Current volunteer opportunities
Open garden coordinator
Gardens are vital wildlife havens and bring people closer to nature. We are looking to expand our open garden scheme and hope that with your help 2020 will be full of gardens in bloom around Cheshire.
Are you able to help us to plan and coordinate these events?
There are various things to consider when organising an open garden event and much of the work goes on behind the scenes. After holding a number of successful open gardens over the last few years, we have identified a need to take on a few extra pair of hands to help us prepare for 2020.
Much of the role will be working towards the open garden day, communicating with the home owner, working with our communications team to promote the event and supporting the volunteers who will be helping on the day. The roles for volunteers vary however some examples include cakes and refreshments, car parking, children's activities and gate duties.
A full introduction to the role will be given and depending on your start date there will be an opportunity to shadow volunteers and hosts at a planned open garden in July.
Once you have settled into the swing of things, there is also the potential to help the trust identify new supporters and open garden hosts.
This is an opportunity for those great with people and/or planning,
We would love to hear from you at: Volunteering@cheshirewt.org.uk
Events and talks volunteer
We are looking for someone to represent us at events and talks
Are you interested in learning more about the Cheshire Wildlife trust and using that knowledge to represent us at various events around the county. We are always looking for eager volunteers with the gift of the gab to help us to do more for wildlife.
We are keen for our events and talks volunteers to be confident with public speaking, as one of the main roles will be to present talks to organisations such as the WI and Universities or at local community events. We will provide you with the training and shadowing opportunities required to undertake the role of a representative and offer ongoing support throughout your volunteering journey.
Once you have settled into the role of a representative we are keen to start sharing ideas around how to increase our voice in local communities. If this sounds like something you are interested in, then please get in touch!
We are looking for Wellbeing mentors
Wild Wellbeing supports the recovery of those with mild-moderate mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, low mood and stress through engaging them in outdoor activities. Based in Central Cheshire, around Northwich and Winsford our group meets weekly on a Thursday, with a further group being commenced in the Chester and Ellesmere port area on a Tuesday.
Our Wellbeing mentors support our participants through their recovery by connecting with them nature and building meaningful relationships. If you have a background in mental health support, or just an interest in supporting people through their recovery, then this is for you.
We do ask for a commitment of at least one day every two weeks, so please consider this as it is important to provide continuity for our participants.
Please register your interest for this role below
Office and Administration
We are looking for volunteers to help out on a Friday, if you think you might be available then please register your interest below
Our team of reception and office volunteers help out during office hours at our headquarters near Malpas. These vital roles help the smooth running of the organisation and help us be more effective for wildlife. Our volunteers support us with a range of tasks including: answering the phones, general administration, event promotion and creating educational materials.
Forest schools volunteers
We have just recruited for forest school volunteers so this role isn't currently being advertised however in case you are interested for next year;
Forest schools help children to explore woodlands and the natural world. Our volunteers help our Forest School Leaders plan, deliver and prepare environmental games and activities, including fire lighting, using tools, building dens and natural art.
We have just recruited for education volunteers so this role isn't currently being advertised however in case you are interested for next year;
Our education volunteers inspire the next generation by helping to deliver outreach and educational work at Bickley Hall Farm and across Cheshire. They help supervise primary school groups during indoor and outdoor activities including pond dipping, aquatic animal identification and environmental arts and crafts. Our education volunteers also assist at public events by providing children's activities.
We want wildlife to be enjoyed and valued by all and want more people to take action for wildlife. To do that we engage with thousands of people each year. We work with children, run events and training courses, give talks and host open gardens. Our engagement volunteers help us every step of the way, from administration to delivery.
You can volunteer for as little or as often as you like. We run events throughout the year in various locations across the county. Engagement volunteers help people to better understand and value the benefits we get from nature.
Please note, unless it is specified on the volunteer opportunity, we are unable to accept volunteers under the age of 18.
I like the chance to talk to people, network and have a good chinwag all while making a genuine difference.Office and Administration volunteer
Volunteering at Cheshire Wildlife Trust is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund through our project Natural Futures.