Over the years we’ve done a few things to raise funds for RSPB Cymru, but nothing mega. At the most there was only six or seven of us, now there is only four, but we all care about nature, and about educating the younger generation, getting them interested in all things 'great and small', they are the conservationists of tomorrow at the end of the day!
Everyone has a talent, we make cards, book marks, quizzes, framed photographs of the reserve, make jams, marmalade, grow plants, run a 'pre loved' book stall, we've arranged one or two wildlife talks, made little wooden log feeders with
We've done Easter things, lots of Christmas activities with children, raffles ( although as I say they can be hard going), tombolas, any bric a brac we've collected together and taken a table at table top sales sometimes. holes (we all know someone who will drill the holes) to fill with a fat cake recipe--which is provided with it along with a large fir cone at a £1 each, we've sold hundreds!
Then of course there is the ‘Favourite Walks' collection by a few well known people and staff at RSPB Conwy, which I am currently updating. Joy (one of the other members) sometimes runs Jive dances and has arranged special charity nights with experts, they were brilliant, with quizzes and raffles and lots of laughing.
Not to forget putting our 'long suffering' but really good sport manager in the stocks!
Everyone knows someone, or maybe someone with contacts to well known wildlife presenters etc, and if not, well I just ask, as they can only say 'yes' or 'no' I've found contact numbers through googling a name. They rarely said 'no'!
Above all we've had some fun, meeting over a cuppa when we've bandied ideas off each other, one idea can develop and lead to another, and many of the other volunteers at RSPB Conwy will help us if needed at various activities/functions. Everyone's great.
To find out how you can volunteer at this great reserve come along to the Volunteer Open afternoon on June 14 between 2 and 4pm.
Conwy Fundraising Group
Have you ever thought about volunteering for RSPB Cymru and not quite sure where to start? Come along to RSPB Conwy Volunteering open afternoon and find out how and where you could get involved. Whether you have a couple of hours or are interested in a more regular commitment there is a volunteering role for you.
I could try and convince you how great it is but thought I would ask some of our current volunteers to do that instead.
Jo one of our retail assistant said she enjoys her time volunteering at RSPB Conwy and said “ you become part of something big.”
‘ I love giving something back’ Jo B, retail assistant.
‘ Why do I volunteer? It’s simple, I can use my experience and passion for good effect. And it keeps my brain active!’ Optics advisor Eric
: ‘It’s all about the birds and you meet some great people too’ Wildlife Guide Jo P
‘It’s great experience, and we are helping children to develop an interest in nature’ Learning Assistant Matt.
‘I enjoy meeting people and helping the RSPB’ Visitor survey, Brenda.
‘ Each week is different, I can be helping with a children’s birthday party, organising family events and recruiting new members for the RSPB.’ Margaret Visitor Experience Volunteer
Long time RSPB volunteer Matthew Scott recently won the Millenium Volunteer Ultimate Award. The MV helps young (14-30) people in Northern Ireland to combine volunteering with their academic and personal lives. Matthew has volunteered in a wide variety of places and roles for the RSPB since 2011 and last year received his long overdue 200 Hour Award for Millenium Volunteers and thoroughly deserves this latest award.
At just 20 years of age, Matthew has somehow combined his dedication to volunteering and nature conservation with his studies at Queens University, Belfast. Here we see him collecting his latest award from Maire Young, Chairperson of the Youth Council NI & Jane Gribbin, Volunteer Now Youth Manager and a few words from the young man himself!
'I never expected to have my volunteering work with the RSPB recognised through receiving the MV Ultimate Award. It was a big surprise, but obviously very much appreciated. The awards night was very enjoyable, with some inspirational speeches from a range of individuals, and enjoyable performances from talented local musicians. My RSPB volunteering to date has proved invaluable as I leave university and begin to embark on my career path in the conservation sector. I have been able to draw on a wealth of incredible experiences in both applications and interviews; experiences that wouldn't have been realised without the help and support of fellow staff and volunteers. So thank you.'
Here's to many more hours of volunteering and conservation work Matthew, and hopefully more awards too! Congratulations from everyone at RSPB Volunteering HQ