Volunteer Leader - Youth Group
, Worcester & Droitwich, Worcestershire, WR3 8SZ
Whether you’d like to know a bit more or you’re keen to apply, we’d love to hear from you. Please email Ben or call him on 01905 754919 for more information.
Purpose of role
We are looking for volunteer leaders to work alongside our Youth Engagement Officer to help supervise our up and coming youth group ‘Outdoor Origins’. You will be helping us to provide exciting skill-building opportunities for young people between the ages of 14 – 19.
Type of tasks you will be involved with
As a volunteer leader you will be responsible for helping to supervise, guide and encourage groups of young people whilst they undertake a variety of practical and non-practical tasks.
Session are designed to try and give the young people the best and most varied experience possible and therefore you will be required to help with:
- Undertaking practical tasks on our nature reserves using a variety of hand tools (scrub removal and burning, building habitat piles, repairing fences etc.)
- Skill building sessions including wildlife ID and green woodworking
- Getting involved with our informal youth council where we discuss important wildlife and conservation issues important to the young people as well as how the young people that can get involved in the work of the Trust.
Experience and skills required
- Experience of working with young people (ideally 14-19-year olds) in either a school or other learning environment
- Ability to enthuse others
- Interest and enthusiasm for nature and wildlife conservation
- Basic level of fitness, able to carry out physical tasks
- An understanding of child safeguarding and ability to follow Health and Safety procedures (training will be provided)
- Willingness to work outside in all weathers
Days/times we would like you to be available
The group meets twice a month with additional sessions being held in the school holidays.
- Once on 3rd SUNDAY OF THE MONTH (10:00 – 14:00) to undertake a few hours of practical work on our nature reserves doing tasks such as scrub removal and burning, building habitat piles, etc. We also work on building ID skills, fire lighting, green wood working, photography, and there is hot chocolate and biscuits!
- Once on 2nd MONDAY OF THE MONTH (19:30 – 21:00) which is more like a social meeting where we do things like build nest boxes, talk about how the young people can get involved in the campaigns of the Wildlife Trust as well as get the opinions and thoughts of the young people on the work of the Trust. We also fun activities such as pumpkin carving etc.
It is not a problem if you can only commit to certain days of the week as sessions are all planned in advance so you can choose which sessions you can commit to.
- As a volunteer you will have the support of the engagement officers who will run the sessions and give you clear instructions and important information about the session
- You will experience a range of different outdoor learning programs with the chance to learn new skills
- You will receive health and safety and child safeguarding training, as well as any other training needed, such as first aid
- It’s a great way to enjoy our nature reserves whilst also giving something back by enthusing the younger generation