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Volunteering Opportunities

Our Clean and Green Services staff do a great job looking after our Borough, however, to ensure that we continue to maintain and improve them for future generations, we can always do with a little more help.

There are a number of ways in which you can make a positive difference to your local park or green space - just give a few minutes of your time on a regular basis to become a:
• Countryside Conservation Volunteer
• Park Champion
• ‘Friends Of’ group member
• Roaming Rubbish Remover
• Rethinking Parks Champion

All our volunteers are supported and trained, and it’s proven to be really good for you too!

Volunteering Roles

Click on each volunteering role below to find details for each:

 

Every Thursday, 10:00am until 15:00pm

If you have a passion for the great outdoors, want to help conserve our local environment, and enjoy meeting like-minded people, please come along and join the Walsall Countryside Conservation Volunteers.

Activities take place at various sites across Walsall each week; there's no commitment to attend every week and you don’t have to stay all day either, any time you can give will be appreciated and really will make a difference.
As well as benefitting our local natural environment, working outdoors can help to improve your physical and mental well-being, keeping you active and better connected to your community.

It’s a great way to develop useful skills and make new friends. Expect a light work out from lifting, bending and stretching and please bring a packed lunch and drink with you. Sturdy footwear is required, and please ensure that you dress for the weather (waterproofs / sun cream and hat as appropriate). For further information and to receive the weekly task email, email the Environmental Improvement Team on eit@walsall.gov.uk or ask for us on 01922 653344.

 

Park Champions are local residents who help to maintain and develop their local open space and the activities and events provided. As a Park Champion, you will be an ambassador for your local park, working in partnership with the Council to enhance green spaces for everyone.

In return for your time as a volunteer, we will endeavor to keep in touch with you on a regular basis, support you with training opportunities and involve you in decision making relating to your local park where this is appropriate.

Just a few minutes of your time on a regular basis will make a huge difference to your park and gives out a really positive message to park users. You will also benefit from being a Park Champion, as you will:

• Learn new skills
• Make new friends
• Make a difference
• Improve your wellbeing
• Enjoy yourself!

There are a variety of ways you can get involved, and with whatever you choose you will be trained, given appropriate equipment, and supported to undertake you volunteer duties.

What can I do?

There are a range of physical tasks, including planting, pruning plants, path improvement works, litter picking, bulb and tree planting or lighter duties such as reporting issues, developing or updating a website, undertaking surveys or helping out in the park café. There may also be events to get involved with, so you could be delivering leaflets, helping out setting up equipment, promotion on a stall, or undertaking marshalling duties …the list is endless. If you have a specialist skill, whatever it may be, you may be able to put it to good use supporting your local green space.

For further information, email the Environmental Improvement Team on eit@walsall.gov.uk or ask for us on 01922 653344.

Community Litter Pickers Needed!

Walsall is a beautiful town with lots of green spaces but some of our lovely parks need a little TLC. The Walsall Wombles loves to clean up ‘problem areas’, in both ‘big parks’, such as Walsall Arboretum and Willenhall Memorial Park, and smaller parks, such as Kings Hill Park.

Whilst our grounds maintenance teams regularly litter pick these areas, some open spaces need additional help, please pledge your support. These beautiful areas could be brilliant for wildlife if only they were litter free.

If you want to help clean up but don’t want to set up a new group, you could join the Roaming Rubbish Removers or The Wombles of Willenhall, who are an existing Community Litter Picking Group who meet every Sunday on the car park opposite the Crossroads Cafe (junction of Albion Road and Stringes Lane.)

Together, we can work towards a clean green environment for the benefit of everyone!
Walsall Council will also support community members to set up their own community litter picking group.

For further information about setting up your own community litter picking group, please email the Environmental Improvement Team on eit@walsall.gov.uk or ask for us on 01922 653344.
 

Roaming Rubbish Removers - Starting Thursday 2nd May 2019
Thursdays, 10:00 until 12:00

We will visit various parks and green spaces across Walsall - full details of addresses and car parking will be given when you book your place on each weekly session.
You are welcome to come along regularly, or just when we visit your local space.

For further information and to start receiving our weekly task email, please email the Environmental Improvement Team on eit@walsall.gov.uk or ask for us on 01922 653344.
 

 

‘Friends Of’ groups are local people who have a particular interest in a certain park or open space and work together, in partnership with the Council, to care for and improve it for everyone.

Some of our open spaces already have a ‘Friends Of’ group, however they are always on the lookout for new members. So where this is the case, we can provide our existing group details to you; alternatively where no group exists, we would be pleased to support you in setting up a group for the local space that you care about.

For further information about setting up a Friends Group or finding an existing one in your area, please email the Environmental Improvement Team on eit@walsall.gov.uk or ask for us on 01922 653344.
 

 

We need YOU!
 

Would you like to work outdoors and develop your ‘green skills’?
Do you have, or would you like to develop, supervisory skills?
If so, then why not consider becoming a Rethinking Parks Champion?

We need local people who care about their local park and would like to help us maintain and improve them for everyone’s enjoyment.

Champions must be over the age of 18 and be available during the week to help supervise and deliver volunteering opportunities at one or more of the six Rethinking Parks sites in Walsall;

• Aldridge Airport
• Walsall Arboretum
• Kings Hill Park
• Parlfrey Park
• Reedswood Park
• Willenhall Memorial Park

You will receive training to undertake your duties and will work alongside experienced staff until you feel confident enough to lead your own groups.

Walsall Council will:
Provide training, equipment needed to undertake your tasks and support from a named member of staff.
As a Rethinking Parks Champion, we need you to agree to:
Complete the necessary induction and training, be reliable and volunteer to the best of your ability,(including volunteering in a safe manner, that does not put yourself or any other volunteers at risk.)

 

 

 

The knowledge and skills you will learn could help you support your career in the following sectors :

  • Conservation Work
  • Environmental management 
  • Gardening
  • Grounds Maintenance
  • Events Management
  • Any supervisory role

 

For further information about becoming a Rethinking Parks Champion, please contact :

Jaki Brunton-Douglas
Connecting Green Spaces Project Officer
Tel: 01922 654371
Email: Jaki.Brunton-Douglas@walsall.gov.uk