New Year, new you? Volunteer to make a difference in 2018!
Opportunities in the Clyde and Avon Valley
As a new year dawns, it’s time for fresh starts and resolutions. What better way to make a positive change in your life, and others, than through volunteering? Volunteering is one of the most rewarding activities that you can do, giving something back to your community but also helping you to meet people, learn new skills or put existing ones to use, gain confidence, take on a challenge, and most importantly, to have fun.
At Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP), volunteers play a crucial role in conserving and celebrating the unique local landscape and culture heritage. In 2016 alone, a total of around 136 volunteers spent just under 3200 hours improving access, researching historic sites, maintaining heritage features, caring for ancient woodland, and a whole lot more at sites around the area including Chatelherault Country Park, Strathclyde Country Park, Mauldslie Woods and Lanark.
It’s not too late for you to join in. Browse the opportunities below and get in touch with the listed contacts to find out more and get involved.
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 various Wednesdays from 10:15am – 2:30pm, as listed below, with the exception of Thursday 14 September:
Wednesday 6, Thursday 14, Wednesday 20 September
Wednesdays 4, 18 October
Wednesdays 1, 8, 15, 22; Thursdays 16, 30 November
Wednesdays 6, 13 December
Tuesdays 9, 23 January
Tuesdays 6, 20 February
Tuesdays 6, 20 March
Clyde and Avon Valley Exhibition Steward volunteers: CAVLP Heritage
A final exhibition, celebrating the culture, heritage and unique landscape of the Clyde and Avon Valley is set to take place at Chatelherault Country Park from 16 February to 19 March 2018.
Community Gardening at Castlebank Park - second Tuesdays in the month
Interested in gardening? Then why don't you come along and take part in some fun gardening sessions with Lanark Community Development Trust and Clydesdale Community Initiatives to help maintain this beautiful area. All tools will be provided. Please wear weather appropriate clothing.
The dates are as follows:
Tuesday 13 June
Tuesday 11 July
Tuesday 15 August - please note this is the 3rd Tuesday of the month
Tuesday 12 September
Tuesday 17 October
Tuesday 14 November
Tuesday 12 December
Tuesday 30 January
Tuesday 27 February
Tuesday 27 March
GIS map making volunteers: CAVLP Heritage
Interested in heritage and technology? Volunteers are being recruited to help create GIS (geographic information system) 3D maps of heritage features in the Clyde and Avon valley through time, such as glasshouses, brickworks, Roman roads, farms, etc. Maps will be created using information currently held and once volunteers have been trained, they will be able to work on projects at home.
Jock's Burn Community Clear-ups, Carluke - second Wednesdays in the month
Roll up your sleeves and get behind a community clean-up of Jock’s Burn in Carluke with Clydesdale Community Initiatives (CCI). All ages and backgrounds are urged to come together and lend a hand to spruce up this little oasis of nature in the town. Help out with de-littering, clearing debris from the burn, and tidying up and repairing steps.
Jock’s Burn is one of the few places in Carluke where people can experience a bit of nature, including residual ancient flora and fauna that would have at one time cloaked the local area. The importance of Jock’s Burn to the local community has been highlighted in community consultations and identified as a vital corridor for people to walk and cycle to work and school by the Make Your Way project. Popular with dog walkers, it will soon be home to a new school orchard through a project with Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT), Carluke Development Trust and seven local primary schools.
The dates are as follows, 10:15am - 2pm:
Wednesday 14 June
Wednesday 12 July
Wednesday 9 August
Wednesday 13 September
Wednesday 11 October
Wednesday 29 November
Wednesday 20 December
Wednesday 10 January
Wednesday 14 February
Wednesday 14 March
Life in the Cadzow Oaks - deadwood invertebrates survey volunteers. Thursdays and Fridays
The Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow are looking for volunteers to assist in regular fieldwork, including trap checking and general surveying duties at the Cadzow Oaks site until March 2018. No experience is necessary as training will be given.
The survey focusses on invertebrate species, most notably spiders and beetles such as the nationally notable rove beetle Bibloplectus pusillus or the cobweb beetle Ctesias serra. Survey results will be compared to a survey completed over 50 years ago, the results of which are held in the Hunterian Museum. It is hoped that the survey will confirm the presence and abundance of key species that were recorded in the past and note any changes. Findings will be used to inform management plans, ensuring the appropriate conservation of these unique habitats for the future.
Volunteers will be able to enjoy surveying whilst spending time in a beautiful landscape, some of which is usually inaccessible to the general public. The amount of time that volunteers can contribute to the project is flexible, but volunteers should be available through the day on Thursdays and / or Fridays to fit in with the project schedule.
Local Landscape Heroes oral history volunteers: CAVLP Heritage
Do you, or does anyone you know, have any memories of industry, horticulture or agriculture in the area they would like to share? CAVLP Heritage are looking for people who would be willing to share their stories as part of the Local Landscape Heroes project that will make up part of the Clyde and Avon Valley Exhibition in February and March 2018.
Make Your Way Millheugh volunteering
Come and help improve vital walking and cycling routes from Millheugh, Larkhall, leading to Chatelherault Country Park with Clydesdale Community Initiatives - CCI.
Volunteer work will involve cutting back vegetation, clearing moss and loose material, scraping steps and installing fencing. The volunteering intitiative is taking place as part of the Make Your Way arts, heritage and active travel project taking place around Chatelherault Country Park until March 2018.
All sessions take place 10:15am - 12:30pm on the following dates:
Tuesday 19 December
Previously scheduled dates of Tuesday 16, Wednesday 17 have been cancelled due to the weather and will take place on Wednesday 24 January and Wednesday 31 January
Mauldslie Woods Volunteering Team Days - First Thursday in the month
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 4 May 2017
Thursday 1 June 2017
Thursday 13 July 2017 - please note this is the second week in July
Thursday 10 August 2017 - please note this is the second week in August
Thursday 7 September 2017
Thursday 5 October 2017
Thursday 2 November 2017
Thursday 14 December 2017 - please note this is the second week in December
Thursday 11 January 2018
Thursday 1 February 2018
Thursday 8 March 2018
Thursday 5 April 2018 – celebration final session
Public Transport Links - Service 317 Hamilton – Clyde Valley – Larkhall – Lanark
OutLET: Play Resource volunteers
Outdoor Learning and Education Training: Play Resource is a social enterprise based in South Lanarkshire, using play and culture to ‘level the playing field’ for those affected by social, emotional and economic deprivation.
OutLET: Play Resource put on a huge spread of outdoor play, Forest School and training opportunities in the local area, relying on volunteers to provide as many play opportunities they can.
Planting the Past Chatelherault Herbaceous Borders volunteering
Planting the Past volunteers will work with South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Trust to help restore the 18th century herbaceous border at Chatelherault to it's original glory.
Volunteer to help replant the culinary, medicinal, and aromatic shrubs and plants, which would have originally been planted in the historic garden border surrounding the William Adam designed hunting lodge, now Visitor Centre. The plants within this 18th century garden were not only grown for their beauty and fragrance but also for their medicinal and culinary virtues.
Planting the Past is managed by South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Trust in collaboration with horticultural specialist Elaine Lauder, with support from Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ fund and Heritage Lottery Fund and LEADER supported Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP).
Stonehouse Park Environmental Volunteering - second Thursdays in the month
Join CCI and Friends of Stonehouse park to take part in environmental volunteering including 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:
Thursday 29 June - please note this is the 5th Thursday of the month
Thursday 20 July
Thursday 17 August
Thursday 21 September
Thursday 19 October
Thursday 23 November
Thursday 21 December
Thursday 25 January
Thursday 29 March
Meeting place is the Pavillion in Stonehouse Park at 10.15am.
Volunteer gardeners, Hareleeshill Community Gardens, Larkhall
Have green fingers or interested in expanding your gardening knowledge? Join the Hareleeshill Community Gardens volunteers every Tuesday, 10am - 1pm.
Hareleeshill Community Gardens is set in Wilkies Crescent, Hareleeshill, Larkhall. There's a beautiful mix of gardens to be seen - a wildlife garden, sensory garden and growers beds.
Come along, meet the team, have a tea / coffee and a chat before starting. This opportunity will get you out mixing with new people, learning new skills in the garden or building on existing ones.
New Lanark World Heritage Site volunteers
North Lanarkshire Council environmental volunteers
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 have regular volunteering groups every Thursday from 10.00 – 3.00, as well as ocassional Saturdays.
Scottish Wildlife Trust Falls of Clyde environmental volunteers
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.
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.
Volunteer Tour Guides required at Craignethan Castle
Historic Environment Scotland is currently recruiting for a range of new and exciting volunteer roles, including Volunteer Tour Guides at Craignethan Castle to help tell the story of this impressive historic site.
Craignethan Castle is open 1 April to 30 September, 7 days a week, 9.30am to 5.30pm. The Castle is closed 1 October to 31 March.
The link below provides further information, including other volunteering opportunities across the country: www.historicenvironment.scot/about-us/volunteer-with-us
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