Click the links below to find out more about how you can volunteer for environmental causes at the University and in the local area.
Being an eco volunteer is a challenging, fun and rewarding experience. They undertake all manner of conservation projects to conserve all aspects of British wildlife, and try to do something different each week so that no weekend is the same.
Their work takes them to a number of beautiful locations dotted around the surrounding North Yorkshire countryside. Many of the sites that they work on are designated Nature Reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest, and feature a number of diverse habitats including seasonally flooding hay-meadows, extensive woodland valleys, botanically rich peat-bogs, vast country estates and coastal mud-flats.
Each site directly benefits as a result of their work to conserve and enhances the unique interests found there. The community benefits from the work that they do to make the sites and their features more accessible.
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Free food! Edible Uni is a student-led initiative focussed on the shared growing and harvesting of edible produce on campus. There are now edible gardens in every college. The group look for novel and innovative ways to community garden, and are always on the look-out for new volunteers to help them out! Find out more on the Edible Uni website.
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St Nicks is the green heart of York: a centre for nature and green living. The charity started as ‘Friends of St Nicholas' Fields’ in the 1990s by transforming a former landfill site into a thriving Local Nature Reserve.
It was the power of volunteers that turned a former rubbish tip into the nature reserve and Environment Centre! Volunteering with St Nicks is a great way to meet new friends, learn new skills, gain experience in a competitive sector, help the environment and most of all have lots of fun!
In turn for your time and effort, they provide lots of tea, coffee and enormous amounts of gratitude. Please take a look at the sort of tasks you might be doing and get in touch with their Volunteer Co-ordinator Vicki Wilkinson to arrange a chat: email@example.com.
Yorkshire is a huge area, renowned for its iconic and diverse landscapes, from moors to dales, and coasts to mountains, but many of these landscapes and the wildlife that live in them are at risk. The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust works to protect wildlife, their habitats and landscapes, as well as marine environments, and is one of many Wildlife Trusts across the UK. It first started in York in 1946 with the creation of a reserve at Askham Bog, just to the south of York, to save it from development. It has since grown and evolved over the last 65 years, and now has a membership of over 36, 000! However, YWT relies on volunteers to keep up with the important work that they do, and these opportunities range from office work (finances, admin) and school projects to practical conservation and helping out at community gardens.
The University of York is a Silver Corporate Member of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust giving us a variety of benefits such as exclusive membership discounts for staff and students.
There are many volunteering opportunities within the city as well as at more rural locations.
Find out more at: www.ywt.org.uk/volunteer or email firstname.lastname@example.org.