Volunteering, Training and Learning

Help celebrate the landscape and learn new skills

The Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership needs YOU to help conserve, enhance and celebrate the unique landscape and cultural heritage of the Clyde and Avon valleys. From archaeology to archival research, education and environmental volunteering roles, there are a wide range of volunteering, training and learning opportunities available. Learn some new skills or contribute skills you already have individually, or as a group, and make a difference along the way.

Take a look at the list of opportunities below and get in touch to find out more.

Environmental training and volunteering with Clydesdale Community Initiatives (CCI)

Help conserve the wonderful local environment, get out into the fresh air, learn new skills and make new friends while you’re at it. There are a wide range of opportunities from repairing paths, planting trees and flowers, woodwork and gardening, at a variety of locations from Falls of Clyde to Dalzell Estate. Visit http://www.cciweb.org.uk to find out more. Take a look at the online calendar to see what’s coming up www.clydeandavonvalley.org/events. Fill in the online form, or get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 01555 664 211 to find out more.

Capturing the Past - archaeological and historical volunteering with CAVLP Heritage

Help research the many lesser known historic sites of the Clyde and Avon valleys, from Roman sites such as Cleghorn Temporary Camp to industrial heritage at ‘Hoolet  Raw’ at Chatelherault Country Park. Perfect for those who love nothing more than a historic mystery. Opportunities include map, place name and archival research, archaeological surveys and digitisation. Find out about work they’ve carried out to date here. Novice or a pro, please fill out the online form, or get in touch with Paul or Karen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 01555 661 555 to find out more.

FREE historical hands-on learning workshops for schools, youth and community groups

CAVLP Heritage are offering a series of FREE historical hands-on learning workshops related to the historical working lives of people in the Clyde and Avon valleys. They have been designed to fit in with the Curriculum for Excellence, Duke of Edinburgh and John Muir Awards as well as Badge Activities for Guides, Scouts and the Boys and Girls Brigade. 

MapCRAFT, Tasting Through Time, Sheep to Shawl and Brick by Brick courses explore the mapping, agricultural, horticultural and industrial heritage unique to the area and can be tailored to meet the needs of any age group and ability, lasting between 2 and 4 hours. Find out more by reading the CAVLP Heritage Hands on Learning brochure, or contacting Karen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 01555 661 555.

Clyde and Avon Valley volunteer journalists and filmmakers

The Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) are looking for volunteer journalists and film makers to help capture project updates and successes.  CAVLP support over 70 projects in the area that celebrate the local landscape, cultural heritage and people, so there are plenty of opportunities to get into, from reporting on project updates to recording short films in the landscape and interviews. Volunteers should be able to demonstrate a background in journalism and / or film making, and have access to their own equipment. Please fill out the online form, or get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 01555 663 430 to find out more.

Clyde and Avon Valley volunteer ambassadors

The Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) are looking for volunteers to help sort and distribute the quarterly Valley Life newsletters throughout the area, share news on social media and help with general office duties. Spare as little or as much time as you’d like. Please fill out the online form, or get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 01555 663 430 to find out more.

Glorious Gardens – lost and forgotten historic houses research and reporting volunteering

The Glorious Gardens project aims to unlock the secrets of the Clyde and Avon valley’s lost and forgotten historic houses and designed landscapes, where often, all that remains is the setting for an abandoned or demolished house from a previous era.

The project, managed by Scotland’s Gardens and Landscape Heritage and delivered by Northlight Heritage, will train, equip and support volunteers to record properties which are not already listed in Historic Environment Scotland’s Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes. This includes training in researching historic maps, online databases and estate archives; recognising and recording features in the field that make up historic gardens and designed landscapes; and drawing together evidence uncovered into summaries of properties’ historical development, for submission to the national database Canmore and the Clyde and Avon Valley’s online Museum. Read more on the Glorious Gardens website

Please fill out the online form, or get in touch with Lorna on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 0845 901 1142 to find out more.

New Lanark World Heritage Site volunteers

New Lanark World Heritage Site have volunteering opportunities in the Archive and Search Room, Events and Exhibitions, Crafts and Learning, Playparks and Gardens, and the Double Row Restoration Project. Read more on the New Lanark website. Please fill out the online form, or get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 01555 661 345 to find out more.

North Lanarkshire Council environmental volunteers

North Lanarkshire Council offer environmental volunteering opportunities in council managed sites including Dalzell Estate. To find out more, fill in the online form, or contact the Countryside Ranger Service directly on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 01698 402090. 

Other volunteering opportunities in Archives, Active Schools, short breaks for children and young people with disabilities and Care Share voluntary befriending project can be viewed on the North Lanarkshire Council website

RSPB Baron’s Haugh environmental volunteers

RSPB Baron’s Haugh environmental volunteers

RSPB Baron's Haugh have regular volunteering groups every Thursday from 10.00 – 3.00, as well as Saturdays 9th July, 6th August, 3rd September, 8th October, 5th November and 3rd December.

RSPB Baron’s Haugh also has many other volunteering opportunities, from environmental conservation to wildlife surveying. Visit the RSPB Baron’s Haugh website, fill in the online form, or contact RSPB directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 0141 331 0993 for more information.

Scottish Wildlife Trust Falls of Clyde environmental volunteers

Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) offer volunteering opportunities from environmental conservation to wildlife surveying and events. Visit Scottish Wildlife Trust Falls of Clyde, Scottish Wildlife Trust Volunteering, fill in the online form, or contact SWT directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 01555 665 262 for more information.

South Lanarkshire Council conservation and Adopt-a-Path volunteers

South Lanarkshire Council offer environmental volunteering opportunities including conservation work days and Adopt-a-Path volunteers on council managed land including Chatelherault and Mauldslie woodlands.  To find out more and for contact details, visit the South Lanarkshire Council Environmental Volunteering page, or fill in the online form. 

Other volunteering opportunities in Community Transport, Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire’s Volunteering Initiative, Retail, Fundraising, Youth Work, Office and Administration, Mentoring and Befriending can be viewed on the South Lanarkshire Council website