Our work with children and young people has been vital in engaging the local community in our work, whilst providing a platform for outdoor education.

There are many ways in which young people can benefit from volunteering including:

  • Making a positive difference to their community
  • Building teamworking skills, gaining confidence and increasing self-esteem
  • Learning new skills and knowledge
  • Meeting and working alongside people of all ages
  • Enhancing curriculum learning, life skills and employability
  • Becoming part Cody Dock’s legacy
  • Having fun and making friends
  • Learning more about and becoming more connected to the area where they live

If you represent a school, youth group or higher education institution and wish to get involved in activities here, please get in touch by emailing [email protected] or calling 020 7473 0429 for a chat.

Alternatively follow the link to fill in the expression of interest form!

Outdoor Education

We offer unique opportunity to provide students of all ages an outdoor learning experience, in a interesting urban environment. This can include: Getting involved in our Conservation & Citizen Science project; learning about our waterways and wildlife; exploring the area’s social history; working on construction and restoration projects; learning field skills or taking part in forest schools.

We offer a varitey of interesting spaces to carry out the sessions, from our Community Boat, to our Outdoor Classroom. Click here to find out more about hiring these spaces.


As an organisation we put the community at the very heart of what we do. To reflect this, we organise regular community events over the year – opening our doors and welcoming people in to enjoy whatever occasion we are celebrating.

We love to include performances from local schools so if your choir are keen to get on the road or a dance troupe itching to take part we would love to have them on board.

Work Experience

Get involved in our Volunteering Opportunities, or support us in research and development or help us with the day to day administration of our organisation.

Over the years we have had a number of graduates, work placement interns and students get involved and join our team. We specialise in areas such as local history and heritage, environment and ecology, construction and maintenance and architecture. We always support the work produced by students and groups and aim to display all of the outcomes.
Click here to fill in our expression of interest form.


Here at Cody Dock we are constantly looking at ways to bring together different partners to work on projects which will benefit the wider community.

This could involve anything from taking part in joint clean ups events, to creating habitats such as giant bug hotels.

Students can get out of the classroom and enjoy doing something practical which will enhance the topics they are learning at school.

Citizen Science

Each year we invite schools and the community on to our site to help us with the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. The Big Garden Birdwatch is the world’s largest mass participation in citizen science.

At Cody Dock we use citizen science as a tool to carry out ecological surveys and audits, this data is used to inform the development of the local area including our own 2.5-acre site.  The involvement of universities, colleges and local schools is always welcome, join us in the development process, or just take part!
We continue to expand the project, contact [email protected] to get involved.


From time to time we have opportunities to work with partner to deliver workshops for young people. These can be fun and engaging and compliment what is being delivered in schools as part of the national curriculum or can support extra curricular learning.

In the past we have: created a series of short stop animation videos with a renowned film animator;  and carried out a series of upcycling and sustainable workshops at our community events. We continue to develop these sorts of activities and would like to offer opportunities to schools and youth groups for the benefit of young people!