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EVENT HELPER – Tree planting and fun outdoor activities in Londonderry/Derry Volunteer task outline Summary of Task Introduction The Woodland Trust in Northern Ireland was established in1996 and since then has established and cared for over 793 acres of native woodlands. We now aim to create at least an additional 200 hectares for the benefit of communities, an array of wildlife species and the environment. The role We are looking for 4 volunteers to help the Woodland Trust deliver tree planting and other fun educational activities to school groups in the Faughan Valley area just outside Londonderry/Derry. Your role will be to engage with school groups and help them enjoy an inspiring and educational day in one of our woods. You will have opportunities to use your people skills and interests in participation and event activities. Previous experience or skills in tree planting, arts and crafts, knowledge of trees/birds are welcomed but not essential. You will work as part of a volunteer and staff team attending around 3 week long educational events spaced throughout the year. This year we are hosting schools at Learmount Forest Park, Oaks Wood and Claudy Country Park. Training and event equipment will be provided and you will have the support of our People Engagement Co-ordinator. The first event will take place at the end of February 2013. Timescale We are holding 3 weeks of school educational events in 2013 – one week at end of Feb, one week in June and one week in November. This pattern will continue into 2014. Please note that these events take place during school hours 9-2pm Monday- Friday Your training will commence around the end of February 2013. Location Faughan Valley area outside Londonderry/Derry Equipment Required We will provide: Event briefing Staff at event to support you Experience Required/Desired Event experience preferred but not essential Experience of working with children (accompanied by adults) Some knowledge of trees/birds/wildflowers is desirable Knowledge of Woodland Trust and related subjects is desirable Ability to work without supervision Qualities Required Excellent communication skills Be reliable Ability to travel to events Fairly fit and able to erect gazebo and other event equipment Ability to talk enthusiastically to school groups and answer questions about the Woodland Trust Access to transport that can hold event equipment Key Duties Enjoy yourself! Attend induction/ training Liaise with your volunteer manager Attend the event as prescribed above Ensure you understand how the event achieves the Woodland Trust’s aims Set up event equipment such as gazebo as required Provide information and answer queries from teachers and contractors Engage and interact with school groups to represent the Woodland Trust Accompany school groups as they complete activities and walking trails in woodland setting Engage with children (accompanied by adults) and help group complete activities including tree planting Wear clothing and footwear appropriate for the event, location and conditions Promote Woodland Trust aims and objectives Act in accordance with the Woodland Trust’s ‘protecting the vulnerable’ guidelines Act in accordance with the risk assessment, provided by the volunteer manager Identify any risks that the task may pose to you personally and discuss those with your volunteer manager Keep a record of the time you spend on the task using the diary of activity provided. This helps to report the valuable volunteering has on the work of the organisation. Please provide your volunteer manager with the information on request. Feedback your impressions of the event as this will assist our evaluation Health & Safety Follow the guidelines provided by your volunteer manager and the risk assessment. If you are a driver - ensure your own insurance provider covers you for volunteering. Woodland Trust insurance does not include volunteer drivers. (See Volunteer Handbook for more information). You will not be required to carry out any additional tasks without prior consultation with the relevant Woodland Trust staff. Expenses Expenses will be paid for public transport costs or mileage at standard rates for Woodland Trust task related return journeys from home. Sustenance during events at the amount agreed with the volunteer manager. Receipts must accompany expenses claims.
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