Here at the Steel Valley Project, we rely heavily on our team of volunteers – from working on practical conservation tasks at local nature sites, right through to involvement in environmental education sessions with local schools and communities.

How do I become a volunteer?

We advertise for volunteers in a wide variety of places – locally distributed leaflets, posts on national volunteering and environmental websites, and social media campaigns.

Two members of staff run our volunteer days: Richard on Mondays/Fridays and Kate on Tuesdays to Thursdays. Once an initial enquiry is received from a new volunteer either Kate or Richard will reply, sending out more information and inviting you in for an informal chat.

This is where we discuss in detail what to expect from volunteering with the Steel Valley Project, what we can offer and what we require from volunteers in return. We also organise a ‘taster’ day, so potential volunteers can try out working with us and see first hand what our work is all about.

What sort of work do volunteers get involved in?

We have plenty of jobs to do throughout the year and a lot of different tasks are seasonal.

Since the beginning of 2018 we have been focussing on tree felling especially around a new and exciting project to encourage Willow Tits into the local woodlands of Fox Glen, Pothouse Woods and New Hall Woods.

We have also been repairing flood damage from the high winter water levels after recent snow melt, repaired a boardwalk across a stream in Fox Glen, built bird boxes and worked to reinforce river banks to prevent future flooding.

Do I need any training or experience?

All training, protective equipment, refreshments and expenses are provided.

Our current volunteers enjoy a friendly relaxed atmosphere, making new friends, learning new skills and increased confidence.

If you would like to get involved please feel free to contact us on 0114 283 0880 or email

More information can also be found on our Volunteering Page.

1st month as volunteer

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