Conservation volunteering can provide many secondary benefits including increasing employability. Volunteers build skills including communication, team work, project management, presentation and conservation. Our Access programme acts as a platform to move into further volunteering, employment or education.
During the six-week scheme, participants spend two days a week taking part in practical conservation tasks on the Trust's nature reserves. They also design, budget and carry out a specific project to improve an area of a chosen reserve for wildlife, then present on it upon completion.
Volunteers carry out tasks on our nature reserves such as scrub removal, invasive species control and improving the access for the public by building paths and steps. Alongside the practical work volunteers improve their employability skills by gaining in confidence, learning how to work as a team and how to make presentations. Health and Safety is also covered including completing risk assessments, all important aspects to add to a CV or talk about at a job interview.
Volunteers on our Access programme come from very different backgrounds and hope to gain very different things. Some want to gain experience within the conservation sector, improve their confidence, meet new people or secure a solid reference. See what some of our volunteers have to say.
The programme has meant I have been able to try new things and enjoy the outdoors. It has been great to meet new people and make new friends. As a result of the programme I am now starting my new job in social care and taking more knowledge with me.
I have really enjoyed working outside and meeting people on this programme. It has given me a chance to improve my identification skills, following my degree, as well as the opportunity to network with people in the industry. This course has opened up new opportunities, especially within Cheshire Wildlife Trust, I will continue volunteering to gain enough experience to work in this industry.
I got lots of things out of coming to the programme, but the best thing was learning to work as a team.
I came onto the programme because I wanted to commit my time to something interesting and valuable, as well as gaining new skills to apply to my CV. Having a new experience to add to my university personal statement is brilliant. I have been able to get over some social anxiety and have improved my communication and team work skills.
We have run Access programmes in Chester, Ellesmere Port, Northwich and Winsford, Congleton and Warrington. We have strong links with the Job Centre Plus as referral partners as well as other local organisations and also utilise social media. Access programmes are reliant upon securing funding. See below if there are any that are currently recruiting or running.
The programme will run on Wednesdays and Thursdays for six weeks, starting in Autumn 2018. It’ll be on several sites across Stockport, where we will meet at 10am each morning. We will aim to finish by 3pm. The majority of the tasks will be restoring meadows and orchards across the Borough, along with some invasive species control and finishing with a project to reseed and create species-rich grassland on one of the sites.
If you're interested in volunteering on our Stockport Access programme:
Email Adam Linnet on firstname.lastname@example.org
Call 01948 820728
Our Stockport Access programme is funded by the Transpennine Express Transform Fund.
Volunteering at Cheshire Wildlife Trust is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund through our project Natural Futures.