We were pleased to welcome a new member of staff to the Steel Valley Project at the end of March this year. Emma Holdsworth joined us after completing a natural flood management project with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Her background includes working with The Conservation Volunteers, delivering environmental education, and she brings experience in land management, environmental education and engagement with community groups to our team.

Working with our Wednesday and Thursday volunteers, Emma helps to deliver countryside management projects in the Stocksbridge and north Sheffield area. When you contact us to explore volunteering, she will be one of the first people you’ll speak with and, if you decide to get involved, she’ll be on hand to give advice, training and supervision to help build your knowledge and skills.

Emma’s start date was perfect timing as we welcomed our volunteers back to work in April 2021. Due to Covid-19, it had been over a year since our volunteers joined us on site, so it was fantastic to say hello to some old faces and welcome a few new people to the team.

We’re still looking for new volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to help with work on current and future projects such as dry stone walling, footpath maintenance and more. No experience is necessary and whether you’re looking to develop your CV for a career in countryside management or just want to get out and make a difference in your local area, we’re here to help.

All we ask for is a willingness to get stuck in and a commitment to a regular day per week. We provide all the guidance, support and tools, plus we have a comprehensive Covid-19 risk assessment in place and are running things a little differently to ensure everyone is safe and can socially distance from each other.

Our volunteer teams are known for their supportive and friendly atmospheres in which people can learn and enjoy being outdoors so, if that sounds like something you’d enjoy, get in touch to find out more! Even better, if you see our volunteers working in your area, go and say hello.

For more information, please email info@steelvalleyproject.org

Click through the images below to see examples of the projects which Emma’s volunteer teams have been working on recently:

The Steel Valley Project is a registered charity and has been working in the Stocksbridge and Upper Don Valley area for nearly 30 years.

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