Wilder Woods

Central Somerset Outdoor Learning Partnership

Volunteering

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Community Conservation and General Volunteering

We run regular ‘Volunteer Days’ at Drayton and Hallr Woods to manage our woods and improve bio-diversity. These days are a chance to learn skills and enjoy being outside doing conservation and general woodland jobs. We welcome young and old (although children under 12 should be accompanied). These are advertised on our callendar and through facebook events.

Duke of Edinburgh volunteers are welcome.

There are also opportunities to help with our group generally; manning a stall at an event, helping with publicity and marketing, administration, fund raising and repairing equipment and resources.

Our group has also helped organize village litter picks as part of our wider environmental aims and we are linked in to local transition town movements. We hold regular OPEN DAYS at our sites.

Volunteers interested in becoming forest school leaders are welcome to help on sessions subject to leader approval. We have mentored and supported many leaders, including providing opportunities for portfolio sessions. However anyone who visits or helps on sessions attended by children will work under supervision and is obliged to follow our Child Protection Policy. They are also expected to provide referees and have a DBS check in place. We can process DBS through South Somerset District Council for our volunteers working with children and vulnerable adults.

Volunteers Currently Needed

We are currently looking for volunteers at both Drayton and Hallr Woods to help with our exciting new project supported through Awards for All, Woods for Well Being. We need people willing to support those who maybe struggling with mental ill health, lonely, bereaved and/or otherwise in need of a ‘Green Prescription’. We will be offering week day woodland sessions at both venues, cooking a healthy lunch and providing a variety of crafts. We will also be encouraging participants (where appropriate) to get involved in our Community Volunteering Days too and ‘buddies’ for these days would also be helpful.

AT HALLR WOOD. We are always looking for volunteers to help on a long term basis on Wednesdays at Hallr Wood,  our woodland project in Charlton Mackrell near Somerton. We especially need help with our vegetable growing area and with woodland mangement and other projects but there are options to get involved on many different levels including forest school delivery to children and young people.

Contact forestschool@beccott.com for more info or phone 07597806828

AT DRAYTON WOODS¬† Hannah needs volunteers to help with the upkeep of Drayton Woods, also on week day after school forest school Friday sessions, family sessions, holiday play and ‘Woods for Well Being’ sessions.

Contact hannah@madasafish.org or phone 01458 252463.

Most events for volunteers are advertised in our calendar but it is worth calling Jane, Deb or Hannah for more information and to check on availlability of extra sessions.

Do come and join our friendly group!

Our Volunteer Contact is Jane Wilson: jane.prioryfarm@talktalk.net or 01458 446799

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