Blue Social Prescribing

Stand up Paddleboarding session

For more information, please contact Sean Payne at the Canal and River Trust on:

07795 057198

In Leicestershire we have just started offering Waterways Well-being activities.  We’re working in partnership with the Canal and River trust to hold socially prescribed canoe, paddle board and walking sessions in South Leicestershire. These session aim to give people who are feeling stressed, anxious or social isolated the opportunity to enjoy some ‘me’ time, whilst relaxing and talking to like minded people along our beautiful canals and rivers.

We want as many people as possible to feel the difference by making canals and rivers part of their daily lives.

Sean PayneCanal and River trust


Paddle boarding and Canoeing

The canal and river trust have both paddle board and canoe well-being sessions taking place at several locations around south Leicestershire. These short 5-week courses, are aimed at people who may be feeling anxious, stressed, isolated or for those who want to improve their physical health. The Canal and River Trust give people an opportunity to learn a new skill and socialise in a blue/green space, because life is better by the water.

Uptake for our activities is gradually growing and everyone who has attended them finishes with a combination of emotions a feeling of relaxed oneness to nature and the environment but also enthused and energised, often looking forward to their next opportunity to get back out on the water.

Below are the upcoming paddle board sessions. These programmes last for 5 weeks. Make sure to keep an eye on our website for future courses.

Canoeing- Starting 27th June

Kilby Bridge

Tuesday- 6:30-8:30pm

Booking - see details at the bottom of the page

Paddle Boarding - Starting 6th June

Kilby Bridge

Tuesday - 6:30-8:30pm

Booking - see details at the bottom of the page

Paddle Boarding- Starting 13th June

Market Harborough Union Wharf

Tuesday- 10:30am-12:30pm

Booking - see details at the bottom of the page

Paddle Boarding- Starting 23rd August

Market Harborough Union Wharf

Wednesday- 6:00-8:00pm

Booking - see details at the bottom of the page

“Being on water is like being in a different world, with none of the speed/chaos of everyday life”

Craft Sessions

Join the Canal and River Trust for their Wellbeing craft sessions at Foxton Locks! Running in collaboration with Foxton Canal Museum, the free craft sessions will give you the opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills in a small, informal group session- all whilst enjoying the amazing local waterways. Sessions will run every Thursday 10am-12pm for 6 weeks starting on the 8th of June.

Wellbeing Craft sessions - starting 8th June

Foxton Locks

Thursdays -10:00am-12:00pm

Booking - see details at the bottom of the page

Booking Info

If you are interested in any of the activities above, you can fill in the self referral form below and email it to Sean Payne on to speed up your referral.

Alternatively, you can email Sean directly on and he will assist you with completing a referral.

Self Referral Form- Water wellbeing sessions

Self Referral Form- Water wellbeing sessions

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