As a volunteer with our workshops you will be leading and/or assisting with bookable events for children, families and adults. We are looking for individuals who are interested in giving a few hours every few weeks as we build up a programme of light-touch activities that will run in The Old Goods Shed at the Park. Some previous events have been "An Evening to Crochet", "Children's Nature Crafts - Making Fat Balls and Planting Bulbs". "Chinese New Year Crafts for Children", "Christmas Storytelling" and many more.
This is a beautifully diverse and flexible role that gives volunteers the opportunity to dip their toe in a range of activities!
As a volunteer with us you might be...
- running an adult craft class; sketching, painting, crochet, cookery, paper crafts, knitting.... the list goes on!
- Assisting with our nature walks e.g. bat walks, bird talks, tree identification walks.
- Taking a small group on bug hunts during the summer
- Running a storytelling circle in our willow wigwam or on the Clare Station Platform
- Suggesting new ideas for our activity packs that visitors can use when they visit
- Shadowing other volunteers to experience what the Park has to offer
This role is great for individuals that enjoy working with families and in social situations. Events often run with 2-3 volunteers present at a time so is great way to meet other volunteers as well as having fun with some simple crafts!
DBS Checks are run on all new volunteers with opportunities often being available for other training as well.
You don’t need to hold any formal teaching qualifications but in some circumstances, experience of working with young people and children may be advantageous.
How might volunteers benefit from getting involved?
- Building your confidence of hosting an event and being an important element of the event running on the day
- Trying new things and learning about the Park
- Meeting new people that you otherwise may not meet
- Spending time outdoors and encouraging others to take an interest in wildlife.
- Having regular opportunities to shadow other volunteers, learn new skills and receive training
As volunteers often work in groups, we are happy to hear from anyone who is over the age of 16.
Nestled away in the delightful village of Clare, Clare Castle Country Park contains the remains of the 13th Century stone castle keep set upon its 60ft high motte overlooking the town. The Castle's inner inner and outer baileys are ideal areas for recreation and picnics with the inner bailey also containing the former railway station which is now a Listed building.
Various walks and trails weave through the park which sits along the banks of the River Stour. Our rich flora and fauna is further complimented by a diverse population of wildlife.
After recently securing Heritage Lottery Funding, the park is undergoing renovation works and improving its facilities for the local community and visitors to Clare.