Would you like to play a part in helping to lead an important Ayrshire charity?
The Ayrshire Rivers Trust (the Trust) is a leading environmental charity. The aims of the Trust are to promote and support initiatives designed to conserve, enhance and develop our fisheries for the enjoyment of current and future generations, and to preserve a valuable part of our natural heritage. These objectives are achieved through
a mixed programme of education; monitoring and advice; consultancy, and hands on conservation and
restoration work. The Trust currently employs five full time and one part-time dedicated and
enthusiastic members of staff and is based near Mauchline, Ayrshire.
The Trust is seeking to appoint new Trustees to enhance the skill-set within our Board and to provide
support and expertise to the Trust and staff.
The Trust is a Scottish Registered Charity SC030426, formed in 2000. It aims to improve the quality of
our rivers, lochs and burns and so reverse the significant decline in freshwater fish stocks.
The Trust is a small, successful organisation. It is looking for new Trustees to be involved in helping
steer the vision and direction of the Trust.
The Trust requires a diverse range of skills to ensure sustainability and long-term success. As a charity
the Trustees are constantly looking out for opportunities to advance the cause of the Trust and ensure
activities are in line with the requirements of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).
• The Trust would particularly welcome applications from those with leadership skills, strategic
thinking, charity governance and stewardship, advocacy skills, and risk management skills.
• Experience or knowledge of environmental or rural affairs, or financial management, or grant
funding is desirable.
The Trustees hold monthly meetings which can be attended either in person or via Zoom.
Following a four-year refurbishment, we opened our brand-new museum exhibition, shop, and café in July 2021. This is an exciting time to join us as we welcome visitors into the new museum for the 2022 season.
The gardening volunteers are a friendly team of volunteers who work all year round to maintain the extensive gardens around the David Livingstone Birthplace. They play an important role in making the grounds accessible, attractive, and enjoyable for the wide range of people that visit the grounds.
Key activities include grass cutting, weeding, hedge trimming, tidying the grounds, planting, and leaf clearance.
This conservation opportunity takes place every other Thursday, predominantly at South Haugh and occasionally at Low Parks, Udston & Glenlee Woods and Westburn. The volunteers will be undertaking a series of conservation tasks including woodland management, removal of invasive plant species, tree thinning, litter picking, path maintenance and much more. Please feel free to come along and join in. Volunteers should dress for the weather, sturdy footwear required. Bring a packed lunch. We’ll supply tea/coffee/biscuits. Contact Melanie Craig, Countryside Ranger on 07795 453 443.
Volunteers will be undertaking a series of conservation tasks including replacing timber steps, woodland management and removal of non-native species.
The site is part of the Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve. Volunteers would be helping to manage and conserve the site and it’s habitats for the benefit of the wildlife and for people to enjoy. The volunteers could also learn more about the biodiversity, and opportunities are available to get involved in other projects and programmes with South Lanarkshire Council's Greenspace Team and Clydesdale Community Initiatives.
No skills required. Guidance, training and tools talks are given for each task.
The group meet once a month (the last Thursday of the month) from 10.30am and finish up at 2.30 pm approx. 2020 dates here: http://www.locator.org.uk/events/chatelherault-environmental-volunteering
Love being outdoors? Love your local woodland? Join the Mauldslie Woods Volunteering Team. Come along and carry out a variety of practical woodland conservation and management tasks, whilst having fun, learning new skills and meeting new people. The group meet on Mauldslie Bridge in Carluke at 10.15am and the group runs until 3.00pm.
Dates for 2020 here: http://www.locator.org.uk/events/mauldslie-woods-volunteer-team
Location: Online/ face to face, all across Scotland
Time required: 4 hours per week
Commitment: Minimum 6 months
Online Training provided
This is an opportunity for someone with passion, commitment and drive to make a big difference to the way Scotland/your locality responds to climate change.
The Scottish Communities Climate Action Network (SCCAN) is partnering with Climate for Change (C4C) to launch a brand new climate engagement program for Scotland – Climate Conversations. You will be one of our first facilitators and help SCCAN kickstart our program in Scotland.
Facilitators are our agents of change. As a facilitator you will be part of a team that together will inspire hundreds of people throughout Scotland to stand up on climate change and move society and our leaders to action.
About Climate Conversations
Since 2015, Climate for Change has pioneered the Climate Conversations model. Using a party-plan model of small gatherings in people’s homes, a facilitator leads a discussion about climate change. Each Conversation generates leads for at least one more, resulting in built-in growth. This is a unique model within the climate movement that allows both deep engagement and exponential growth.
C4C’s 2020 Impact Report demonstrates Climate Conversations is a uniquely powerful engagement tool within the climate movement, successful in reaching audiences that others have historically found challenging – especially the “wavering middle” – and in educating and empowering thousands of individuals to take action on climate.
Further information is available at C4C’s website: www.climateforchange.org.au
This is an exciting role for you to use your love of working with people to empower the community, and to drive a groundswell of community action on climate change.
You will work with volunteer hosts who will invite 8 – 12 friends and family to attend a Climate Conversation online or in their home. At these events, you will present to them about climate change (using our prepared scripts), the urgency for action and facilitate discussion that leads to a commitment to take more effective action.
Our mission is to create the social climate for effective climate action in Scotland.
Imparting the urgency and scale of climate change to the people invited by the friends and family of each host
Inspiring attendees to commit to taking effective action on climate change
Attending monthly Ongoing Facilitator Training (1 hour?)
Recruiting more people to join as hosts and facilitators
Administration and record keeping of your Conversations
Maintaining our a host database and your own activity spreadsheet
Evaluating Conversations and providing feedback for improvement
Main Beneficiary or Client Group Communities
Please provide a more specific client description (if appropriate)
Key Selection Criteria
Passion for solving climate change
Positive attitude, responsible and reliable
Able to foster a welcoming and positive atmosphere
Enjoy working with, supporting and empowering people
Confident with leading a group discussion independently
Engaging communication skills
Professional administration and organisation skills
Connection with a local community group is desirable but not essential. Maybe this is a way to start one if there isn’t already a group in your area
Be or become a member of SCCAN. We welcome both individuals and organisations. You can join here via short form: https://www.scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk/join-us/
Volunteers are vital to our work in promoting sustainable living and reducing waste.
As our shop volunteer you will be part of the team that delivers quality customer service and undertakes a wide range of activities such as serving customers and merchandising stock to look appealing and tidy.
Garden volunteer at Larkhall Community Garden is an exciting and unique opportunity to be part of a friendly horticulture team. The volunteer will help us maintain our Community Garden in Hareleeshill Larkhall which was previously derelict land. Volunteer will gain experience in working on raised beds, sensory garden wildlife garden and within our polytunnels.
To assist in seasonal gardening tasks throughout the year that will develop as the gardens develop. Volunteers will work in supervised groups led by a line manager. Some tasks are physically demanding and require a level of manual dexterity. Volunteers will work to the Larkhall Community Growers health and safety policies and procedures.
• Garden maintenance – including weeding, mulching, edging, raking, digging over, staking and tying in, pruning, dead heading, bed preparation, tidying and path maintenance.
• Seasonal propagation and growing on – including seed sowing, cuttings, potting up.
• Composting – turning and processing, spreading and digging in.
• Bed renovation and grounds development - reinstating and installing beds, ground preparation, planting, bulb planting.
• Clearing overgrown areas – keeping on top of any invasive species.
• While support and training will be provided, from time to time volunteers may work independently or without one to one supervision
We will provide volunteers with an induction, including health and safety procedures. Specific horticultural skills will be developed whilst on the job.
This opportunity provides strong links to improved mental health; creating a positive routine, enjoying outdoor space, the opportunity to socialise, become more hands on with natures calender and see and feel the benefits of your hard work bare fruit.
do you have a passion for the environment? you can help with the sustainability of this valued community forest by supporting the group with funding applications. The group relies on Funding to maintain and develop this community asset. Like most charities, funding is essential but can be time consuming and requires specific skills, do you have experience of Funding Applications and can help? You can liaise with the development officer who will offer support and guidance.