Volunteering with Wild Things is not only a great way to contribute towards wellbeing and conservation across the North-East of Scotland, but an exciting way to gain new skills, qualifications and friendships as well as a network of connections within the environmental sector.
By volunteering on our Fieldwork Team, you will be supporting us to achieve our charitable objective of creating mutually beneficial relationships between individuals, communities and the natural world. We need volunteers to support our staff team and to add value to our charitable programmes which enables us to do more of what we love – sharing our enthusiasm, knowledge and care of Scotland’s stunning natural habitats.
If you’re interested in finding out more, why not complete the volunteer registration form or give us a call to discuss how to get involved.
What programmes can you volunteer on?
Wild Things Holiday Clubs
A fun filled day either in a woodland or coastal location. We have a maximum of 15 children per group and aim to deliver fun and educational activities such as fire lighting, shelter building, tree, plant, and animal ID to name a few. Your role will be to support our experienced field worker to deliver a great experience. We would be meeting at the office for 9am ready to pack the minibus and set off to meet the children for 10.30 and aim to be back no later that 4.30pm.
Growing Wild & Well Wellbeing sessions for adults
A supportive programme to encourage participants to connect with nature and improve their overall wellbeing whilst obtaining a recognised qualification. Each day will provide some environmental education to aid the completion of our accredited training along with wellbeing and conservation activities.
The days will be from approximately 8.30am at the office until around 4pm.
Growing Wild and Well Teens
Growing Wild and Well for teens offers opportunities to vulnerable young people through a school setting. For example those with mental health challenges, who struggle to participate in mainstream education. Most participants will work towards one of our accredited NCFE qualifications designed to improve employability, self-esteem, and life skills. Through these activities we progressively build resilience, healthy habits and friendships so that participants have both the confidence and the skills to volunteer in the other elements of the Silver Saplings project and participate more fully in their local communities.
These activities are from approximately 8.30 – 4pm Programmes starting from the 18th August 2021.
Little Saplings is a health and wellbeing programme for children and is designed to embed the mutual benefits of conservation, mental health, and physical activity.
Each session focuses on a different aspect of our health and wellbeing in the context of the environment. For example, nutrition is explored through foraging and games highlighting the food-web and our symbiotic relationship with the environment. Pupils will complete a John Muir Discovery Award as part of this programme and teachers and classroom assistants attend alongside their pupils so that activities and learning can be continued back in the classroom.
Weekly conservation activities include litter picks, biological recording and habitat restoration. Each class will attend once per week, learning about local natural heritage with emphasis on how looking after our environment helps us to look after ourselves.
These activities are from approximately 8.30 – 1pm programmes starting 2nd September 2021
Silver Saplings Adventures
Silver Saplings Adventures offers older people who are socially isolated a chance to re-engage with their communities and build new friendships whilst connecting with nature taking part in activities which they are no longer able to enjoy due to lack of confidence, equipment, transport or age-related health issues. Examples of our activities include rock pooling, pond dipping, osprey and dolphin spotting, as well as nature-based crafts and gentle but wild walks on beaches, amongst bluebell filled woodlands and the changing colours of autumn.
On arrival, we set up a base camp with sturdy camping chairs, a tipi and campfire as well as a pop-up café. Tea and scones are served whilst participants share stories, reminisce and explore the location with younger volunteers, instructors and using mobility aids where necessary.
These days are usually 9am – 4pm
If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please let us know by filling in the form below. If possible, it would be really helpful to know of any relevant qualifications or certificates such 1st aid, minibus driving experience, work experience etc.
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch, we hope to be working with you soon.