Volunteering

Volunteering is one of the most rewarding things that you can do, and thinking about how you want to benefit from volunteering is a good start to finding an opportunity that's right for you. Volunteering can help you; to gain confidence; make a real difference to people, communities and society; meet new people; be part of a community; learn new skills; take on a new challenge; and perhaps most importantly, have fun. 

Volunteering opportunities are available through Clydesdale Community Initiatives – CCI, in conjunction with the Community Action Lanarkshire project, as listed below. To find out details on how you can organise your own volunteer community clean-ups, scroll to the bottom of the page.

Further volunteering opportunities in North and South Lanarkshire can be viewed at Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire (VASLAN) and Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire (VANL).

Join in with environmental volunteering opportunities with Clydesdale Community Initiatives and Community Action Lanarkshire

Chatelherault Country Park environmental volunteering

Chatelherault Country Park environmental volunteering

Chatelherault Country Park environmental volunteering

Volunteer conservation and heritage enthusiasts will carry out vital path repair work, vegetation clearance and carpentry projects to help improve the biodiversity value of the woodland and enhance the visitor experience in the most visited designed landscape in the Clyde and Avon valley.

Volunteering will take place on Thursdays from 10:15am – 2:30pm, as listed below:

Thursday 19 April

Thursday 31 May

Thursday 28 June

Thursday 26 July

Thursday 23 August

Thursday 20 September

Thursday 18 October

Thursday 29 November

To volunteer to take part on the conservation activities at Chatelherault or to find out more, get in touch with Clydesdale Community Initiatives by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01555 664211.

Community Gardening at Castlebank Park

Mauldslie Woods Volunteering Team Days

Mauldslie Woods Volunteering Team Days

Mauldslie Woods Volunteering Team Days

Love being outdoors? Love your local woodland? Join the new Mauldslie Woods Volunteering Team the first Thursday of every month, 10:15am – 3pm.

Working in Mauldslie Woods in all seasons, join in with Clydesdale Community Initiatives to learn new woodland maintenance skills, make friends and have fun whilst carrying out a programme of essential tasks to help care for the woodland, part of the Clyde Valley National Nature Reserve (NNR).

No experience required. Tea, coffee and tools provided. Please bring a packed lunch and suitable clothing / footwear for outdoors. If you don’t have appropriate footwear, please advise CCI upon booking as a range of sizes are available for loan.

Sessions take place on:

Thursday 3 May

Thursday 14 June - please note this is the second week in June

Thursday 12 July - please note this is the second week in July

Thursday 9 August - please note this is the second week in August

Thursday 6 September

Thursday 4 October

Thursday 1 November

Thursday 13 December 2018 - please note this is the second week in December

Public Transport Links - Service 317 Hamilton – Clyde Valley – Larkhall – Lanark

Booking is essential on 01555 664 211 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More details are available at www.clydeandavonvalley.org/news-hub/item/volunteers-sought-to-join-the-new-mauldslie-woods-volunteering-team

Stonehouse Park Environmental Volunteering - last Wednesday in the month

Stonehouse Park Environmental Volunteering - last Wednesday in the month

Stonehouse Park Environmental Volunteering - last Wednesday in the month

Join CCI and Friends of Stonehouse park to take part in environmental volunteering including working in the woodland area, clearing pathways and making new benches. All are welcome, please wear weather appropriate clothing and footwear. All tools will be provided.

The dates are as follows:

Wednesday 25th April

Wednesday 30th May

Wednesday 27th June

Wednesday 25th July

Wednesday 29th August

Wednesday 26th September

Wednesday 31st October

Wednesday 28th November (weather/job dependent)

Wednesday 19th December (weather/job dependent)

Meeting place is the Pavillion in Stonehouse Park at 10.15am.

If you would like to book a place or find out more information, please call CCI on 01555 664 211 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Volunteering opportunities with Clydesdale Community Initiatives - CCI

Volunteer with Larkhall Community Growers at Harleeshill, Larkhall

Lend a hand with Forth Eco Project Growers

Volunteer at South Haugh Conservation Days

Volunteer at Blackhill Archaeology Site Wednesday 5 September

Volunteer at Blackhill Archaeology Site Wednesday 5 September

Volunteer at Blackhill Archaeology Site Wednesday 5 September

Join Clydesdale Community Initiatives and Northlight Heritage on Wednesday 5 September, 10.15am-2.30pm at the Blackhill archaeology site cutting back vegetation that is putting the excavation site at risk. The meeting place is at the layby nearest to Blackhill.

Please contact CCI for full details on 01555 664 211 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Volunteer at Jock's Burn, Carluke

Environmental Volunteering at Loudon Pond, Douglas Water

Environmental Volunteering at Loudon Pond, Douglas Water

Environmental Volunteering at Loudon Pond, Douglas Water

Join Clydesdale Community Initatives and local volunteers to help clear paths to get access to Loudon Pond nature reserve on Thursday 16 August, 10am-2.30pm. Meeting point at the entrance to Loudon Pond.

All tools will be provided. Please wear weather appropriate clothing. Please contact CCI to book a place or for further details on 01555 664 211 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Community Gardening at Kirkfieldbank Park

Community Gardening at Kirkfieldbank Park

Community Gardening at Kirkfieldbank Park

Are you a pupil at the local school or a member of the community and interested in gardening? Come and join Clydesdale Community Initiatives (CCI) and Kirkfieldbank Community Group to help tidy the Kirkfieldbank sensory garden on Tuesday 28th August from 10am-12.30pm.

In addition to the gardening session there is also a fruit tree pruning training session on the morning of Tuesday 23rd October from 10am-12pm. This will be led by CCI Horticulturist Catherine McCluskey with CCI gardening group members also attending.

Gardening tools will be provided but feel free to bring your own! Please wear weather appropriate clothing. Please contact CCI to book a place or for further details on 01555 664 211 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Starting up your own community clean-up group

Perhaps you'd like to start up your own volunteer community clean-up group. Here's how to get started.

What help is available?

What help is available?
Communities and local groups play a vital role in keeping towns, villages and the countryside clean and tidy. It makes them pleasant for people to live in and visit. A local clean-up is a great way to improve your neighbourhood and get everyone in your community together. Everybody can make a contribution, whatever their age or abilities. And it’s a great way for people to get to know one another.

Local councils are keen to support local people and community organisations to do their bit and if you are planning a community clean-up in your area, you can contact your local council who can provide you with all the equipment needed for a successful event, including waste bags, litter pickers, high-vis vests and protective gloves. Your local council can also arrange to uplift of full litter bags once collected. To get help from your local council for your clean-up event, contact:

South Lanarkshire Council: Colin Reid, 01355 578 711 / 01555 667 958, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

North Lanarkshire Council: Gordon Bruce, 01698 355 228 / 07939 280 344 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You should have the following information to hand:

  • The area(s) which will be cleaned up

  • Numbers of children / adults taking part

  • An address for delivery / uplift of equipment

  • Dates and times of clean up events

If rubbish and fly-tipping in the area in question is a persistant problem requiring action, report it through Dumb Dumpers, the fly tipping hotline.

Things to consider when planning an event

Things to consider when planning an event
Before the event: First of all, decide what needs to be done. Make sure you can do what you need in the time you have available. If the job is too big to complete in a day, break it up into chunks that you can complete over a number of sessions. When you have decided what you need to do, you need to think about who is going to carry out the various tasks. For example, you should allocate people to organise equipment, carry out risk assessments (if required) and arrange refreshments. Timing is important too. Think about holding the event at a time when most of the people you need will be able to attend, such as an evening or a weekend.

During the event: You should identify one person who will lead the event on the day. It will be their responsibility to co-ordinate the volunteers and to know what the emergency procedures are. Remember - A picture can tell a thousand words and can be useful for promoting other events in the future. Use photographs to record key moments. Also, if you send them to the local press you might get publicity for your achievements.

After the event: Try to report back to your volunteers on what the event achieved. You may also want to tell other people such as local councillors or other local groups. Make sure that one person gathers all of the records and keeps them in a safe place, as you will need them in the future.

Preparing a Risk Assesment

You should carry out a risk assessment before the event. This involves:

1. Identifying any hazards. Hazards could include unidentified cans or canisters, broken glass, syringes, clinical waste, etc.

2. Deciding who might be harmed and how

3. Evaluating the risks and deciding on precautions

4. Recording your findings and implementing them

5. Reviewing your assessment and updating it if necessary

Find out more and download a risk assessment template here.

Public liability insurance

If you are organising clean-up activities or working with members of the public, it is strongly recommended that you obtain liability insurance cover for your group. This is essential to avoid personal liability for damage to third party property or an injury to a member of the public arising from the group’s activities. If there is an accident and your group is not insured, it could be liable to compensate third parties.

Public liability insurance is the most common type of insurance used by small organisations. It protects the group for legal liabilities in respect of injury, death and loss or damage to property of the public affected by the work of the group. The cost will vary depending on the activities your organisation undertakes and the procedures your organisation follows to minimise risk. There are lots of companies that can provide insurance for this class of risk. Just search on the internet for voluntary group insurers.

If your group does not have insurance, make sure that all members of the group and any volunteers are made aware of this. If they are concerned, they should not get involved in the activity.

Hazardous waste

Make sure that everyone is aware of potentially dangerous items which they should not touch or pick up. If nasty or dangerous pieces of litter such as drums, cans or syringes are spotted at any stage during the pick-up, do not attempt to move them yourself. Make a note of their location and inform the council.

Top tips

  • Identify a first-aider for the event
  • Make sure all children are accompanied by adults
  • All participants should wash their hands thoroughly before eating or drinking. (You should also consider providing anti-bacterial wipes)
  • Appoint an event co-ordinator who will know the emergency procedures and to whom accidents should be reported
  • At the start of an event, make sure volunteers can handle tools and equipment properly and they understand any potential hazards associated with the work they will be doing

For more information and support, view the Keep Scotland Beautiful Clean Up Survey and Information Pack.

Good luck!

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