location by organising litter-picks and planting flowers. They invite locals who may have mental health problems to join them in the hope that they may be encouraged to talk openly or simply to get outside and enjoy the space.
Working in partnership with other agencies, including: The Canal & River Trust, The Desmond Family Canoe Trail, Mind and Merseyside Police, the scouts pledged to create a space where people could go and talk.
The project formed part of ‘A Million Hands, a national initiative that has encourage half a million scouts to work together to make a difference in their local community.
The adopted section can be found near Rimrose Valley Country Park in Litherland, not far from the bridge by Kirkstone Road West.
If you or your organisation would like to get involved in the project, please contact Catherine Ashcroft – 4th Crosby & District Scout Group (St William of York): gsl4thCrosby@live.co.uk