Help children in Newcastle and Gateshead discover the wonder of nature

Chris Collett

Thursday 8 September 2016

RSPB seeks volunteers to help with schools nature project

The RSPB is calling on nature lovers to help inspire children about wildlife as part of an ambitious schools nature project in Newcastle and Gateshead.

Funded by the sale of single use plastic carrier bags by ALDI, the RSPB's Connecting Children with Nature project enables children in 15 cities across the UK to experience and explore nature first-hand by running sessions in their school grounds.

Last year, the RSPB helped introduce more than 3,000 primary school children from Newcastle and Gateshead to the delights of the natural world and this year we are planning on inspiring even more young minds.

To achieve this, the RSPB needs to expand its existing team of excellent schools outreach volunteers in Newcastle and Gateshead.

Jill Wesolowski, Schools Outreach Officer for Newcastle and Gateshead, explains: "We are looking for people with a passion for nature who can take children aged 5-12 outdoors and show them the brilliant birds, bugs and flowers that thrive outside their classroom window.

"We believe that connecting with nature should be a part of every child's life. There's loads of scientific evidence, which shows that getting outdoors and engaging with nature can have a wide range of benefits for children including improved physical and mental health, and even increased academic performance. It's also great fun and can lead to a lifelong love and appreciation for everything that chirps, snuffles, buzzes and flutters.

"If you think you've got the skills to communicate your love of nature to children and can inspire them to cherish wildlife, then we'd love to hear from you."

People interested in volunteering for the Connecting with Nature project in Newcastle and Gateshead should contact Jill Wesolowski on 07718 972299 or at

  • 1. Profits from Aldi's single use carrier bag sales in England and Wales are expected to see the charity receive donations in excess of £2m over a three year period.
  • 2. In October 2015, UK Government department Defra introduced a minimum 5p charge for single use carrier bags in a bid to reduce consumer usage and protect the environment. The move follows similar charges that have been introduced in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in recent years.
  • 3. The RSPB is the UK's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We play a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.

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