Community Forum Volunteer

Represent the RSPB within local community forums and community projects. Be an advocate for the RSPB and take up opportunities for collaboration within communities around Old Moor

Posted:
Friday 22 January 2021
Vacancy type:
Publicity and promotional, Inspiring young people, Volunteering at home
Location:
Old Moor

What we're looking for

Do you have a passion for community? Do you enjoy working collaboratively to achieve great things in your local patch? We'd love you to join us! RSPB Old Moor is a wildlife reserve between Rotherham and Barnsley, within easy reach of local communities. The reserve is a 'visitor haven' for introducing anyone to British wildlife in a safe, fun and accessible environment. A key outcome of our recently secured National Lottery Heritage funding is to make more and deeper connections between the reserves and the surrounding communities. There is a suite of activities and events to engage with individual households but our presence in the community could be greatly enhanced by engaging with groups and community projects. We're after someone to: • represent the RSPB within local community forums and community projects. • be an advocate for the RSPB and take up opportunities for collaboration within communities around Old Moor • to enthuse community members about the RSPB's mission This role will involve travel around the communities local to RSPB Old Moor. Time commitment to the role is flexible and will be reactive to opportunities and demand as they arise. Obviously Covid-19 is affecting the delivery of our National Lottery Heritage project, but we are keen to recruit volunteers so that when we can commence community outreach we are ready to go.

The skills you need

Well organised A people person who loves to work with all sorts of people and find ways to cooperate. You should confident and a good public speaker Happy to represent the RSPB views and values, setting aside personal views. Able to travel through the local area. Willingness to undertake training to begin volunteering. Some of this training is online, but we will give you any support you need.

Your time

Minimum:
Flexible, equivalent of one day per fortnight
Duration:
Ongoing
Period:
All year round

What's in it for you?

You will be pivotal to connecting RSPB Old Moor to its local communities. You could be our link to projects, groups and organisations who share our vision for a greener Dearne Valley and spread the word of the exciting projects coming up at Old Moor. Utilise/ further develop your networking, collaboration, communication and public speaking skills to make a real difference to what the RSPB can achieve in the Dearne Valley. Meet and work with all sorts of different people and be a valued part of a friendly, supportive team. The training, equipment and regular line manager support to help you excel in your community forum role, including GDPR, volunteer management system training and safeguarding training. Gain a greater understanding of the RSPB, it's vision and ways of working, and an induction of RSPB Old Moor and our network of sites in the Dearne Valley. Represent the charity with RSPB uniform and name badge. We can provide reference of your volunteering with us, if appropriate

How to apply

Contact

Elizabeth Harding, Old Moor
Tel: 01226 273830
Email: Elizabeth.Harding@RSPB.ORG.UK

Notes

Background information, training and uniform will be provided for you. Travel expenses to and from your volunteering can be reimbursed (up to 25 mile radius each way). The RSPB is the country's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. By volunteering your time and talents you can help us increase our impact and help us save more nature. Like nature, our survival depends on diversity. Nature has no borders and neither do we. We believe that nature is everybody's right and being an equal, diverse organisation is the right thing to do to find solutions to our common challenges. We recognise the value of difference and want all volunteers to feel welcome, included and able to be themselves. We want to better reflect the communities in which we work so particularly welcome more volunteer applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and people under 25. We have a good representation from people with disabilities amongst our volunteers and are open to discussion of any adjustments you may need or want to volunteer.

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