New Year, new you? Volunteer to make a difference in 2018!

Opportunities in the Clyde and Avon Valley

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Date posted: Thursday, 21 December 2017

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.

Volunteers at RSPB Baron's Haugh help to restore ancient parkland
Volunteers at RSPB Baron's Haugh help to restore ancient parkland

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

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

OutLET: Play Resource volunteers

OutLET: Play Resource volunteers

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.

Gain new skills, make friends and help create play opportunities for local children by volunteering with OutLET: Play Resource! Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call / text Jackie on 07770973256 to find out more, or visit http://outletplayresource.co.uk

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..

Volunteer gardeners, Hareleeshill Community Gardens, Larkhall

Volunteer gardeners, Hareleeshill Community Gardens, Larkhall

Volunteer gardeners, Hareleeshill Community Gardens, Larkhall

Have green fingers or interested in expanding your gardening knowledge? Join the Hareleeshill Community Gardens volunteers every Tuesday and Thursday, 9am - 3pm.

Hareleeshill Community Gardens is set in Wilkies Crescent, Hareleeshill, Larkhall, ML9 2QW. 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. Become part of a great team! All tools provided.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01698 888 197 to find out more.

www.larkhallcommunitygrowers.com

New Lanark World Heritage Site volunteers

New Lanark World Heritage Site volunteers

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 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 environmental volunteers

North Lanarkshire Council offer environmental volunteering opportunities in council managed sites including Dalzell Estate. To find out more, 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 environmental volunteers

RSPB Baron's Haugh have regular volunteering groups every Thursday from 10.00 – 3.00, as well as ocassional Saturdays.

RSPB Baron’s Haugh also has many other volunteering opportunities, from environmental conservation to wildlife surveying. Visit the RSPB Baron’s Haugh website 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 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, 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 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

Volunteer Tour Guides required at Craignethan Castle

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.

Please get in touch if you are interested in getting involved and feel free to forward this information to any of your contacts. Contact Craignethan Castle on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

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

Lend a hand at Lesmahagow Allotments

Volunteer at Blackhill Archaeology Site

Volunteer at Blackhill Archaeology Site

Volunteer at Blackhill Archaeology Site

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..

Wild About Lanark Environmental Volunteering

Wild About Lanark Environmental Volunteering

Wild About Lanark Environmental Volunteering

Join Clydesdale Community Initiatives and Wild About Lanark on Wednesday 20 June, 10.15am-2.30pm to take part in environmental volunteering to help improve the woodland area to help kids have a wild time in the woods. All are welcome, please wear weather appropriate clothing and footwear. All tools will be provided. Meeting place is car park for the Recreation Ground at Lanark Racecourse.

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.

New environmental volunteering programme coming to Crawford and Elvanfoot!

New environmental volunteering programme coming to Crawford and Elvanfoot!

New environmental volunteering programme coming to Crawford and Elvanfoot!

Are you interested in helping improve the community you live in? Crawford and Elvanfoot Community Council invite you to join Clydesdale Community Initiatives on Thursday 19 July, 10.15am-2.30pm to take part in environmental volunteering to help improve the local greenspace at Elvanfoot Village focal point and the grassy area where the seated bench sits in Crawford (after the railway bridge).

Meeting place the layby in Elvanfoot where there is a phone box, bus stop and post box nearby.

All are welcome, please wear weather appropriate clothing and footwear. All tools will be provided.

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.

Volunteer at Jock's Burn, Carluke

Interested in helping create an outdoor classroom at St Mary's Primary School

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.

Excavation Volunteering Opportunities at Draffan Farm

Excavation Volunteering Opportunities at Draffan Farm

Excavation Volunteering Opportunities at Draffan Farm

Join Clydesdale Community Initiatives and Northlight Heritage on Thursday 2 August, 10am-2.30pm at Draffan Farm, next to Blackwood which is part of a dig 29 July-11 August. Help clean out the site and possibly find artefacts or alternatively help with soil sample processing and finds washing.

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..

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