Environmental volunteering is a great way to start supporting the planet whilst giving back to your local community, and there are many opportunities that can fit into your schedule.
This toolkit is designed to help people into environmental volunteering who might not have thought about it before and promotes the exciting opportunities available from local and national organisations.
Chloe Jenkins from Environet explains how and why the toolkit has been created;
‘In designing this toolkit Environet considered what people want out of environmental volunteering based on their skills, interests, and needs. Some people love getting out in nature, others may be great with technology, and some people really want to help their community. We wanted to help share the vast range of different opportunities available, which can fit around busy schedules and let people support the environment in ways that they may not have thought about before. We wanted to demonstrate through this toolkit that everyone has the potential to do something positive for our natural environment – from knitting wildlife nests to remote penguin monitoring!’
She goes on to say;
‘The response from community groups so far has been fantastic; everyone has been really enthusiastic about getting involved and we are very excited to showcase some of the amazing projects Wales has to offer.’
The toolkit is divided into themes to help people find a project or idea which is right for them:
- People and Community
- Practical Action
- Food and Growing
- Art and Creativity
- Digital Technology
- Healthy and Active
The toolkit also includes ideas on how to green up your daily life in the ‘Going Further’ section for those people who want to do more for the planet. It suggests ways to decrease your carbon, water, and plastic footprints and ongoing campaigns for longer term activities.
Whichever ways you choose to get involved you will be helping to improve our environment for now and future generations!
If you would like to know more about the toolkit and how to share it, or want us to promote your environmental activities and events, please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us @wcva_ec