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A group of young people have created a new piece of wall art at the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port to celebrate the start of a major new youth volunteering project and to brighten up a graffiti-covered canal tunnel. Funded by v, the National Young Volunteers Service and the Bank of America and run by The Waterways Trust and British Waterways, The Waterways Action Squad is a growing group of young volunteers aged between 16 and 25 who want to get involved in the care and promotion of canals and rivers in the North West.
The colourful new mural is underneath a road bridge alongside the Shropshire Union Canal and is on the route of the Museum’s trip boat. It was designed and executed by nine young people, aged between 22 and 25 years, from Manchester, Sefton, Chester and Liverpool. The painting is made up of five panels depicting different aspects of waterway life: industrial heritage, recreation and leisure; life on a boat; the museum and youth volunteering.
Victoria Kastenbauer, who led the design process, was one of the nine volunteers involved. She’s aged 23, is from Manchester and is a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art. Victoria explains: “Creating this bright painting, which now obscures some ugly graffiti, has been both great fun and a valuable experience for my CV. After an inspiring tour of the museum and a ride on the museum’s trip boat ‘Centaur’ we sketched out our ideas and got together to discuss them. Once we’d agreed the final design, we divided up the work and starting painting. We hope everyone who visits the Museum will enjoy our bright designs and their message that the canals are wonderful!”
Over the next two years, the Waterways Action Squad and v will offer over 570 volunteering opportunities giving young people the chance to develop a range of practical and life skills. The activities will range from one-off taster sessions, like the mural project, to part-time