Thinking about volunteering?
How can you help?
Do you need to top up your CV with evidence of work? Do you own or run a company and want to put something back into the local community? Perhaps you're recently retired, or have just moved to the area and want to meet new people.
Whatever your reasons for volunteering, at River Holme Connections we have lots of different ways in which you can help, no matter how active you are. If you like getting out and about, come along to one of our events or join our work parties. If your skill is writing, design or photography, we could do with your help to spread the word about our work or produce eye-catching marketing material. It doesn't matter how much time you can spare. Even if it's 1 hour a month, it will make a difference.
We also have specific volunteer roles and events that we need help with, which you can read more about below.
Do you enjoy spending time in the fresh air? Are you interested in meeting new people? Do you want to help the environment or learn new skills? Then come along to our Third Saturday Work Parties.
Join us on the third Saturday of each month from 10am – 12noon for a morning of practical work, a chat and a brew. The work and location varies depending on the season and what needs doing. We provide tools and gloves for all tasks, but please wear stout footwear and old clothes. Most of the activities are suitable for children aged 10 years and older (for health and safety reasons under 16s must be accompanied by an adult) which is a great way to get young people involved in caring for our river.
For details about the next work party check out our events page.
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.
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, please get in touch.
FESTIVAL & EVENTS VOLUNTEER
Throughout the year, we take part in lots of community and organised events.
If you love speaking to people and enjoy events, then let us know. We're always on the look out for people to help us spread the word about River Holme Connections and what we do.
We need support in a whole host of different areas, from social media to photocopying.
Do you enjoy being out and about? Then we'd love your help in delivering leaflets and putting up posters.
Are you a photographer? A social media expert? Or can you teach or paint or sculpt? Whatever your skills, we can put them to good use, so please get in touch if you'd like to help out.
Himalayan balsam is an invasive, non-native species (INNS) that spreads rapidly. It crowds out native plant species and reduces biodiversity.
Luckily, it's easy and safe to handle. During the summer months we hold 'balsam bashing' events along the riverbanks in the River Holme Catchment.
Clearing Himalayan balsam encourages a variety of other plants to grow, which is good for wildlife. Bashing balsam is quite therapeutic too. So if you feel in need of stress-relief, join one of our balsam bashing parties. For dates and details check out our events page.
JAPANESE KNOTWEED CHAMPION
If you're passionate about the environment and enjoy beingoutside, our Japanese knotweed treatment programme could be for 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 treatment programme.
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.
You'll receive support and training to help you map and record species such as Japanese knotweed, Himalayan balsam, floating pennywort and giant hogweed.
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.