The Centre has over 80 volunteers who are the heart of the organisation and fulfil a wide range of roles. Our volunteers span a wide age range, have diverse backgrounds and spend anything from two hours a fortnight to two days a week helping.
Being a volunteer at the Holly Lodge Centre can be immensely rewarding and fun.
Our volunteers’ contribution to the Centre totals over 6,000 hours a year, equivalent to £49,260 (valued at the London living wage), which is almost as much as we raise from grants, donations and events annually. They undertake a variety of roles:
Volunteers lead or assist with delivering activities to both special educational needs and mainstream schools in both our Natural World and Heritage activities. Many education volunteers have a teaching background, but this is not a requirement.
We have a team of volunteers who maintain the Centre’s facilities and participate in varied projects, from building new cupboards to making improvements to the nature trail.
A group of volunteers oversee our annual fund-raising events. This involves developing new ideas, organising and publicising an event, marketing tickets and ensuring the events run smoothly on the day.
- Fund-raising, marketing and communications, administration, IT and finance:
Each of these functions has a small team. Such roles may include preparing and submitting applications for funding to trusts, managing our donation schemes; maintaining our website and social media channels, circulating communications to supporters, and administering the Centre day-to-day.
- Specialist advice and help:
We have a group of individuals who advise and/or provide specialist skills. These include education development, graphic design and branding, website upgrading, project management, landscape design, and conservation and ecology.
Many volunteers do more than one thing: there are many opportunities for using your existing skills or trying something new!
We currently have the following opportunities for volunteers:
Art group leaders - we are looking for some creative people to join our friendly art group. The weekly sessions for adults with learning difficulties, take place on a Monday morning.
Event organisers - are you super organised? We are looking for one or two volunteers to join our events team organising our fundraising events. We have a series of successful events that we organise each year, we need some help to organise these.