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Wildlife Watch Leader

Location: Carlton Marshes


Volunteers needed to run Wildlife Watch monthly activity sessions for children.

What you’ll be doing:

Wildlife Watch is the family membership of The Wildlife Trusts at a national level and of Suffolk Wildlife Trust locally. Wildlife Watch encourages children to engage with nature and to learn about and take action for wildlife in their local environment.

Our network of volunteers run Wildlife Watch groups across the county for children aged 6-12 years, usually once a month at weekends.

Carlton Marshes Wildlife Watch Group would welcome volunteers who would like to help run the group, including planning a fun and inspiring programme of activities, assisting with leading sessions, leading sessions if and when you feel confident to do so, carryng out risk assessments and promoting the group and its activities.

The skills you need:

A typical Wildlife Watch leader enjoys working with children, is enthusiastic about wildlife and keen to share their enthusiasm with others and enjoys being outdoors. No expert knowledge is required and volunteers receive local and national support and guidance.

What you’ll get out of it:

If you register as an active leader, you will receive:

• A leaders' resource pack to help you plan fun, informative and safe activities

• A local contact for on-the-ground support

• Access to relevant training

• Public liability and personal accident insurance.

• Regular mailings of Link magazine which is packed with news and ideas for activities,Wildlife Watch magazine for children and the local Wildlife Watch leaders' newsletter

Once you have been registered, all materials and services are provided free.

You will also have the opportunity to meet other volunteers working for Suffolk Wildlife Trust, gain valuable work experience of working with children and have fun!

The time you need to give:

Carlton Marshes Wildlife Watch Group meets once a month, usually on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 1.30pm - 3.30pm. You will also need to spend time planning, preparing and publicising sessions.

Other information:

Potential Wildlife Watch leaders will be asked to fill in an application form including two references and a DBS check. They will then be expected to help with the group and meet the Wildlife Watch Coordinator for an informal interview. The Wildlife Watch Coordinator will meet with them again after 6 months to see how they and the group are getting on.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust is committed to ensuring all individuals are aware of their role in safeguarding children whilst volunteering with the Trust.

Contact details:

Sara Holman – Wildlife Watch Coordinator

01473 890089

sara.holman@suffolkwildlifetrust.org