Regular Volunteering and Training

REGULAR OFFICE VOLUNTEER IN OUR DUNSOP BRIDGE OFFICE

The Forest of Bowland AONB team is looking for an office volunteer, one full day or two half-days per week, initially for a period of six months. Mainly helping with administrative duties, there may be the chance to get involved with other projects if you have skills or interests in these areas.

Our office is based in Dunsop Bridge and there is currently no public transport to the village so alternative transport would be needed.

For full details see the Office Volunteer role description here.

 

Regular volunteering with the Ranger service - Lancashire County Council and Wyre Borough Council

Ranger’s are generally based at information centres and country parks - Beacon Fell, Wyre estuary park and the like. Volunteer rangers have many roles - visitor management, practical work, leading walks, surveying rights of way etc.

The volunteer hub at Lancashire County Council can also help with a whole range of volunteering opportunities.

For information about becoming a Countryside Volunteer in Wyre follow this link to the Wyre Countryside Service website and download their excellent ‘Volunteer Opportunities Booklet’.

Regular or casual volunteering with other organisations

  • LESS - Help people stay warm this winter. LESS, a local charity, have opportunities for volunteers in their Home Energy service, which helps people reduce their fuel bills and stay warm. They have vacancies for:
    - home energy surveyors
    - energy bill advisors
    - office administrators

They offer full training and expenses, and the minimum commitment is only 2-3 hours a month.
 For more information contact james@less.uk.org or call the office on 01524 661 00

  • The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) - Conservation Volunteers is the country’s largest practical conservation charity. They run practical tasks every week of the year throughout the country called ‘mid week tasks’. Some of these run by their Preston project office are in or around Bowland.

TCV also offers a diploma in Environmental Conservation. Click here for details.

  • Ribble River's Trust - The Trust was established in order to enhance the water environments of the Ribble catchment and carries out a variety of volunteer activities, including tasks within the Forest of Bowland AONB. To find out about volunteer opportunities go to http://ribbletrust.org.uk/volunteering/
  • The RSPB is active in Bowland and has many volunteers. Details of volunteering opportunities can be found on the RSPB website at www.rspb.org.uk/volunteeringwww.rspb.org.uk/volunteering
  • Lancashire Wildlife Trust works on sites in and near the Forest of Bowland www.lancswt.org.uk
  • The Countryside Jobs Service www.countryside-jobs.com produces an excellent publication with details of paid and volunteer jobs in the countryside, conservation and environmental sector. They also feature relevant training courses.

Volunteer Case Study

Pat Barlow - Lancashire Countryside Service

'Before I became a volunteer I worked in education so have been on a timetable for most of my working life. It was a job I loved and one of the best parts was when I took students into the various National Parks for outdoor activities.
I am now in my 3rd year of volunteering with Lancashire Countryside Service as a Countryside Ranger. I also work as an Information Assistant at the Bowland Visitor Centre. I really enjoy it and as well as giving some structure to my week it has given me the opportunity to sample what would have been my alternate job!
As volunteers we have the opportunity to go on various courses, not just the basic training but First Aid, drystone walling and hedge laying and so on. There are always different and new skills to be learnt and it is good to know that we are doing jobs that help conserve and help others enjoy the countryside.
Volunteering is both sociable and rewarding and is appreciated by the full time rangers and members of the public. It is a great way to develop interests and be active in society and can be beneficial to anyone regardless of age. Highly recommended for anyone with a few hours to spare!'