"Volunteering has been fantastic for me. I have learnt new skills, found out so much about my local environment, received training and met new people"
There are several ways in which you can get involved at Carymoor. Our dedicated team of volunteers meets once a week on Tuesdays to do practical outdoor work, but we also welcome volunteers with other skills to offer. We have volunteers who enjoy sharing their knowledge of the environment with children and young people and help out when needed with our school tours and 'Wild Days Out.' If working outdoors is not for you, perhaps you could assist in the office - making posters and flyers to publicise events for example.
Volunteers are critical to our management programme and we are immensely indebted to them for their hard work and happy attitude. We have an active weekly programme of practical volunteering at Carymoor with groups meeting on Tuesdays. These sessions draw in people from all walks of life and all age groups. The emphasis is on enjoyment and education as well as the satisfaction of a task well done. A wide range of tasks are undertaken, some more strenuous than others, from hay-raking to potting up wild flowers and tree planting.
We are also able to set up programmes of work for specific groups on a regular or occasional basis. To date these have included Millennium Volunteers, Learning Gateway, Recovering Mental Health Support Groups, university and college conservation teams, summer camps and school activity or environmental days. Tea, coffee, tools and all necessary training are provided. No previous experience is necessary. If you are interested in joining us we would love to hear from you! Email Neil Gemmell or phone him on 01963 350143.
If tree planting and hay-raking is not for you, we're also looking for people who have a bit of time to spare to help us with activities taking place both at the centre and around the county. Whether you want to develop new skills or make use of existing ones there's bound to be an opportunity for you to get involved. We'd be particularly interested to hear from anyone with an interest in wildlife that they're willing to share with school groups and families, but we also need help with office tasks such as resource preparation, design work and marketing. Specialist wildlife expertise is always welcome. For further details see our vacancies page. For an informal chat call Rupert Farthing or Neil Gemmell on 01963 350143.
Carymoor supports a team of over 65 Compost Champion volunteers that encourage composting in their local communities, all over Somerset. The scheme started in 2009 and is supported by Somerset Waste Partnership and Viridor. If you're interested in finding out more or taking part in a training day please contact Rupert Farthing at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01963 350143.
Being outside and enjoying nature is both enjoyable and good for us. There is growing evidence for the great benefits to health and wellbeing that working outdoors can bring. Somerset has a wealth of natural environments, parks, gardens and other green spaces which people can enjoy through volunteering, training and employment. Information on local organisations who can introduce you to all the benefits that getting closer to the natural world can bring has been put together in partnership with NHS Somerset. This aims to help, in particular, people with experience of mental distress to get involved in outdoor projects to improve their physical and mental health. For more information on what opportunities are out there and who to contact across the county see our Cultivating Wellbeing page.
A monthly Wildlife Explorers Group is run at the centre. This is the junior wing of the RSPB, with a target age of 8 to 12 year olds, although older and younger children are also welcomed. This is an exciting way to explore the surroundings and get closer to the wildlife that share it, with a mixture of activities, exploration of the site and themed games.
The group meets between 10:00 am and 12.30 pm on a Saturday and there is usually a waiting list. If you are interested in joining in the fun we would love to hear from you. Email Julia Percy or phone her on 01963 350143.