Young Leaders

Young Leaders Wanted! Love the outdoors? Want to volunteer with a dynamic and fabulous team! Keen to support others learning about and caring for the natural environment? If you answered yes, we want to hear from you. We have several Volunteer Placements available for young people in 2018.

Volunteering with us will offer you a great opportunity to build on your people skills, boost your confidence working with groups and learn some fantastic outdoor skills such as traditional fire craft, green wood working and how to identify wild food or animal tracks and signs.

We almost always have volunteering sessions coming up, so get in touch if you would like to get involved. Join Wild things! for a fun filled day in the woods, and learn new skills in bushcraft, conservation and outdoor leadership. Download the Participant Form and email to holly@wild-things.org.uk if you are interested.

The Wild things! ‘Young Leaders’ programme gives people the opportunity to gain first hand experience working in outdoor learning.

We are looking for individuals between 15 to 24 yrs old who want to volunteer with us over an arranged period of time. Potential volunteers need to have an interest in working with children in the great outdoors as well as being part of a team.

Volunteers will be engaged in many different aspects of Wild things! work as well as have the opportunity to develop leadership qualities along side variety of Bushcraft skills such as fire lighting, shelter building, tool work and naturalist skills. Volunteers will also assist in preparing materials for the activity programme and helping maintain our equipment.

The Young Leaders programme aims to increase confidence, self-esteem and leadership qualities that will contribute to the future development of each volunteer and enhance the possibility of future training or employment.

Volunteers are an important part of the Wild things! team. During your time with us, we will provide training and support whilst you will help us on a range of our programmes in a variety of ways.

Over time you will become a role model for our younger participants; leading group games and teaching some of the field craft you learn with us. You will get the chance to help our Activity Leaders in all aspects of our courses from learning to prepare for a session, coming along to Forest Schools, helping on our wilderness skills camps, You can choose to volunteer on short regular sessions, or on a longer wild camping experience – the tasks you will need to carry out and the skills you will learn vary from case to case.

In return for your commitment and time, Wild things! will offer you a range of training opportunities, from the initial Youth Leader Training course to a  First Aid Certificate through to the chance to participate in the nationally recognised NCFE Level 1 Conservation,  Bushcraft and Leadership Award or our accredited NCFE Level 2 Woodland Activity Leader Training.

After your time with us as a volunteer we will support you in your next steps by signposting you to further training opportunities and where possible, help guide you with your career aspirations.

You need to be 15 or older, willing to learn new skills and have an interest in working with groups of children or young people. You could be looking for a regular commitment – for example one morning a week in a school term, one Saturday a month, or we could take you for a one-off period such as a week or so in the summer holidays. We can also take on committed volunteers for longer or more intensive periods, like three days a week for three or six months.

To become a Young Leader please download and complete our Volunteer Interest Form and Volunteer Participant Form and email both forms back to us at holly@wild-things.org.uk.

“I liked going out to different places to experience new things. I also liked learning new skills like knife work and fire lighting.” – Youth Volunteer