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Organisation Name
Lincolnshire Wildlife Park
Title of role
Animal Keeping - Lincolnshire Wildlife Park - 2019/20
Number of volunteer places available
5
Tasks

Animal husbandry, enclosure and general park cleaning, food preparation, enrichment building, record keeping, public interaction.

Location

Friskney, Lincolnshire

What kind of support/supervision will you receive?

Volunteers will be shadowed by a trained member of staff for their introductory period. There is a HR team in the office for any queries, concerns or comments from volunteers.

Personal qualities and requirements

Confident and positive attitude toward manual work. The majority of the work will be to support cleanliness throughout the park. They must uphold a professional yet compassionate relationship towards all species of animals, especially birds, with the park housing The National Parrot Sanctuary of over 1000 parrots.

Employability skills you will learn or develop
Organisation, Learning and Adaptability, Communication
Availability

Volunteers can volunteer for as much or as little as available.

However we suggest at least 1-2 days per week to gain a better and more consistent experience.

Working hours are usually 9am - 5pm (March - Oct), or 9am - 4pm (Nov - Feb)

Additional Info

Most suited to students who have a keen interest in the more manual side of an animal based career, such as zoo keeping.

Students will initially be sent information via email about the park and job role, to read before proceeding. Following this, an interview will be arranged via email with our Animal Manager. The student will then receive confirmation or declination via email, following their interview.

A start date and regular dates or hours to be fulfilled will be confirmed between the park and the student & information sent to prepare them for their first day.

On their first day, they will receive our policies to read and sign, and then an induction. They will then be shadowed by a keeper for the duration of their introductory period, until an appraisal with the animal manager to review their progress and future plan with us.


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Organisation Name
Saxilby with Ingleby Parish Council
Title of role
Conservation Volunteer - Saxilby with Ingleby Parish Council - 2019/20
Number of volunteer places available
Unlimited
Tasks

Tidying, sweeping, raking, painting fences, improving the canal area including protecting and improving wildlife, heritage and visitor experience.

Refreshments and cake will be available during volunteer days.

Location

Saxilby Waterfront— Bridge Street and the Fossdyke Canal, Bridge Street, Saxilby

What kind of support/supervision will you receive?

Support the Canal and River Trust Volunteer Team Leader and other Working Group members. All safety procedures and work instructions will be given on the day.

Personal qualities and requirements

Enthusiasm, likes the outdoors and willing to get stuck in. Please wear old clothes and protective footwear if you have any.

Employability skills you will learn or develop
Problem Solving, Team Working, Perseverance and Initiative
Availability

Volunteer days are every month alternating between a Saturday and a Monday from 9.30 to 3pm. Volunteers can drop in at any time during the day.

Next volunteer session is Monday 1st April.

Additional Info

Anyone can be a volunteer. Please contact Saxilby Parish Council for more information and directions of how to get to Saxilby. There is a regular bus route and trains from Lincoln Station and a cycle path.


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Organisation Name
Clean Lincoln Everywhere And Now
Title of role
Environmental Officer - Clean Lincoln Everywhere And Now - 2019/20
Number of volunteer places available
Unlimited
Tasks

• Organise and execute individual litter picks

• Volunteer for C.L.E.A.N’s organised litter picks

Location

Anywhere volunteers want to perform a litter pick. The equipment is stored at the CLEAN hubs, one at the Lincoln City Football Club Stadium, one at ONENK in North Hykeham.

What kind of support/supervision will you receive?

On C.L.E.A.N’s organised events there will be CLEAN team leaders supervising the event. When individuals organise an event we provide them with 24/7 available online/telephone support as well as supply them with all the information they need.

Personal qualities and requirements

Good sense of health and safety. This role is suitable for anyone who wants to make difference to being proactive in taking care of the environment.

Employability skills you will learn or develop
Leadership, Communication, Organisation
Availability

Our events run around once every three months. We loan the equipment all year round so volunteers can perform litter pick event’s as often as they like, when ever they like as long as the equipment is available.

Additional Info
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Organisation Name
Canal and River Trust
Title of role
Events Assistant Volunteer - Canal and River Trust - 2019/20
Number of volunteer places available
Unlimited
Tasks

The Canal and River Trust are looking for volunteer to support our Community and Events Team to deliver a variety of events across the region and engage with the local community. Events Assistant Volunteers will get in involved in the following:

- Help with the delivery of local events across the East Midlands in summer 2020.

- Water sports, arts and crafts, walking groups, wildlife activities, boat trips, talks.

- Helping to set up equipment, working with the public and helping to increase the profile of the charity.

Location
Various across Lincolnshire
What kind of support/supervision will you receive?

Supervision from a Canal and River Trust member of staff.

A full induction to the Trust's vision and values.

Ongoing training.

Reimbursement of genuine out of pocket expenses.

Covered by the Trust's insurance.

Personal qualities and requirements

• Good customer service skills

• Willingness to pitch in and work as a team

• Whatever your skills and experience, we will find an activity that suits you.

Employability skills you will learn or develop
Team Working, Communication, Organisation
Availability

Support will be required on an ad hoc basis, however there will be a full programme of events to support over the spring and summer, we are looking for people who can support these events when it is convenient for them.

Events usually range from 2 to 8 hours depending on the type of event.

Additional Info

This role is suitable for individuals who are looking for experience in Events Management, as volunteers will be pivotal in helping to plan and deliver our participatory events across the region during the Spring and Summer of 2020.

This role is also suitable for individuals who are outgoing, happy to get involved and have good customer service skills, however we are happy to work with any enthusiastic volunteers and will find a role suitable for you.


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Organisation Name
Bransby Horses
Title of role
Gardener - Bransby Horses - 2019/20
Number of volunteer places available
5
Tasks

This exciting venture will bring together each area of Bransby Horses.

You will have the opportunity to brighten up various areas across the Bransby Horses site with beautiful planters, hanging baskets and other floral displays.

There is the opportunity to be involved with the general maintenance associated with a garden such as the painting of sheds and the greenhouse, creating raised beds as well as nurturing seeds through their various stages of development. This is a very exciting new venture will develop year on year.

We are looking for volunteers with an interest in gardening/a willingness to learn about the pleasures of gardening.

Becoming a gardening volunteer will give you the opportunity to:

• Gardening across the whole Bransby Horses site

• Grow and nurture plants from seed

• Plant up containers and hanging baskets

• Maintain, water and weed hanging baskets, planters, green house plants and raised beds

• Promote the benefits of the being a member of the Bransby Horses gardening club and how it impacts on the day to day life of the Charity.

• Talk to and engage with the general public about the work of Bransby Horses.

• Keeping the designated garden areas weed free and in a presentable condition.

Location

Bransby Horses, Lincoln, LN1 2PH

Set within our beautiful 600-acre site based near Saxilby, Lincoln. Due to the nature of our charity we are set in a remote location which unfortunately means that we are not on a bus route or very local to a train station or bus stop. Meaning it is quite difficult to access us without your own transport.

What kind of support/supervision will you receive?

This is quite an independent role, but there will always be the volunteer team to support and a point of contact within the charity.

Personal qualities and requirements

• Ability to work independently

• Interest in gardening/horticulture

• Good communication skills

• Flexibility

• Team player

• Reliable

• Good listener

• Ability to follow plans and instructions

• Approachable

• Punctual

• Honest and trustworthy

• Adaptability to various situations

Employability skills you will learn or develop
Problem Solving, Team Working, Perseverance and Initiative , Learning and Adaptability, Communication, Organisation
Availability

Flexible – get in touch for more details.

Additional Info

This role would be suited to an independent person who enjoys gardening, the environment and conservation.

The application process includes an informal chat and an application form and assessment form. The application process can take as little as a week depending on availability and how quickly the application form is returned.

Students will hear back from us in at least two weeks.


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Organisation Name
New Roots Housing Project
Title of role
Green Fingers Volunteer - New Roots Housing Project - 2019/20
Number of volunteer places available
4
Tasks

The Green Fingers Volunteer role is flexible and volunteers can work with the Volunteer Coordinator to create a role according to their own interests, skills and knowledge. As a guideline the main tasks involved in this role are outlined below:

Maintain New Roots' allotment garden, with a particular focus on:

- Mowing

- Weeding

- Growing produce

- Work with the Volunteer Coordinator to develop the allotment garden and other sites, cultivating productive growing spaces and creating educational areas and resources.

Support the involvement of service users in gardening tasks, and their learning about growing their own food.

Location

New Roots Housing Project, 2-4 Overend Road, Worksop, S80 1QF

What kind of support/supervision will you receive?

New Roots is always looking for enthusiastic people, of any background, who feel they could make a difference to the project. All you need is the drive and enthusiasm to help vulnerable young people make positive changes in their lives.

Whether you're looking for the chance to give something back, a bit of work experience, or something to do in your free time, New Roots can offer:

- A meaningful volunteer experience with a vibrant, dynamic local charity.

- The chance to make positive changes in the lives of our young people.

- A full induction and training around working with vulnerable young people.

- Access to ongoing support and development, including further training appropriate to your role.

- Travel and other agreed expenses.

- Valuable work experience and a reference resource for the future.

Personal qualities and requirements

This role would suit someone who:

- Has some experience of gardening or horticulture, either through education, employment or volunteering.

- Is enthusiastic about working in an outdoor environment.

- Is familiar with the importance of health and safety.

- Is an excellent communicator.

- Has an understanding of safeguarding, confidentiality and the needs of vulnerable young people.

- Is a reliable team player with a sense of humour and a positive attitude.

- A full driving licence and access to your own vehicle would be highly advantageous.

Employability skills you will learn or develop
Communication, Perseverance and Initiative , Team Working
Availability

Tuesdays, 10.30am-3pm or 1-2 hours per week (flexible).

Additional Info

Application process for volunteers:

- Complete Application Form and Equality Form.

- Attend informal interview.

- Attend induction training, submit references and DBS Check.

Timescale from application to starting volunteering:

1-3 weeks

When can students expect to hear back from you once they have been referred?

Within 1 week.


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Organisation Name
Lincoln Castle
Title of role
Grounds Volunteer - Lincoln Castle - 2019/20
Number of volunteer places available
Unlimited
Tasks

• Assist with all horticultural tasks: weeding, pruning, sowing, edging, paths, irrigation and strimming.

• Welcoming all visitors to Lincoln Castle and assisting with their enquiries in a positive and friendly manner.

• Have or develop an understanding of what our legal obligations are as a scheduled monument, and what we are allowed to do within the grounds.

• Keep the grounds litter free at all times.

• Upholding the Castle Code, including ensuring assistance guide dogs only are permitted on site.

• Using the site radio to keep in touch with other members of the team.

• You will be an important part of making sure things run as smoothly and safely as possible and this includes getting to know health and safety and evacuation procedures.

• There might occasionally be some other activities that are of interest to you, that we could use your help with.

Location

The grounds of Lincoln Castle.

What kind of support/supervision will you receive?

• Full Induction and training provided.

• Lincoln Castle Volunteer uniform and name badge provided.

• Personal Protective Equipment will be provided for all relevant tasks as required.

Personal qualities and requirements

• A Basic knowledge of Horticulture.

• A commitment to excellent customer service.

• Good level of written and spoken English.

• Well-presented.

• Level of physical fitness appropriate to tasks being undertaken, and the ability to work outdoors in all weathers.

• Personable and reliable.

Employability skills you will learn or develop
Learning and Adaptability, Team Working, Communication, Organisation
Availability

We operate on a shift system with shifts available from 10am until 1.30pm or from 1.30pm until 5pm seven days a week.

There is no set requirement as to how often a volunteer should do a shift but if they have not done at least one shift in three months they are removed from the role.

Additional Info

After referral the student should receive an application form within 3 working days.

Once the application form is returned the student will be asked to provide referees.

Once the references have been collected the student will be asked to attend an induction. The inductions run once per month so the process from application to first shift could take up to 6 weeks depending on how quickly the references are received by us.


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Organisation Name
Bransby Horses
Title of role
Nature and Land Management Assistant - Bransby Horses - 2019/20
Number of volunteer places available
5
Tasks

Grange Farm is a newly acquired site (at Barlings, Langworth) which requires maintaining and developing. We are looking for volunteers who are enthusiastic about getting hands on within the 800 acres over at Grange Farm, Barlings.

This role is definitely for someone who has a passion for the great outdoors and nature. The main purpose is assisting with the maintenance, management and care of everything involved in this spectacular environment.

As this volunteering opportunity is away from our main site in Bransby Village, it does require an individual who has the ability to travel to Barlings, Langworth.

This exciting, new venture is perfect for an individual who is passionate about the environment and nature, it will develop year on year with ongoing plans to develop the Grange Farm site.

This is a very physical role so will require someone who loves outdoor life, is physically fit and doesn’t mind a bit of wind, rain & mud! The role will involve every area of environmental conservation; you will get the chance to be involved with:

• Tree pruning/thinning

• Tree planting

• Other tasks involved in tree management

• Various tasks involved in fence erection and repairs

• Grass Cutting/Strimming

• Bramble Bashing

• Basic DIY Tasks such as making tree guards, putting up bird boxes etc.

• Monitoring and tracking wildlife (Pen & Paper Provided!)

And also, various other outdoor maintenance work.

Location

Grange Farm, Barlings, Langworth, LN3 5DF

As this volunteering opportunity is away from our main site in Bransby Village, it does require an individual who has the ability to travel to Barlings, Langworth.

What kind of support/supervision will you receive?

This is quite an independent role; however, you will never be working alone, you will be working alongside the member of staff at Grange Farm along with other volunteers. The volunteer team will always be there to support and be a point of contact within the charity.

Personal qualities and requirements

Qualifications and Experience

• Previous basic DIY Skills

• Previous experience in using hand tools

• Knowledgeable about wild plants, wildlife and other habitats

Personal Qualities

• Ability to work independently

• Practically minded

• Happy to work on initiative

• Enthusiastic about nature

• Good communication skills

• Flexibility

• Team player

• Reliable

• Good listener

• Ability to follow plans and instructions

• Approachable

• Punctual

• Honest and trustworthy

• Adaptability to various situations

Employability skills you will learn or develop
Organisation, Team Working, Problem Solving, Learning and Adaptability, Perseverance and Initiative , Communication
Availability

We are looking for reliable volunteers who can preferably commit to one day a week. Days can be flexible. Get in touch for more details.

Additional Info

This is a very physical role so will require someone who loves outdoor life, is physically fit and doesn’t mind a bit of wind, rain & mud!

The application process includes an informal chat and an application form and assessment form. The application process can take as little as a week depending on availability and how quickly the application form is returned.

Students will hear back from us in at least two weeks.


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Organisation Name
Lincoln City Foundation
Title of role
RiverCare Volunteer (Sincil Bank) - Lincoln City Foundation - 2019/20
Number of volunteer places available
Unlimited
Tasks

• Litter picking

• River cleaning

• Wildlife surveying

• Building awareness of the group

Location

Sausthorpe Street / Sincil Bank

What kind of support/supervision will you receive?

The RiverCare group leader will always be available to answer questions and provide support. All equipment is provided.

Personal qualities and requirements

Enthusiastic. Dedicated. Passionate about the environment.

Employability skills you will learn or develop
Learning and Adaptability, Problem Solving, Perseverance and Initiative , Team Working
Availability

Once per month on a Saturday morning 10:00am – 12:30am. Confirmed dates still to be announced due to football fixtures only recently being released.

Additional Info

Role most suited to individuals who are passionate about the environment, preserving wildlife and making a difference to local communities.

Volunteers can find our Litter Picking groups and events on Facebook.


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Organisation Name
Voluntary Centre Services Lincoln
Title of role
Student Pipeline Ambassador - Voluntary Centre Services Lincoln - 2019/20
Number of volunteer places available
20
Tasks

To promote the Student Pipeline campaign to other students via events, one-to-one discussion and social media.

Many people are unaware that some of the biggest causes of blockages in pipes are wipes and fats, oils and grease.

Anglian Water, through its programme Keep It Clear, is working with communities to raise awareness of the issues, costs and misery blockages can cause with internal and external flooding, loss of toilet use, potential pollution and harm to the environment.

Anglian Water are currently doing some work with Voluntary Centre Services in Lincoln to promote the Keep it Clear message about how to keep pipes and drains clear and free from blockages. We are extending this work to the student community and would like to recruit some student Ambassadors to help us. There are some exciting give-aways and good publicity to help promote the message, but we need enthusiastic volunteers to help.

Location

University of Lincoln

What kind of support/supervision will you receive?

Initial induction and on-going support from VCS Lincoln Area Co-ordinator

Personal qualities and requirements

Good communicator; Passionate about the environment; ICT skills.

Employability skills you will learn or develop
Learning and Adaptability, Communication
Availability

The role is flexible and could be fitted in around commitments and study.

Additional Info

Who would this role be most suited to?

Any course, although media and journalism students may particularly enjoy

Application process for volunteers:

Recruitment sessions on site at the University

Timescale from application to starting volunteering:

Immediately on completion of initial induction (as part of group session)

When can students expect to hear back from you once they have been referred?

Within 5 days


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Organisation Name
THE OASIS
Title of role
Volunteer Gardener - The Oasis - 2019/20
Number of volunteer places available
10
Tasks

- Helping out with the general upkeep of the garden

- Being a friendly face for visitors and participating young people

- Helping look after the various animals on site

- Becoming familiar with and undergoing training in Worth Unlimited Health and Safety and Safeguarding Policies

- Giving any other appropriate assistance as may be reasonably requested

Location

The OASIS, Cherry Willingham

What kind of support/supervision will you receive?

Bus fares or petrol expenses will be repaid.

There is a buddy system for new volunteers.

There is a formal induction which includes training in Health & Safety will be given.

Personal qualities and requirements

This role will suit people who have either some or no experience of gardening but enjoy working as part of a team. It will be an opportunity to relax, de-stress and enjoy the outdoors.

You will need to be a team player and willing to learn new skills. You will also need a non judgemental attitude as we often have young people exhibiting challenging behaviour working with us in the garden.

Employability skills you will learn or develop
Perseverance and Initiative , Learning and Adaptability, Team Working
Availability

Our main gardening day is Monday when we try to have as few young people as possible. However there is opportunity to come at other times as long as it is pre-arranged.

Additional Info

The role can be physically demanding so you need to be reasonably fit and willing to work out of doors in all weather conditions. At the present time the site is not accessible to those using wheelchairs, but we are working on that.

If you put yourself down for this opportunity we will email you to set up a date and time to meet. At that meeting we can discuss what you want to get out of your volunteering and tell you a bit more about what we have to offer.

Because we work with vulnerable children and adults you will then be required to fill in an application form and give 2 references. You will also need to under go a DBS check before you start. Volunteers usual start within a fortnight after the satisfactory references have been returned.


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Organisation Name
University of Lincoln Chaplaincy
Title of role
Volunteer Gardener - University of Lincoln Multi-Faith Chaplaincy - 2019/20
Number of volunteer places available
20
Tasks

• Physically help establish a new herb and wild flower garden.

• To manually assist with growing seeds, cuttings, planting, and establishing the design for the garden of the future.

• To meet on regular basis and set up a work team to carry this out.

• Prepare to take part in related activities such as garden BBQ, garden meditation and occasional trips out to places of relevant interest.

• To have fun and enjoy yourself in the company of like-minded people.

Location

University of Lincoln Multi-faith Chaplaincy.

What kind of support/supervision will you receive?

University Chaplain will offer full support and will assist you.

Personal qualities and requirements

Fun, outgoing and team player.

This role would be best suited to students studying Events management and Tourism, agricultural studies, biological studies, Architecture, Media, Arts, Social Science, Cultural studies and those interested in the ecology.

Employability skills you will learn or develop
Communication, Team Working, Problem Solving
Availability

To start ASAP.

Additional Info

Previous experience is not essential.


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