Here at the Steel Valley Project, we rely on our team of regular volunteers to help carry out valuable work in countryside management.
We’re always happy to chat with anyone interested in becoming a volunteer and would especially like to increase the number of women on our volunteer team. So if you love spending time outdoors and want to become more involved in supporting local wildlife, please get in touch.
Some of our volunteers may already have lots of experience in landscaping/conservation work, whilst others may have never used a spade before. Through working with the Steel Valley Project, our volunteers learn how to use practical tools, enhance their skills and carry out countryside management tasks. Accredited training in other skills, such as the use of chainsaws, is also provided from time to time.
Joining our volunteer team can help to give your CV a boost, give you work experience and references (particularly useful if you are pursuing a career in this field), meet other like minded people, improve your confidence through learning new skills and even improve your health.
One of our projects, the ‘Willow Tit Project’, takes place in 3 woodlands local to the Stocksbridge area. The Willow Tit bird is in decline and is so particular about its habitat requirements that support is needed to enhance the ecology in the specific locations it favours.
External funding has meant that this important project can be carried out and our mid-week volunteers are a key element in delivering the practical work required.
No previous skills are necessary, but we do ask that volunteers have a reasonable level of fitness, be willing to learn new skills and work outdoors in all weathers and be able to communicate as part of a team.
If this suits you and you’d like to get involved in some of our projects, then we’d love to hear from you.
Please email Kate, our Environmental Project Officer, and she’ll arrange a chat at our office in Stocksbridge and then set up a ‘taster day’ with you.