Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (aka Will and Kate) who are celebrating their first wedding anniversary today. Since we have the word “Royal” in our name then it is only fitting that the RSPB pays tribute to the happy occasion.
What better than offering them a special edition union jack collecting bucket – upturned for to make a stunning Royal wedding cake stand:
We emailed the Duke and Duchess last week to ask if they might possibly be able to take part in a Love Nature Week collection. (We're eagerly waiting to hear back!) You too could sign up for your local fundraising collection. Find out more here: www.rspb.org.uk/bucketcollections
In honour of the RSPB’s “Year of the Bucket”, I’m writing a list of 101 Things to Do with a Bucket and I want your suggestions. Got an idea for what to do with a bucket? Post a comment or tweet #101buckets @RSPBMidlands
Love Nature Week is on the horizon - the fundraising event is only one month away! Volunteers could find themselves as a tiger, monkey or even a bumblebee...
Yesterday morning an exciting package arrived at the RSPB’s Midlands office in Banbury. It contained two furry new costumes – a tiger and a monkey. Staff (being nature lovers) couldn’t help but try it on…
These costumes are for the forthcoming Love Nature Week bucket collections and also, more topically, the Together for Trees collection in September. Together for Trees is all about raising money for the rainforest – hence monkey and tiger.
Now, if you are one of the 300 volunteers who’s already signed up for a collection the you might also be thinking about costumes. With the addition of an extra RSPB bucket you could add a hump to a pantomime horse to make a pantomime camel. Although camels aren’t exactly the first species that springs to mind when thinking of the RSPB’s conservation work…
Anyone reading the news this week will know that there’s currently a project underway to bring short-haired bumblebees back to the UK. So we reckon that any young kids could don a homemade bumblebee costume for Love Nature Week. It can be carefully crafted from a couple of spare collecting buckets.
What do you think?
If you haven’t already signed up for Love Nature Week – do it now! Love Nature Week is the RSPB’s biggest annual fundraising event. This year is takes place from 26 May to 3 June. Find out more here: www.rspb.org.uk/bucketcollections
In honour of the RSPB’s Big Yellow Fundraising Buckets, I’m writing a list of 101 Things to Do with a Bucket and I want your suggestions. Share them by posting a comment or Twittter #101buckets . Tweet me directly @RSPBMidlands
Following on from my last blog, I thought it would be interesting to hear how it was for a couple of our volunteers. Do you use your professional skills for us or another organisation, if so, leave me a comment and share with what you do, and how you feel about it.
Phillip Plummer writes: During a period of time between jobs I came across a vacancy on the RSPB website for a volunteer with procurement experience, to undertake a procurement analysis exercise. A report of the recommendations and findings would be passed to the Management Board. My career is in procurement and this role would combine two of my interests, enabling me to use my skills as a Buyer as well as volunteering for the RSPB. I applied and was thrilled to be accepted.
I volunteered two days a week working in the Finance Department and was given the full support and backing at management and director level. From day one I was treated as a full time member of staff, it was a most satisfying and enjoyable experience.
I looked forward to my visits with the aim of doing all I could to assist the RSPB to reduce costs within its Purchasing functions. All the RSPB’s staff were brilliant, making me feel welcome from day one and treating me as part of their team. I was even given the opportunity to visit any department to talk to any member of staff. Not just at the head office in Sandy but at regional offices and reserves. I quickly realised how dedicated and professional the RSPB staff were, it was a pleasure working with them. They were already looking at ways of reducing purchasing costs and had implemented or were implementing new ways of working. In some ways i was learning from them.
Any volunteering role for the RSPB is a wonderful experience not to forget, I would recommend it highly. For those who have retired, are between jobs or have the time then there are an abundance of ways you can use your professional skills to help the RSPB. Any skills you have are always welcomed and you are working with like minded professionals who appreciate your knowledge and experience.
For me it is about giving my time and experience to a charity that relies greatly upon the help of volunteers to help out in so many aspects of its work. In return I am with like minded people who care for birds and nature.
During my time at The Lodge I met and worked with many other volunteers helping the RSPB in so many different ways.
I would certainly do it again!"
Dr. Ajaz Sheikh, a GP from our medical panel says: It gives me enormous satisfaction to know that my professional knowledge could be of any benefit to the good nature people who volunteer for such noble cause as the RSPB's conservation work.