THE green social enterprise, Borders Environmental Education Services (BEES), is looking for volunteers for a free training programme aimed at equipping them to work on community projects in the region, writes Sally Gillespie.
Up to 20 volunteers will be offered a year’s training under the two-year programme, which is funded by the Scottish Government and the European Community Scottish Borders LEADER cash, with support from the Robertson Trust.
BEES founder Peter Carthy said: “Volunteers will work with community and child-centred groups on a supervised basis to acquire the practical skills they need to work with groups in environmental education. Successful completion will lead to recognised certificates, which it’s hoped will help participants to find work in the sector.”
Volunteer trainees need to be currently unemployed or under-employed and living in the Borders and the training programme includes Forest Schools Level 2 and training in outdoor first aid, minibus driving, child protection, bushcraft, John Muir Award leadership and food hygiene.
Based in Jedburgh, BEES runs environmental education programmes, outdoor play groups, forest schools and community wellness initiatives. Mr Carthy said: “BEES helps you rediscover your inner adventurer with an inspiring mix of hands-on play, bushcraft, practical conservation and environmental projects to help boost mental well-being and self-esteem. It is aimed at people of all ages and all social backgrounds. We offer various projects designed specifically for both children and adults, including our Saturday clubs / activity weeks, and other contracted projects.”
Anyone interested in volunteering or training should contact project development worker, Caroline Blackie on 01835 869869 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on BEES see www.bee-active.org.