There are many volunteering opportunities to get involved with in the Wandle Valley Regional Park; from helping at one-off events to regularly committing time to a specific project or group. No matter whether you’re interested in heritage and culture, wildlife and conservation, leisure activities or something completely different, there’s a role for everybody!
The Wandle Valley Regional Park has a dynamic network of local groups, national charities and not-for-profit organisations all working hard to enhance the natural and cultural heritage of the region for the benefit of people and wildlife. Volunteers are a vital part of this network and provide the support, action-on-the-ground and community participation to help these groups succeed.
Explore the opportunities below to learn how your skills and experience could be the perfect fit for a local group or project.
- Volunteer with the Living Wandle Partnership
The Living Wandle Landscape Partnership brings together a collection of expert organisations and community partners to deliver a series of projects aimed at conserving, restoring, promoting access and celebrating the River Wandle’s built and natural heritage.
We have a number of projects which we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to get involved with!
Take a look at the project pages below to decide if you might like to join the volunteer team and receive access to free training:
We can offer a comprehensive training programme for anyone involved with our projects and aim to equip you with new skills and develop your interests so that you can feel confident in your volunteer role.
Examples of training our volunteers have received in the past are:
- NPTC safe use of chainsaw and equipment
- Audio capture and digital recording
- Wildlife identification and surveying
- Application of pesticides to tackle invasive species
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or would like more information please visit the project pages above for relevant contact details or you can get in touch with the Living Wandle Team at: LivingWandle@wandsworth.gov.uk or 07500 073049.
- Volunteer with the Regional Park Trust
It is an exciting time to get involved as a volunteer at the Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust. We are delivering a variety of interesting projects and currently have a number of volunteer opportunities, from providing short term assistance to longer term board member responsibilities.
We are looking for volunteers to get involved with the following roles:
- Company Secretary
- Web pages and social media volunteer
- Volunteers to set up a Friends Group in Poulter Park
- Environmental clean-up crews for Poulter Park and the Wandle Trail
- Wandle Valley Regional Park Strategy consultation survey work
- Culvers Lodge Feasibility Study – consultation survey work
Please see the role descriptions below for Treasurer and Company Secretary.
If you are interested in any of these roles please send your CV and a short description of your skills and interests to:
- Volunteer with a Wandle Organisation
A wide range of organisations work within the Wandle Valley Regional Park, providing an interesting variety of volunteering opportunities all year round.
Alongside these, there are plenty of active Friends Groups that offer the opportunity to get involved with areas of interest such as wildlife and conservation, heritage and culture or health and social well-being, amongst others. Friends Groups are always looking for new members, so if you’re interested in finding out which ones are local to you please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Discover your perfect volunteer role by exploring the links below:
Organisation Type of Organisation Type of Volunteering Team London via Team London website Provides a matching service between local organisations and people looking to volunteer ALL Merton Voluntary Service Council email@example.com Provides a matching service between local organisations and people looking to volunteer ALL Sutton Volunteer Centre firstname.lastname@example.org Provides a matching service between local organisations and people looking to volunteer ALL Croydon Volunteer email@example.com Provides a matching service between local organisations and people looking to volunteer ALL Mitcham Community Orchard firstname.lastname@example.org Local community-run orchard and wildlife garden that promotes conservation and food growing ALL London Wildlife Trust email@example.com London-based nature charity that conserves wildlife, restores habitats and promotes environmental education Conservation Wandle Trust firstname.lastname@example.org Local environmental charity dedicated to restoring and maintaining the health of the River Wandle and its catchment. Conservation National Trust email@example.com National charity that maintains and protects a number of sites along the River Wandle and its catchment. Conservation,
Wandle Industrial Museum firstname.lastname@example.org A community museum that preserves, stores, and interprets the heritage and history of the industries and people of the River Wandle. Heritage Merton Priory Trust email@example.com A community education and information centre on the site of the Chapter House of Merton Priory. Heritage Deen City Farm firstname.lastname@example.org An urban farm with an educational focus in the heart of the London Borough of Merton. Wide variety of opportunities Sustainable Merton email@example.com A community led initiative that takes practical action to make the area a more sustainable community. Wide variety of opportunities EcoLocal firstname.lastname@example.org A community led initiative that develops and delivers a range of environmental sustainability services Wide variety of opportunities
- Corporate Volunteering Opportunities
Employer Supported Volunteering (ESV) is for business and public sector employers wishing to make a difference, either as individuals or in teams. We want to develop long term relationships with companies working in the Wandle Valley and build opportunities for organisations and their staff development further afield.
We have many opportunities for your organisation to get involved with in the Regional Park. We can offer you one off environmental clean-up days, to a day spent gathering essential survey data or even building a pop-up community space.
We can also support opportunities for longer term partnering with organisations who can assist with organisational change and development.
If this sounds like the sort of thing that will work for your staff team please send an email to Info@wandlvalleyregionalpark.co.uk