VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES IN CHELMSFORDs PARKS AND GREEN SPACES
Participation and Volunteering <ul><li>Volunteering and participation is provided to : </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage direct ...
<ul><li>Encourage partnership working and assist with fundraising. </li></ul><ul><li>Respond to volunteering and engagemen...
Involving Children in our Parks
Recycled Garden: working with home educated children
Elements Garden New community
Choices Garden Working with a number of local groups
Families Open Days
Working with Local Groups Greening Galleywood Group BTCV
Garden and Hylands Estate Volunteers
 
What difference does this make… Outreach Education & Promotion  working with young people Working with adults/families   i...
Volunteers & Supporters Jane Allnutt Communications Officer Marconi Ponds Nature Reserve
V.I.S. (Very Important Supporters)!
Marconi Ponds Nature Reserve
An aerial view
… for the benefit of the wildlife
… for the benefit of the local community
Timeline <ul><li>Oct 2006 Initial meeting to set up Friends Group </li></ul><ul><li>April 2007 First Committee Meeting </l...
… we can plant flowers  as long as they are native species
… .we’re only volunteers!
… we can plan a project and  complete it in a short space of time
… ..our notice board,  funded by a donation from M&G
Early days
Practical Session poster
Refreshments!
Clearing of nettles
Clearing the reeds in the ponds
Clearing the area around the ponds  There are no pictures – you couldn’t reach this area before the bushes, brambles and n...
Starting to build the pond dipping platform
Laying the surface
The finished pond dipping platform
The new walkway begun July 2010, completed April 2011
Health & Safety Guidelines
Kids!
An example of good Health and Safety
Not so good Health and Safety
The kids being supervised and learning new skills
Adults need help too!
The banner
Our star attraction - Munty
… .someone came and  hung bird feeders in the trees
… .new paths were used by the bikers
Levering the log bench onto blocks  (in the pouring rain!)
…  the Beaver’s summer visit
… memorial and commemorative trees
Why do people volunteer?
A chance to do some physical work
Learning new skills
Families sharing time together
Getting the family involved
You’re never too young to start!
Getting physical, keeping fit!
Working with new people
Trying something you’ve never done before!
Learning more about ‘nature’  by monitoring the wildlife
Meeting and talking with new people
Doing tasks that are not too strenuous  - and a chance to chat
The website www.marconiponds.btik.com
Ideas from the kids! <ul><li>Bird, bug and bat boxes and the bug hotel </li></ul><ul><li>Build a willow tunnel </li></ul><...
Unveiling the Information Boards
Bug box with initials, and a bird box
The willow tunnel and bug hotel
Building the stage beetle pyramid and the space for our Sensory Garden
Not always ‘rosy’ <ul><li>Graffiti </li></ul><ul><li>Litter and fly tipping </li></ul><ul><li>Dog mess </li></ul><ul><li>D...
…  do we look as if we know  what we are doing?
… having fun!
THANK YOU Don’t forget, you are all welcome  to come and visit the site, or lend a hand. We meet on the 3 rd  Saturday of ...
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Volunteering Opportunities in Chelmsford's Parks and Green Spaces

  1. 1. VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES IN CHELMSFORDs PARKS AND GREEN SPACES
  2. 2. Participation and Volunteering <ul><li>Volunteering and participation is provided to : </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage direct community involvement and participation to achieve shared goals, create community cohesion and ownership, enhance the environment and individual well being. </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance community understanding, communication and consultation through alternative outreach activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Foster and enhance respect for the local build and rural environment. </li></ul><ul><li>Stretch and expand the “reach, value and impact” of existing services when more conventional resources are limited. </li></ul>Developed and adopted a Volunteer Policy in 2009 including Volunteering Pack. In summary the key drivers are:
  3. 3. <ul><li>Encourage partnership working and assist with fundraising. </li></ul><ul><li>Respond to volunteering and engagement requests from local communities and business. </li></ul><ul><li>Create opportunity to apply special skills, have access to skills training/development and to celebrate contribution. </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteering and participation will not : </li></ul><ul><li>Be used to substitute work which is carried out by staff or which falls within the essential professional requirement for the provision of services. </li></ul><ul><li>Be used in the context of free labour to achieve economy or efficiency within the services. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Involving Children in our Parks
  5. 5. Recycled Garden: working with home educated children
  6. 6. Elements Garden New community
  7. 7. Choices Garden Working with a number of local groups
  8. 8. Families Open Days
  9. 9. Working with Local Groups Greening Galleywood Group BTCV
  10. 10. Garden and Hylands Estate Volunteers
  11. 12. What difference does this make… Outreach Education & Promotion working with young people Working with adults/families i.e. Chelmer Valley, Marconi Ponds Garden Volunteers 26 volunteers working 3hrs per week for an average of 32 weeks – 2469hrs (equivalent £19,798) 1725 participants working an average 6941hrs per annum (equivalent £ 55,056) 2970 participants working an average 4440hrs per annum (equivalent £35,218) Total of 13877 hours = £110,072 (using the national recognised standard hourly rate volunteering multiplier) The total estimated cost of support is £30,000, a ratio of 1-3
  12. 13. Volunteers & Supporters Jane Allnutt Communications Officer Marconi Ponds Nature Reserve
  13. 14. V.I.S. (Very Important Supporters)!
  14. 15. Marconi Ponds Nature Reserve
  15. 16. An aerial view
  16. 17. … for the benefit of the wildlife
  17. 18. … for the benefit of the local community
  18. 19. Timeline <ul><li>Oct 2006 Initial meeting to set up Friends Group </li></ul><ul><li>April 2007 First Committee Meeting </li></ul><ul><li>June 2007 Open Day to launch and promote the site </li></ul><ul><li>Sept 2007 Monthly Practical Sessions begin </li></ul><ul><li>Jan 2008 Website launched </li></ul><ul><li>Mar 2008 First A.G.M. </li></ul><ul><li>April 2009 Committee enlarged </li></ul><ul><li>Oct 2009 Cathy Carlile Award from CBC </li></ul><ul><li>July 2010 Green Pennant Community Award </li></ul><ul><li>Nov 2010 BAA Stansted Community Fund Grant </li></ul>
  19. 20. … we can plant flowers as long as they are native species
  20. 21. … .we’re only volunteers!
  21. 22. … we can plan a project and complete it in a short space of time
  22. 23. … ..our notice board, funded by a donation from M&G
  23. 24. Early days
  24. 25. Practical Session poster
  25. 26. Refreshments!
  26. 27. Clearing of nettles
  27. 28. Clearing the reeds in the ponds
  28. 29. Clearing the area around the ponds There are no pictures – you couldn’t reach this area before the bushes, brambles and nettles were cut back!
  29. 30. Starting to build the pond dipping platform
  30. 31. Laying the surface
  31. 32. The finished pond dipping platform
  32. 33. The new walkway begun July 2010, completed April 2011
  33. 34. Health & Safety Guidelines
  34. 35. Kids!
  35. 36. An example of good Health and Safety
  36. 37. Not so good Health and Safety
  37. 38. The kids being supervised and learning new skills
  38. 39. Adults need help too!
  39. 40. The banner
  40. 41. Our star attraction - Munty
  41. 42. … .someone came and hung bird feeders in the trees
  42. 43. … .new paths were used by the bikers
  43. 44. Levering the log bench onto blocks (in the pouring rain!)
  44. 45. … the Beaver’s summer visit
  45. 46. … memorial and commemorative trees
  46. 47. Why do people volunteer?
  47. 48. A chance to do some physical work
  48. 49. Learning new skills
  49. 50. Families sharing time together
  50. 51. Getting the family involved
  51. 52. You’re never too young to start!
  52. 53. Getting physical, keeping fit!
  53. 54. Working with new people
  54. 55. Trying something you’ve never done before!
  55. 56. Learning more about ‘nature’ by monitoring the wildlife
  56. 57. Meeting and talking with new people
  57. 58. Doing tasks that are not too strenuous - and a chance to chat
  58. 59. The website www.marconiponds.btik.com
  59. 60. Ideas from the kids! <ul><li>Bird, bug and bat boxes and the bug hotel </li></ul><ul><li>Build a willow tunnel </li></ul><ul><li>Create a sensory garden </li></ul><ul><li>Have Information Boards </li></ul><ul><li>Hold a special butterfly day </li></ul><ul><li>and lots more great ideas! </li></ul><ul><li>As well as …. build a tree house, sell ice creams, have a secret island in the middle of the pond … </li></ul>
  60. 61. Unveiling the Information Boards
  61. 62. Bug box with initials, and a bird box
  62. 63. The willow tunnel and bug hotel
  63. 64. Building the stage beetle pyramid and the space for our Sensory Garden
  64. 65. Not always ‘rosy’ <ul><li>Graffiti </li></ul><ul><li>Litter and fly tipping </li></ul><ul><li>Dog mess </li></ul><ul><li>Damage to trees and plants </li></ul><ul><li>Resident ‘dosser’ </li></ul><ul><li>Vandalism and fires </li></ul>
  65. 66. … do we look as if we know what we are doing?
  66. 67. … having fun!
  67. 68. THANK YOU Don’t forget, you are all welcome to come and visit the site, or lend a hand. We meet on the 3 rd Saturday of each month (except August and December) 1.30 – 3.30pm Hope to see you there! Or sign up to our mailing list and receive regular updates visit our website www.marconiponds.btik.com

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