South Lanarkshire Council

Current opportunities

Volunteers will be undertaking a series of conservation tasks including replacing timber steps, woodland management and removal of non-native species. The site is part of the Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve. Volunteers would be helping to manage and conserve the site and it’s habitats for the benefit of the wildlife and for people to enjoy. The volunteers could also learn more about the biodiversity, and opportunities are available to get involved in other projects and programmes with South Lanarkshire Council's Greenspace Team and Clydesdale Community Initiatives. No skills required. Guidance, training and tools talks are given for each task. The group meet once a month (the last Thursday of the month) from 10.30am and finish up at 2.30 pm approx. 2020 dates here:

Love being outdoors? Love your local woodland? Join the Mauldslie Woods Volunteering Team. Come along and carry out a variety of practical woodland conservation and management tasks, whilst having fun, learning new skills and meeting new people. The group meet on Mauldslie Bridge in Carluke at 10.15am and the group runs until 3.00pm. Dates for 2020 here:

Join our Adult Literacy & Numeracy (ALN) Team as a Volunteer Tutor Assistant supporting Adult learners who are aiming to improve their reading, writing, number and ICT skills. Learners may need support for formal writing, have learning difficulties, be looking to enter employment or training, support their children with their homework; or need some help to access the internet/set up email/use Microsoft Word. FREE training on offer from September 2022 which leads to an SQA Professional Development Award: Supporting Adult Literacies Learning (PDA SALL). This qualification is a minimum requirement for our volunteers and equates to the equivalent of a Higher. Training will be delivered over 8 weeks (one day per week) and candidates will be placed in ALN (Adult Literacy & Numeracy) groups for reflective practice assignments. There are 5 assignments in total. We will support you throughout this process. Candidates can take up to around 6 months to complete the qualification (depending on their other commitments). Please see link below for more information. Volunteers should: • Commit to volunteering for 2 hours per week for a minimum of one year post qualification • Be confident with their own literacy/numeracy and ICT skills • Commit to attending at least 4 volunteer meetings per annum In return we offer: • Full support throughout the training and beyond with a named member of staff • All travel expenses reimbursed • PVG/Disclosure costs covered • Training and continuous professional development available

This conservation opportunity takes place every other Thursday, predominantly at South Haugh and occasionally at Low Parks, Udston & Glenlee Woods and Westburn. The volunteers will be undertaking a series of conservation tasks including woodland management, removal of invasive plant species, tree thinning, litter picking, path maintenance and much more. Please feel free to come along and join in. Volunteers should dress for the weather, sturdy footwear required. Bring a packed lunch. We’ll supply tea/coffee/biscuits. Contact Melanie Craig, Countryside Ranger on 07795 453 443.