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Iver Environment Centre/Groundwork South - Education Volunteer

Details of the Charity:

Iver Environment Centre is a 2.5 acre oasis located in the Colne Valley between Uxbridge and Slough. We offer a range of KS1 & KS2 education programmes and activities for Primary School children, designed to help children and families reconnect wit nature. Our skilled and experienced educators deliver engaging, hands on learning activities, encouraging children to exploring and understand the natural world and apply their scientific enquiry skills. We also run a packed programme of fun and educational holiday activities for children and families, including pond dipping, mini-beast hunts, woodland survival, den building and crafts.

We established the centre in 1990 in partnership with the National Grid to champion environmental education in the region. Over the past three decades, thanks to the invaluable support of local businesses and hundreds of dedicated volunteers, the space has blossomed into a thriving outdoor classroom boasting a number different habitats, gardens and activity zones including our rainforest zone, orchard, woodlands, raised ponds, beehives and community allotments. We also have three indoor classrooms and a large kitchen in our purpose built log cabin.

Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:

Main Tasks:

  • Assisting with educational activities at Iver Environment Centre (school visits, children’s activities, family learning, adult learning and birthday parties). This may include, but is not limited to:
    • Handing out resources
    • Preparing and setting up equipment
    • Welcoming people, directing them and answering questions
    • Teaching or demonstrating activities (dependant on individual)
    • Tidying, cleaning and washing up
    • Inspiring visitors with enthusiasm for the natural world
    • Manning our pop up café/shop
    • Ensuring a fantastic experience for visitors to our site
  • Devising online activities and resources
  • Representing IEC at events such as festivals – manning a stall with fun activities to raise awareness
  • Ensuring our site is safe and welcoming for visitors

Skills Required:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrable commitment to equal opportunities
  • Ecological awareness or willingness to learn
  • Experience working with children (preferred)
  • An interest in the aims of Iver Environment Centre

Additional Benefits:

  • Free training
  • Volunteering hours go towards the Brunel Volunteers Award
  • Interested? Apply below:
    Please note '*' denotes mandatory fields
  • Name
  • Have you come to study at Brunel from outside the UK
  • If you are an international student which visa do you hold?