Volunteer voices

Rita Armstrong (c) Julia LettsRita Armstrong (c) Julia Letts

To celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2018, we put our volunteers under the spotlight in a project to capture their voices to tell our story and how they helped Worcestershire Wildlife Trust to become what it is today.

I got involved in a lot of things when I retired...gradually I've stopped doing a lot of these...the last thing I will ever give up is this. 
Oli, reception volunteer

With help from volunteers, Worcestershire-based oral history consultant Julia Letts interviewed a range of volunteers from those who volunteered in our earliest days to some of our most recent recruits.  Their interviews reflect our history, our work and the strong bonds that many of our volunteers have with the Trust.

The Trust has always been a volunteer organisation; our first member of staff wasn't appointed until 1974.  Whilst our staff numbers have increased over the years, we still have ten volunteers for every member of staff.  Our 50th anniversary provided the perfect opportunity to try and capture our story through the voices of our volunteers and we are grateful to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for the funding that allowed this project to go ahead.

We have a wonderful record of 36 interviews (around 40 hours of recordings) and will be uploading excerpts from each of our interviewees as we launch our new website in August 2019.

For now, we hope you enjoy this half hour history including interviews from some of our volunteers, narrated by Julia and introduced by our Chair of Trustees, David Mortiboys.




Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for making this project possible.

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