Volunteers play an extremely important part in the delivery of countryside management in Calderdale, undertaking many tasks ranging from site management, wildlife surveys, maintaining public rights of way, supporting education activities, leading walks and running the shop at Ogden Water. Experience isn’t necessary as volunteers receive an induction and onsite training. Volunteers get the opportunity to explore the local countryside, meet new friends, get active and learn new skills. We cover expenses for our formal volunteering opportunities. We currently run four formal practical volunteering work parties a week.
If you just want to turn up and have a go at some practical work we run two informal volunteering opportunities a month. The third Tuesday of every month at Ogden Water and the second Sunday of every month at Cunnery Wood and Beacon Hill (part of Shibden Estate).
Some Countryside sites and Parks have Friends Groups that support the site in a number of ways which can include fundraising, running events or practical work. There are currently Friends Groups at Colden Clough, Norland Moor, Centre Vale Park, Beechwood Park and Cromwell Bottom. The Friends of Calderdale Countryside is an overarching group who fund raise for larger countryside projects within Calderdale. Recently the Friends of Calderdale Countryside supported the ‘Walks Around the Village’ leaflets.
Whether it’s team building or just to put something back in the local community, we can offer a variety of volunteering days or team building days for corporate groups.
If you are interested in volunteering opportunities with the Countryside Services, please contact Countryside Services .