Family Learning Assistant

Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership

Pendle Hill, East Lancashire

Volunteer • Part Time 01200 420420 Alison Cross

Sectors: environmental education, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership

The Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership Scheme is a Heritage Lottery funded programme which started in April 2018 and will finish in March 2022. The scheme involves a number of different projects, focused on three main themes: the Environment, the Economy and Everyone. These projects will aim to gather people together to understand, restore and celebrate the distinctive landscape and heritage of Pendle Hill, as well as focus on preventing and counteracting current and future threats to the landscape.

One of these projects (Volunteering and Learning project) aims to engage children, families and education groups within the landscape of Pendle Hill. This will be though school trips, informal teaching and family events. For this, enthusiastic volunteers are needed to help deliver these sessions and engage with the local community outdoors. Learning skills, creating a difference and making friends during the process.

Family Learning Assistant

The Outdoor Learning project is led by the Outdoor Learning Officer, who is employed through the Ernest Cook Trust. ECT was founded as an educational trust by Ernest Cook, grandson of Thomas Cook (the travel agent), in 1952. ECT's vision is inspiring young people to achieve better education and life outcomes by learning from the land. In order to increase this reach they have begun to partner with a range of organisations in different parts of the UK, hence their involvement with the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership. The Outdoor Learning Officer will provide a key role in broadening learning aspects of the PHLP, providing additional family activities and formal education methods to engage with the PHLP community.

This role involves:

  • Assisting the delivery of nature and heritage events and activities within the PHLP area for adults, children and families
  • Supporting the Outdoor Learning Officer in admin, resource creation and session promotion.
  • Assisting the OLO in delivering safe, enjoyable, fun and active family event sessions for children, young people and families.
  • Ensuring that equipment and resource material is prepared prior to activities, and returned, checked and cleaned afterwards.
  • Joining in with activities and providing a positive role model for the children, young people and families.
  • Encouraging families to try other PHLP community events, training and activities.
  • Working with other volunteers in accordance with the health and safety policy, safeguarding and other volunteering polcies.

What's in it for you?

  • Becoming part of a friendly and dedicated team
  • Making an impact on children's and adult's connections with nature within East Lancashire.
  • Meeting people from all walks of life and socialising with new people
  • Improving your communication skills with children and adults.
  • Enjoying new experiences and learning something new every day.
  • A chance to express your creative talents and develop new ideas and materials.
  • Role specific training to help you develop your skills for working with children in an outdoor environment.

This role will suit people who:

  • Are aged 16 or over.
  • Are reliable, friendly, helpful and approachable
  • Have experience of working with children, young adults in an informal or formal setting.
  • Are enthusiastic about nature, landscape, heritage and outdoor learning.
  • Are keen to learn new skills and develop knowledge
  • Enjoy meeting new people, in particular children and families
  • Are keen to 'get stuck in' with activity sessions outdoors in all weathers.

Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership Volunteer Role

Location of volunteer activity: Office based in LCC Offices, off Pimlico Road, BB7 2BW (next to Clitheroe Register Office). Activity and sessions will take place across the Pendle Hill area including locations such as Whalley Spring Wood, Nelson Victoria Park, Clarion House and Whitehough Outdoor Centre.

Time commitment:

Opportunities for periodic/regular volunteering. Either 1 day per week/biweekly/monthly or ad hoc to suit school groups. We hope people will volunteers with an interest in benefiting the PHLP in the long term.

Responsible to:

Outdoor Learning Officer

Training offered:

As part of your induction you will receive training to help equip you for your role (health and safety, safeguarding etc.) Throughout the PHLP there will be further opportunities to attend specific training.


Out-of-pocket travel costs, following the Volunteer Expenses Policy.

Before starting this role you will be required to undertake an informal interview and full induction. If you are interested in this opportunity or would like to find out more please call 01200 420420 or email

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