Volunteer Task Force
The Task Force will work with the volunteer team to provide honest and constructive feedback on the overall volunteer process. Focusing on specific elements of work, including annual reviews of organisational documents relating to volunteering, volunteer handbook, volunteer strategy and action plans.
They will be a representative of the wider volunteer team, ensuring all viewpoints are represented and, where applicable, making sure volunteers are appropriately represented in the decision-making process, and fully understand the strategic direction of the trust. As a team, we will ensure robust and effective channels of communication exist between the Kent Wildlife Trust leadership team, staff and volunteers.
Meet our Volunteer Task Force Team
Volunteers across the organisation
I have been volunteering for Kent Wildlife Trust for 9 years; always supporting the Volunteering Management team at Tyland Barn.
During that time, I have helped with writing and proof-reading newsletters, the website, posters, adverts for volunteers, created PowerPoint presentations for the Christmas volunteer party and filing. I have kept a database of volunteer applicants, created surveys and analysed data for report writing and was involved in the group working on the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental well-being scale. More recently my main roles are liaising with Volunteer centres and ensuring that volunteer adverts on Do-It are up to date and applicants are sent relevant documents. I enjoy completing research tasks and have been involved in researching anything from accessibility to the value of work experience.
In volunteering for Kent Wildlife Trust. I hoped in some small way to support an organisation that was aiming to protect and conserve Kent’s Wild places. I felt I had some skills and knowledge to be of some use to an area that I passionately care about.
As I have been involved in many different areas with the volunteer team, talked to volunteers at most reserves and helped organised volunteer events I felt I could offer a broad view from the volunteer perspective.
Bob Martin - Sevenoaks Area
Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve and Sevenoaks Greensands Common project
I am retired (closed my company in 2021) from paid work, but now seem to have increased time spent in the voluntary sector including sitting on a Regulatory Authority and a Board of Directors. I became a volunteer with Kent Wildlife Trust when the Sevenoaks Greensands Common Project started, but when that fell into the abyss I shifted my allegiance to SWR, which is actually where the initial interest was before being ‘highjacked’ to Greensands!
With my wife (Team M) we love wildlife, so what better way to give back than to become a volunteer, although Covid has curtailed our involvement at SWR thus far. Following some unfortunate experiences in the voluntary sector, including KWT, and not being one to complain without sticking my head above the parapet, contributing to the Volunteer Task Force was obvious.
This initiative of the Volunteer Task Force will give all Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers a ‘voice’ back to senior management and will put in place improvements for all existing and forthcoming volunteers.
Sarah Ingle - Sevenoaks Area
- I have been a volunteer for Kent Wildlife Trust for three years, mostly working in the gardens at Sevenoaks Reserve, and occasionally at Tyland Barn. I have also counted butterflies and helped out with fascinating tasks such as opening bee boxes.
- I really enjoy working outside as part of a team and having a laugh. I am a keen gardener and enjoy putting my skills to use.
- I am a rather reluctant member of the Volunteer Task Force, but think it is really important that the views of volunteers are heard by the organisation and that there is a channel for information to be filtered down from KWT to the volunteers.
Geoff Hamilton - Ashford Area
- I have been volunteering for Kent Wildlife Trust for about 4 years and before that, I volunteered with Essex Wildlife trust for about 3 years
- Having spent most of my life in an office environment, so it is great to be outside and helping the environment.
- It is great to be working with great people to share ideas, jokes and life – and getting fit.
- I believe the volunteer task force will help in channelling ideas of all Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers to help enhance processes and influence Kent Wildlife Trust decision making with respect of us volunteers.
Mike Hatton - Swale Area
For more than 20 years I have been volunteering for Kent Wildlife Trust on various Reserves in East Kent. However, for the last 12 years, I have generally limited my efforts to the Swale area, and have a special interest in South Swale and Oare Marshes.
Volunteering for me is all about being outdoors, and as a volunteer, I am able to loiter legally on the marshes or in the countryside!
Having had a career in ship-building and shipping, I particularly enjoy using my knowledge and practical skills in construction work.
I have joined the Task Force because for a long time I have recognised the need for a direct communication link between the volunteers and Tyland Barn, and hope this will provide it.
Nigel Jennings - Queendown Warren, Nashenden Down, Roadside Nature Reserves & Bee Roads
Queendown Warren, Nashenden Down, Roadside Nature Reserves & Bee Roads
I started volunteering in 2006 after leaving a long career with National Air Traffic Services. Initially it was just to keep myself occupied but I was soon hooked! I enjoy being outdoors, keeping fit and helping to conserve the natural environment. I work regularly at Queendown Warren and many other reserves in West Kent as well as RNRs and Bee Roads across the county. I have been a volunteer group leader for many years. I joined the volunteer task force because I am keen to see high standards of support and recognition offered to all KWT volunteers.
Raymond Howard - Darland Banks
Darland Banks Nature Reserve
- I have been volunteering with Kent Wildlife Trust Darland Banks Team since November 2011.
- To contribute to the improvement of the local environment and community asset in the Medway Towns.
- I think I am a task orientated person
Following on from my work-life career as an Electrical Engineer in the Electricity Supply Industry in London and South East of England for fifty years. At Darland Banks, I carry out group volunteer labouring tasks and brush cutting
Hopefully, by being a part of the Volunteer Task Force, I will be able to make a positive contribution. When speaking to members of the public on-site. I say to enjoy the experience of what is on their doorstep. If you don’t use it you will lose it
- Accentuate the positives. You can have all the money in the world but your greatest wealth is your health and doing an outdoor activity is money in the Bank (in my Darland Banks)
Judith Northwood-Boorman - Maidstone
Maidstone, Tyland Barn. Working With Celia Davies.
I started volunteering for Kent Wildlife Trust in October 2019. I love our Kent countryside and wanted to do something meaningful outdoors. I was also encouraged to volunteer by Jill, one of our Gardening for a Wilder Kent volunteers, after she came to assess our garden for the previous Wild About Gardens award - were we received a bronze award. I, in turn, encouraged a fellow Cuxton resident to entre their fantastic courtyard garden - receiving a bronze award as well.
I volunteered as a Task Force member as volunteers are critical to Kent Wildlife Trust and should be represented and have a voice. I feel that volunteers' experience and creatively might not be used to the full potential - and I want to represent this.
Contact our Volunteer Task Force
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