What’s it about?
The YOE Project is an exciting 3
year project (November 2007 – November 2010) run by Suffolk Wildlife
Trust and funded by Natural England (NE) as part of their
Green Exercise initiative.
The programme aims to engage and
inspire young people (11-18 year olds) who will benefit from being
active through taking part in fun and stimulating outdoor
activities. The 12, once weekly sessions last approximately 2
hours and run in local community spaces and on nature reserves.
Activities range from practical conservation tasks to carrying out
wildlife surveys as well as outdoor cooking, shelter building and
environmental art projects.
Each group of approximately 10
teenagers are referred to the YOE Project to give them the opportunity
to learn new skills, take part in activities that they would not
normally have access to or be interested in, to improve their health
and to connect with their local environment. They are young people
who benefit from being in small groups away from the school
environment. One of the many outcomes hoped to be achieved is
improved self esteem and confidence resulting from increased physical
and mental health.
We need project volunteers...................................
As aYOE volunteer you will be a
valued member of a small friendly team, led by the YOE Project
Worker. We would encourage you to be involved in an area/s that
you feel comfortable with and based on your interests, experience and
skills. To become a YOE volunteer we require that you have a
professional and friendly attitude towards the young people and other
volunteers, be relaxed and have enthusiasm to be part of this innovative
Suffolk Wildlife Trust project.
YOE Project volunteering details
Marshes Education Centre and nature reserve, other SWT nature reserves
and green community spaces in and around Lowestoft.
||YOE Project Worker, Suffolk Wildlife Trust
You do not need to have any specific
skills or experience. However, some interest in any of the
following would be useful: Gardening, hand tool use, practical
skills, youth work or teaching experience, art and crafts, being
outdoors, food and cooking, wildlife and habitats.
The following areas are a guide to what you can get involved with:
tasks including, filing, photocopying, updating records, inputting
figures onto computer system and taking messages by phone.
||Provide positive support and encouragement to small groups of teenagers involved in physical, outdoor based activities.
|Resource preparation and research:
||Research and/or create materials for use with groups with support and guidance from Project Worker. Prepare equipment.
In return for your time and commitment as a YOE project volunteer you will:
Gain on the job training and skills, including an induction to
familiarise yourself with SWT policies and practices, particularly
health and safety issues.
Be part of a dedicated and friendly team of staff and volunteers.
Spend time doing something worthwhile for people and wildlife with
positive spin-offs from seeing how the young people benefit from being
on the YOE Project.
Be offered the opportunity to take part in specific education volunteer training days and social events.
Mileage costs are covered for travelling to and from sites at 15p/mile.
If you are keen to know more please
contact the YOE Project Worker at Carlton Marshes Education Centre on
01502 564250 (Mon, Tues and Fri) or email: # or write toCarlton Marshes, Burnt Hill Lane, Carlton Colville, Lowestoft, NR33 8HU.