Passionate about making the River Holme a better place for people, businesses and wildlife

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

River Holme Connections is all about linking people, organisations, business and places.  Work in partnership with us or choose a volunteer role

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WORK PARTY DAYS

Are you interested in being outside? Meeting new people? Helping the environment or learning a new skill? Then Practical Work Day might be of interest to you!

Join us on the third Saturday of each month from 10am – 12noon for a morning of practical work, a chat and a brew. Work varies according to the season and can take place anywhere in the whole of the River Holme catchment. Tools and gloves are provided for all tasks, please wear stout footwear and old clothes. Children aged 10 – 16 are welcome if accompanied by an adult. For more details about the next work party check out over events page

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20171118 – Sands Work Party 27 AW

BALSAM BASHING

Do you have an interest in invasive species? Want to learn more about the environment? Like hitting things with a stick? Then Balsam Bashing is for you!

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FESTIVAL & EVENTS VOLUNTEER

Love speaking to people? Like to organise other people? Like being outside and enjoy festivals? Festival Event Co-ordinator is for you!

Want to educate people on the health of ducks? Enjoy taking feeding ducks? Like engaging families and children?

The duck salad bar is for you! We need people to take this to fete’s and festivals spreading the word for the positive health

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JAPANESE KNOTWEED CHAMPION

Are you passionate about the environment? Enjoy beingoutside? Want to help your local ecology? Our Japanese knotweed Eradication Programme needs you!

Japanese knotweed is a threat to native wildlife, buildings and river access.  Our aim is to treat knotweed on all land along river corridors in the River Holme catchment, but we need help to spread the word to landowners, developers, households and river users who will benefit from this activity and explain how the treatment works.

If you are passionate about protecting native habitats, enjoy communicating with people of all backgrounds, or would like to help with the administration of this rewarding project, we would like to hear from you. We will give volunteers support and training to be champions of our Japanese knotweed eradication programme.

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SUPPORT VOLUNTEER

We need support in a wide variety of different areas from social media to photocopying! Do you enjoy being out and about? We would love you to help spread the word delivering leaflets and putting up posters. A wiz on social media, we would love your help to get the message out online. Organised? great with processes? We need support to run our office. Get in touch whatever your skills.

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20171125 – Coop Presentation 4 AW

INVASIVE SPECIES MONITOR

Invasive species are one of the greatest threats to native wildlife and are easily transported along water courses. We are looking for people who are proficient at plant ID and are willing to keep an eye out for invasives. You will be part of an established team of monitors supported by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, receive support and training to help you map and record species such as Japanese knotweed, Himalayan balsam, floating pennywort and giant hogweed.

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WILD PLAY

Learning new skills through play and spending time in nature by rivers is a great way to engage children and adults alike. We host local bushcraft experts Eden’s Forest to deliver exciting wild play sessions where people of all ages and abilities are invited to have a go at green woodwork, conservation work, firelighting and getting their hands dirty.

If you are a fan of bushcraft and would like to help develop areas and activities by the River Holme we would like to hear from you.

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VOLUNTEER WORK PARTY LEADER

Getting out and making a difference to our riversides can be as simple as picking litter, keeping footpaths clear and tackling invasive species. We would love to get more volunteers active by recruiting Volunteer Work Party Leaders to run safe, enjoyable and rewarding tasks.

If you enjoy leading groups of people, are willing to organise volunteer session and are willing to undertake some basic training in safe working practices by rivers, we are offering training and support in the summer of 2017 for 6 Volunteer Work Party Leaders.

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CORPORATE VOLUNTEERING AND SUPPORT

The wealth of expertise and resources in businesses in our area can make a huge contribution to our charity. Whether your workforce can lend us the tools and resources to get practical improvements done, can offer training to our staff or volunteers or would like to don wellies and get outdoors with us, we would love to hear from you.

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