A new face for 2020!

 In AONB updates, Volunteering
Verity, Volunteer Coordinator

Verity, Volunteer Coordinator

My name is Verity and I am the new Volunteer Coordinator for the Blackdown Hills and Quantock Hills Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs), as of the beginning of January. I will be splitting my time between the two AONBs every week and will be aiming to maintain and work with the established groups already thriving over the two AONBs and also look into new volunteering opportunities and possibilities.

It’s a huge privilege to have the opportunity to work over two beautiful AONBs, both of which contain an amazing range of habitats and communities. I live just off the end of Quantock Hills and have always been a great lover of the outdoors and nature; so it’s wonderful to be working with and engaging people in such stunning locations.

I previously worked as a fieldwork tutor, teaching students and adults in Exmoor National Park, so it’s an exciting and slightly different challenge to be working with volunteers on the Quantocks and Blackdowns. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been meeting lots of different volunteers, volunteering groups and the partners that we work alongside. I am beginning to get my head around who’s who and the multitude of different volunteering opportunities available.

Current volunteering opportunities in the Blackdown Hills AONB are mainly focused around wildlife surveying, events and community engagement with groups who visit the area. For those who’d prefer not to volunteer outdoors, there are also opportunities to volunteer with the AONB team on communications activities – a great way to get involved and learn new skills.

We work closely with various other partner organisations to support their volunteering efforts. There is generally something to out there for everyone, but we are always looking for new possibilities for volunteers to get involved. Time commitments vary with all volunteering opportunities; with some being weekly and others being more ad hoc, so there’s something to fit into most people’s schedule. If you’re interested in volunteering; are looking for volunteers or would like to learn more contact with me on v.jones@somerset.gov.uk.

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