With so many people and communities depending upon green spaces for free access to nature, exercise and recreation – and let’s not forget that climate and ecological emergency, of course – it is good news to say, that all volunteering activities in Richmond are running again.
Currently you still have to book a space via Eventbrite. You can look up all our upcoming volunteering opportunities here: https://www.tcv.org.uk/london/richmond/
You can come and volunteer with us if :
- you are well and have no Covid related symptoms – According to latest research, the current range of symptoms are : runny nose, headache, fatigue (mild or severe), sneezing, sore throat. Please don’t attend if you have any of those symptoms and get a lateral flow test.
- nobody in your household has coronavirus symptoms or has tested positive in the last 2 weeks.
- We are also limiting the number of volunteers we can have out at one time to 15 people per volunteer session.
All activities are risk assessed and follow our COVID-19-secure guidance.
TCV BAT team Richmond operates on a strict 2m social distancing rule.
If there are any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Is it for me? Who can volunteer?
No experience is necessary as all the projects are suitable for first time volunteers. We only ask you to fill in our welfare form on your first day of attending so we have your emergency contacts.
Projects are run by experienced leaders who as well as explaining how to safely use any hand tools required, will also teach you any necessary skills.
You work at your own pace so don’t worry if you’re not super fit.
The minimum age for volunteering in our Biodiversity Action Teams or Green Gyms is 16.
If you are under 18 you must come with someone who knows you and is over 18.
If you have a support worker assigned to you, we ask that they come with you when you volunteer with us to give you the support needed and actively participate in the activities as much as possible.
What stuff do I need?
- Clothes you don’t mind getting dirty
- Clothes suitable for the weather, we are often out for more than 4 hours at a time in all weather conditions
- Sturdy footwear is good – though we have plenty of wellingtons you can borrow if you don’t have any of those
Due to Covid restriction we are unable to offer any refreshments during breaks so please be sure to bring your own packed lunch and enough to drink.
- Hand wash and hand sanitizer
What would I do and where?
All sorts of things in all kind of places… depending on the time of year. So, you could be planting trees, hedge laying, pulling out invasive species, repairing benches, weeding and watering hedges – in sites like Crane Park, Sheen Common, Ham Common Woods.
When would I volunteer?
You’re spoilt for choice, as we generally work every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and occasional other days too.
Check out the task programme or give us a ring/ text the mobile on 077646 55 667 . Leave a message if we don’t answer and we’ll get back to you. Or you can email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our meeting time is currently 10.00am at the advertised meeting point. By 10:30am latest we move out to where we work (this can be different from the meeting point) , finishing work by about 3:30pm. Please call if you are running late.
Our offices are bases at The ETNA Community Centre in Twickenham, but currently all project officers work from home when they are not out on projects.
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