Community Forum Volunteer

RSPB Sandwell Valley

Great Barr, Birmingham

Volunteer • Part Time 01213577395

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Sandwell Valley nature reserve, on the edge of England's second city is bursting with wildlife, it is an excellent and inspiring place for the education of young people. With its colourful history of monks, monasteries and mines; this landscape now boasts an incredible variety of wildlife and habitats. It is so important because unlike many other nature reserves, this one is in touching distance of hundreds of homes, businesses and motorways, in other words, thousands of people just waiting to discover the nature here.  

The Community Forum contributes towards the success of the reserve by providing relevant guidance, advice and ideas towards the ongoing development of the reserve and its activities, in relation to the local community. It plays a key role in ensuring that RSPB Sandwell Valley remains engaged with and relevant to its local community.

We are looking for new forum members to contribute to this work. This will involve:

  • Attending community forum meetings every 2 months.
  • Advising on how the reserve can remain engaged with and relevant to the local community.
  • Acting as a champion for, and raising awareness of, the reserve amongst the local community.
  • Supporting, giving advice on and monitoring the progress of community projects, including funding sources.
  • Networking with the local community and other groups.
  • Attending some events on reserve to engage with community and gather feedback
  • Contributing to the promotion of the community forum and recruitment of forum members

Access to green spaces has a massively positive impact on urban communities but we need you to help us help our local community. You will have an exciting opportunity to make a meaningful difference, sharing your insights and ideas, and supporting the work of RSPB Sandwell Valley. By being a voice for the local community, you will ensure it is represented in the running of your local RSPB nature reserve.

You will be part of a friendly team of like-minded people and get a chance to develop transferable skills such as decision making, networking and team work. Forum members will have the opportunity to take on more responsibilities if they wish. The chairperson, vice-chair and secretary are appointed amongst forum members for two year terms. 

We're looking for dynamic and reliable individuals who are passionate about connecting people to nature. If you are a creative but realistic thinker, with good people skills, this may be the role for you. You will need to be comfortable contributing to group discussions and approaching members of the community.

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