No long term commitment, you can do just one day and there is no application process, simply call us with the date you want to come and we will book you a seat on our minibus. The work carried out by our volunteers can make a positive difference to an area immediately benefiting the environment, wildlife and people. It's worthwhile, fun and sociable. We do practical activities such as tree planting, tree weeding, control of invasive species, pathwork, pondwork, meadow raking, fencing and more.
A fantastic opportunity to join our exciting lock keeping project and experience the 'canal magic' for yourself.
As a member of our enthusiastic team of volunteers you will be working in the unique setting of the Forth and Clyde Canal and around famous landmarks such as the Falkirk Wheel and The Kelpies.
Working with our volunteer lock keeping team based at Lock 16 in Camelon, the role will involve assisting with boat movements on the Forth and Clyde Canal between Lock 3 at the Kelpies and Lock 20 near Banknock. Go Forth and Clyde volunteers assist with every boat movement between these locks 7 days per week during the lock keeping season, so there is ample opportunity to get involved.
Volunteers can use their own bicycles to travel between the locks, and Go Forth and Clyde also provides bicycles for volunteers to use whilst on lock keeping duty. The required tools, life jackets and hi-vis clothing will also be provided.
This project involves local people in the development of an accessible organic growing centre at Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre, owned by Scottish Wildlife Trust. The aim of this programme is to involve local people, for whom access to nature is severely limited, in a regular programme of outdoor growing and conservation-based activity. We know that connection with nature enhances peoples’ lives through improving health, well-being and building community cohesion.
We provide supported volunteering opportunities for people of all ages and abilities in two-hour outdoor practical sessions every Wednesday and Thursday.
During summer months sessions are focused on our fruit and vegetable garden which provides a range of hands-on practical tasks from organically growing herbs, salad, vegetables and fruit. Learning how to compost, plant wildflowers and garden with wildlife in mind whilst helping with general garden maintenance. Outdoor cooking sessions are run at the end of each month.
The recycle woodshed compliments our garden and offers the opportunity through winter when growing season has ended to learn how to make a range of items out of recycled pallet wood currently donated by Whyte & Mackay. We have an accessible wood-working space where our service users can learn to build planters, raised beds, bug hotels, bird/bat boxes, stools and signs from reclaimed timber.
What are the benefits of getting involved?
Our aim is to promote and look after the natural resource at Jupiter and to actively facilitate interaction, enjoyment, learning and conservation of the amazing wildlife-rich habitat that Jupiter presents. We know that regular facilitated visits to Jupiter reduce stress levels and isolation, restore health and provide calmness and structure for people with disabilities. Being actively involved in environmental activity, learning new skills and meeting new people changes lives.
How much does it cost to come along?
All session places are free of charge and can be booked ahead in blocks.
What experience is required?
No experience is necessary as all training and guidance is provided and matched to the needs of participants. We provide gloves but request that participants wear appropriate seasonal clothing.
What do I need to bring?
Please feel free to bring snacks, we provide hot refreshments and will be sampling our own produce later in the year.
Is it safe?
All activities are risk assessed and a qualified first aider is present at every session.
It is an exciting time at Norton Park. With plans for future growth, Norton Park are now looking for a new Chair to direct their work. Norton Park are are seeking to complement the skill set of existing trustees and, in this recruitment round, successful candidates must be able to demonstrate leadership skills, the ability to direct and manage effective meetings and be a key contact to the Chief Executive. Applications are particularly welcome from candidates who will bring additional diversity.
The purpose of this role is to help with light maintenance of the grounds and facilities at the Community Centre. Duties may include anything from cutting grass, maintaining flowerpots to cleaning up leaves in the car park. As well as some light maintenance jobs within the buildings, such as changing door locks, or moving items around for events. This role could be for as little as just an hour or two a week and can be flexible, to suit the volunteer’s availability.
Do you want to help clean up our coastline and contribute to the conservation of our marine species and habitat? During September thousands of volunteers take part in the marine conservation Society great British clean up.
Open to all members of the public to come along and help contribute to the conservation of our marine species and habitats.
RSPB is the largest nature conservation charity in Europe and they are looking for Volunteer Fundraisers in Fife to raise money for RSPB Scotland through their pin badge scheme. They will support you to place pin badge boxes in your chosen venue, which can be anything from shops, to garden centres, tourist attractions and pubs. Once a box has been placed, to ensure we follow charity fundraising regulations, the boxes must be visited and the money from them banked at least once a month. You will then report the income on our user-friendly online system and place an order for any additional stock you may need. Simple!
One great aspect of this volunteering role is its flexibility and it can be easily done at a time and location that suits you best, usually it takes only 2 hours a month! It is a really important and rewarding role, a volunteer can raise thousands of pounds a year to support our conservation projects just by managing a few pin badge boxes!
Help look after the Water of Leith. Volunteers carry out practical conservation tasks along the river and walkway in conjunction with City of Edinburgh Council Natural Heritage Service. This could be a river clean-up, tree or wildflower planting, meadow cutting, invasive plant control (May-July), vegetation control, footpath maintenance. Children of all ages are welcome if supervised by an adult.
Join our gardening team at the Carrick Centre. As a garden volunteer you will have the opportunity to do basic maintenance gardening duties such as cutting grass, pruning, weeding, leaf racking, planting, etc. but also if you would like to step it up a little you could support our service users and different groups.
This Autumn, we will be working to improve the gardens around Dumfries Museum. Every Thursday, from 10.00 - 12.30, meet outside Dumfries Museum to help us transform the grounds. We will be planting a new design scheme as well as pruning and shaping some yew trees.