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Volunteering Opportunities

Writers Wanted For a Young Person's Magazine in Wisbech

‘It Can’t be’ provides a volunteering opportunity for young people to work together
to produce, and distribute a magazine for young people about matters that interest us
as young people.

We are recruiting young people up to the age of 25 to write for the magazine, and to produce it, including the rather exceptional ‘Phantom of Wisbech’ cartoons.  So far, we have recruited 28 young people to contribute and already have a very powerful article ready for issue five.

We recruit young people directly from the Job café that we attend as the Volunteer Centre Fenland at the Queen Mary Centre every Friday morning from 10:00AM to 12 noon, and also from direct referrals by other agencies such as Nova, NACRO, and the College of West Anglia.

For the next two issues, the best piece that is published will win a voucher entitling a group of ten young people to free paintball. Anyone up to the age of 25 is encouraged to write a piece from their own personal experience and of their own interest. 

Click on the links below to download the current editions of 'It Can't Be':

Duke of Edinburgh's Award Volunteering Opportunities

(Hinchingbrooke Country Park and Paxton Pits)

Bronze Awards

Site checkers

Volunteers are required to walk around various sites ensuring they remain clean tidy and safe for visitors. The location can be near your home and includes sites such as Hinchingbrooke Country Park near Huntingdon and Paxton Pits Nature Reserve near St Neots.  Volunteers will be involved with clearing litter and checking structures such as benches or locating signs. Having walked the route volunteers will record their findings so that the Rangers can continue to maintain and improve the facilities.

This opportunity ideally suits young people working towards their bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. 

For more information, contact the Rangers at either:

Paxton Pits Nature Reserve

Hinchingbrooke Country Park

Café Assistant

Are you interested in catering and would like to volunteer in a busy café in a country park?  The Café Supervisor at Hinchingbrooke Country Park would love to hear from you.

Volunteers are required to help the café staff with serving customers, clearing tables and keeping the kitchen clean and tidy in Hinchingbrooke Country Park’s café.  The café is open every day except Christmas Day and volunteers are welcome every day of the week including weekends and school holidays. 

This opportunity ideally suits young people working towards their bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.  Full training is provided and you will be an important part of a small and friendly team. 

For further information contact Hinchingbrooke Country Park:

Tel: 01480 388666 or Email: Hinchingbrookecountrypark@huntingdonshire.gov.uk

Silver and Gold Awards

Visitor Surveys on Parks and Greenspaces

Huntingdonshire District Council’s Countryside Services Rangers are keen to find volunteers to help complete Greenspaces survey forms with the public at parks and green spaces in Huntingdonshire.  This is to get feedback from the public about how the sites are being used. 

This project ideally suits young people working towards their silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh awards and involves talking to members of the public at sites and asking them to complete a questionnaire.  The information from the questionnaires then needs to be entered onto a spreadsheet so that the results can be collated and analysed. 

For more information, contact the Rangers:

Tel: 01480 406795 or Email: paxtonpits@huntingdonshire.gov.uk


General volunteering opportunities with Countryside Services

(Hinchingbrooke Country Park, Paxton Pits and Huntingdonshire’s Community Plant and Tree Nursery in Godmanchester)

Events Assistant

At Hinchingbrooke Country Park near Huntingdon, volunteers aged 16+ are required to get involved and help with a variety of events during school holidays and weekends.  These range from indoor art activities to pond dipping to a busy Santa’s grotto.  This could involve showing people wildlife, setting children off on a trail, giving out prizes when they return, car park marshalling or dressing up as a pirate or an elf!  Generally these are family events for children of all ages.  Full training is provided. 

For further information contact the Rangers at Hinchingbrooke Country Park:

Tel: 01480 388666 or Email: Hinchingbrookecountrypark@huntingdonshire.gov.uk

School Visits Assistant

Do you want to inspire children in the environment?  Do you have free time mid week during the summer term? The Rangers at Hinchingbrooke Country Park, Huntingdon would love to hear from you. 

Volunteers aged 16+ are required to get involved and help the Rangers with leading school visits to Hinchingbrooke Country Park between April and July in term time.  Education activities may include pond dipping, minibeast hunting, den building, compass work and other environmental topics.  As full training is provided, a level of commitment is required.  No experience is necessary but volunteers should have an interest in the natural world and a desire to engage and inspire children. 

For further information contact the Rangers at Hinchingbrooke Country Park:

Tel: 01480 388666 or Email: Hinchingbrookecountrypark@huntingdonshire.gov.uk

Café Assistant

Are you interested in catering and would like experience in a busy café in a country park?  The Café Supervisor at Hinchingbrooke Country Park would love to hear from you.

Volunteers aged 14+ are required to help the café staff with serving customers, clearing tables and keeping the kitchen clean and tidy in Hinchingbrooke Country Park’s café.  The café is open every day except Christmas Day and volunteers are welcome every day of the week including weekends and school holidays.  Full training is provided and you will be an important part of a small and friendly team.  This could perhaps lead to job opportunities for the right candidates. 

For further information contact Hinchingbrooke Country Park:

Tel: 01480 388666 or Email: Hinchingbrookecountrypark@huntingdonshire.gov.uk         

Voluntary Warden

Are you aged 18+ and enjoy talking to people?  Are you interested in working in a busy Visitor Centre on a nature reserve serving light refreshments?  The Rangers at Paxton Pits Nature Reserve, near St Neots would love to hear from you.

Volunteers are required to provide a warm welcome to customers and help maintain the opening of the Visitor Centre at Paxton Pits Nature Reserve.  The Voluntary Wardens work in pairs to serve drinks and snacks, talk to visitors about wildlife and the reserve, use a cash till and sell sales goods, keep the centre clean and tidy and open and lock up the building. The visitor centre is open every day except Christmas day and Voluntary Wardens work from either 9.30AM until 1:00PM or from 1:00PM to 5:00PM.  Volunteers are asked to carry out a minimum of one session each month.   Full training is provided. 

For further information contact the Rangers at Paxton Pits Nature Reserve:

Tel: 01480 406795 or Email: paxtonpits@huntingdonshire.gov.uk

Site Checkers

Volunteers are required to walk around various sites ensuring they remain clean tidy and safe for visitors. The location can be near your home and includes sites such as Hinchingbrooke Country Park near Huntingdon and Paxton Pits Nature Reserve near St Neots.  Volunteers will be involved with clearing litter and checking structures such as benches or locating signs. Having walked the route volunteers will record their findings so that the Rangers can continue to maintain and improve the facilities.
This opportunity would suit anyone who regularly walks around the countryside sites, dog walkers for example.  

For more information, contact the Rangers at Paxton Pits Nature Reserve:

Tel: 01480 406795 or Email: paxtonpits@huntingdonshire.gov.uk or

Hinchingbrooke Country Park:

Tel: 01480 388666 or Email: Hinchingbrookecountrypark@huntingdonshire.gov.uk

Huntingdonshire Community Plant and Tree Nursery Volunteer

Do you have an interest in plants or growing fruit and vegetables and would like to learn more and perhaps get your hands dirty? Could you help market and sell the produce that is grown on site and would like to help weigh and package the goods?
Volunteers are required to help at Huntingdonshire’s Community Plant and Tree Nursery in Godmanchester to help with a variety of jobs ranging from weeding to vegetable planting, seed sowing to fruit harvesting, mulching to grass cutting as well as the sale of all the produce.  The nursery is open from 9:00AM until 4:00PM Monday, Wednesday and Friday and on the second Saturday of the month from 10:00AM to 1:00PM. 

For further information contact Brian Gardner on Tel: 07795 237727 or Email: brian.gardner@huntingdonshire.gov.uk


Here are some links to more opportunities for volunteering locally:

Shepreth Wildlife Park 
A chance to experience working in a real life wildlife park!

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award - Opportunities for volunteering and more

 

 

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