Welcome to the team!
As a volunteer you are a vital part of the Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme – your contribution is unique, your support is treasured and the range of skills, knowledge and experience that you and others bring is invaluable to the communities of the Glens.
Since you are giving us so much, we want to make sure you have everything you need, this booklet gives you a bit of background and the information you need to get started.
What’s it all about?
This project is based in a truly special and distinctive landscape – its character is shaped by its steep green glens, moorlands, rushing rivers, ancient woodlands, bays and stunning coastlines. It has been moulded through time by volcanic activity to incredible engineering and by Gaelic romanticism, and fragile ecosystems. It is also been shaped by the intangible elements of its past through music and literature, storytelling, myths and legend (and more recently Game of Thrones!).
This diversity presents an opportunity to nurture respect and understanding of this irreplaceable landscape and heritage. We hope to enable the communities that live here to manage this precious place with a sense of pride, whilst learning the skills and acquiring the knowledge that will help safeguard the future.
Heritage Lottery and NIEA Funding has been secured for the five year Scheme. The main aims are;
- To conserve and enhance the built, natural and cultural heritage
- To engage and inspire communities
- To improve access and learning in the area
- To offer heritage skills and training
You are the Heart of the Glens
By giving up your time and sharing your knowledge and expertise you are the image of what this Scheme represents. We’re excited about working with you, we don’t mind if you don’t have experience or if you don’t have a lot of time to commit, we’re happy that you’re keen to get to know us, help out and inevitably inspire.
What’s close to your heart?
We know that we’ll benefit from your skills, experience and enthusiasm and we think that volunteers should benefit too! If you are especially interested in something or would like to develop skills in a particular area then let us know.
We have loads of different projects that you’ll be able to join in on, or even lead! Activities might include wildlife surveying, tour guiding, practical conservation, habitat management, heritage building skills, community art, blogging, photography and helping out at events.
Let’s get started…
You are a vital member of our team-complementing the roles of our staff. We’ll work closely with you to match your skills and interests to the perfect project or activity. Before you start we’ll make sure you understand your role and that you are given the right training, support when you need it and access to information and materials as required.
The Outreach and Volunteer Officer or other designated staff member will guide you through your induction. This will include:
- Background on the Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme
- Your role profile
- Any specific training
- A list of all staff members and volunteers
- Explanation of policies
- Other information as appropriate
For you …
- Enhance your CV –Someone who’s volunteered often is seen as more favourable, plus if you undertake training you’ll gain new skills.
- Get back into work – It’s a great way to get a reference or fill gaps in your work experience.
- Improve your health-Volunteeting can help you sleep better and boost your immune system.
- Make friends– you’ll meet new people with similar interests
- Confidence boost – You’ll learn and do things that you might not normally get the chance to.
Important things you need to know
A copy of our relevant policies are on your USB Flash Drive, we recommend you read these-any questions, just ask! This includes policies such as our full Volunteer policy, Equal Opportunities and Health and Safety.
You’ll be covered under the Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust public liability insurance, the Outreach and Volunteer Officer will go through this with you at your induction and you’ll find more information on the USB Flash Drive.
Health and Safety is hugely important to us, all volunteer roles will require a risk assessment and this will be explained to you by the Outreach and Volunteer Officer. It’s really important that when volunteering you take care of yourself and others, that you cooperate with staff, that you use safety equipment when required and that you report any accidents/incidents. During your induction other general safety rules will be made clear and you will be advised on what to do in an emergency.
Data Protection, Confidentiality and Copyright
We take care to protect your information and we assume that you will do the same. Any media relations are handled by staff and any media requests should be referred to the appropriate staff member. We hope you’re happy to donate the rights to any material you might produce during your time with us.
We want you to enjoy volunteering and we take our responsibility to you very seriously. Similarly we expect you to act appropriately as a representative of the organisation.
If you want to find out more or place you name on our volunteering data base contact us on 028 2075 2100 or email [email protected]