Conservation group offers skills training to volunteers

TCV – The Conservation Volunteers – are seeking volunteer project leaders to plan, lead and deliver projects and help expand to take on new projects in and around Croydon and Surrey.

Want to learn new skills in conservation? The TCV could be for you

Want to learn new skills in conservation? The TCV could be for you

“We run project days every week, taking groups of volunteers to sites in and around Croydon to work on improving green spaces,” according to local organiser, Peter Underwood.

“These roles will provide practical experience in environment conservation, community development and volunteer management. We also provide training courses in areas such as project leadership, risk assessment for practical projects, and first aid. Many of our volunteer leaders go on to find employment in the environment and charity sector after their time with TCV.”

At TCV, a love of the environment and the enthusiasm to engage and support volunteers are the main things that you need. Ideally, you will have held a driving licence for more than two years and are over 21, as you can then be trained to become a mini-bus driver.

Volunteer officers work Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week, with occasionally other days if they are available. “To get the most out of these opportunities we would normally expect you to work for a period of around six months but this is flexible,” Underwood said. “As with most voluntary positions, the more you put into your time with us the more you will gain from it.”

Volunteers will be supported by experienced staff through regular meetings where issues can be resolved and guidance provided. You will have all reasonable expenses covered (foreign travel excepted), so will not be out-of-pocket through your volunteering. You will be insured and expected to comply with the policies and procedures of The Conservation Volunteers.

Where roles will be responsible for others, we need to check your references. When the role involves young people and vulnerable adults, we will need to ask for an Enhanced Disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau, Central Registered Body in Scotland or appropriate body in Northern Ireland.

For more information on TCV and upcoming projects in the area, click here.

For a photo diary of recent TCV projects click here.

To discuss volunteering for TCV, call Peter Underwood on 020 8686 4993 or email:

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