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
About engagement volunteering
Our engagement volunteers help us with a whole host of things, from office and administration to engaging with children. Find out what opportunities might entail.
We have an active events and training calendar, we need some support in delivering this. Our events volunteers help us with everything from helping promote the events, aiding us in the administrative side, to being there on the day to help us run the event. Whether you're good with people, enjoying marketing and promotion, or love getting analytical you could support us with engaging more people in any part of the process.
Wildlife Watch Leader
Wildlife Watch is the junior section of the Wildlife Trusts aimed at 8-14 year olds and is made up of a network of local groups, run by volunteers organising environmental activities. Wildlife Watch groups usually meet once a month for 2 hours and have atleast 2 Wildlife Watch Leaders. As a leader you'll organise environmental activities based on the “Wildlife Watch approach”, which is to: -
- create factual, informal, fun ways to investigate our surroundings
- increases understanding of our whole environment
- foster awareness and feeling for the world we live in
- encourage a caring attitude towards wildlife and participate in conservation
You will organise safe environmental activities by:
- Compiling a diary of activities, six months in advance, for inclusion in Watch Newsletter.
- Organising local publicity for the group.
- Handling petty cash.
- Producing activity risk assessment.
- Organising a safe going home procedure.
- Other minor admin duties.
- Liaising with local Watch Co-ordinator.
- Having knowledge of first aid (training given).
Forest schools volunteers
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.
Office and Administration
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.
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 childrens activities.
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.
Our wellbeing mentors support our participants through their recovery by connecting with them and building meaningful relationships. If you have a background in mental health support, or just an interest in supporting people through their recovery, this is for you.
Volunteering at Cheshire Wildlife Trust is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund through our project Natural Futures.