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About the organisation

City of London Open Spaces

The City of London manages almost 4,500 hectares of natural open space for public recreation and health. Our green spaces, most of which are charitable trusts, are run at little cost to the communities that they serve. Our spaces in and beyond the City of London have over 23 million visits each year.

Do you enjoy working with community groups and children?

Our Wild East project connects people all ages with the hidden nature and history of two well-loved green spaces in East London.

Volunteers engage with families and community groups in a variety of outdoor activities; they will use their creativity to find new ways to engage with the public and will support individual and small groups in discovering wildlife, habitats and the history of these two remarkable places.

Sessions take place all-year –round on weekdays and weekends and last approximately 3 hours

If you like the sound of the role and want to develop your communication and creative skills simply get in touch.

You’ll meet new people, explore familiar places from behind the scenes, and get involved in caring for our green spaces.

We provide opportunities to socialise, celebrate and say thank you for your contribution.

Role Aim: 

We would like to recruit a volunteers to promote these green spaces, and encourage a deeper connection and understanding of the history, wildlife and the natural world at a local level.

Duties: 

You will be supporting the Wild East project Officer to encourage people to reconnect with West Ham Park and Wanstead Flats through a variety of fun activities.

You’ll have the chance to use your creativity to design activities and help local community groups and families explore wildlife where they least expect it. By meeting with community groups you will help shaping this project to reflect the local needs and support local communities in developing meaningful connection with these two remarkable green spaces

Skills needed: 

We are looking for someone who is

• Positive, reliable and polite manner

• Able to work in a team of staff and volunteers

• Confident in interacting with people all ages

• Passionate about the nature and the history of their local area

• Creative – able to think of new ways to engage with local residents and community groups

• No prior experience or knowledge is necessary; just bring your enthusiasm, life experience and willingness to share.

Training: 

• Giving you an induction and plan to help you to get the most out of your placement

• Providing on-going training and informal guidance to help you get better at your role

• Safe guarding training

Location: 
West Ham Park, Upton Lane, Newham, E7 9PU
Time commitment: 
3-5 hours per week
Opening times: 
We are looking for someone that could commit for a minimum of 3 months and is able to deliver at least 2 sessions a month
Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here