EPIC - TCV

Charity registered in Scotland SC039302

The EPIC partnership seeks to raise awareness of the distinctive landscape features and biodiversity around the Ochils Hillfoot Villages and promotes the need to safeguard natural heritage through community engagement and volunteering.
The purpose of EPIC is to engage local communities in environmental projects that will enhance the natural and cultural heritage of Clackmannanshire whilst empowering the notion of local stewardship.


Current opportunities

TCV and EPIC (Enabling Projects In Clackmannanshire) are looking for volunteers to work with us to help improve the green spaces and green networks of Clackmannanshire. Our work takes us all across Clackmannanshire with sites ranging from the Ochil Glens to high level paths, across community projects around the Hillfoot towns and to areas along the River Devon. Our work includes: • Wildflower Seed and Bulb Planting • Tree and Plug Planting • Path building • Scrub clearance • Removing Invasive Plant Species • Fence building • Pond building • Creating Habitats for Wildlife • Drystone Walling and much more Volunteering with us is a great way to: get outdoors, learn new skills, meet new people and make a real difference. Our days run each Tuesday and Thursday, from 10.30am to 2.30pm. Due to COVID restrictions, we cannot provide travel/pick-ups at the moment. Absolutely no prior knowledge, work experience or skills are necessary. All groups are run by an experienced leader who will give you training in the activities we do, the reasons why we do them and the tools we use. All equipment, tools and gloves are supplied. Please wear sturdy footwear and clothes you don’t mind getting a bit dirty. Please bring along a packed lunch and any water or juice you would like.

Volunteer Officer – Assisting with Volunteering Activities for Adults (Voluntary position, training and travel expenses covered – 6 months) Place: Stirling Why TCV need you: The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) connects people to the green spaces that form a vital part of any healthy, happy community. From urban to rural, local parks and community gardens to Local Nature Reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest; from school grounds and hospital grounds to waterways, wetlands, and woodlands. By taking part in TCV activities people improve their health and wellbeing, develop new skills, build stronger communities and have a real impact on the environment. TCV are seeking enthusiastic individuals with a passion for conservation and enthusing others who are looking to develop their skills and gain experience in the sector. By giving your time to become a TCV Volunteer Officer you’ll be helping TCV to reach even more people and improve even more greenspaces for people and nature. Benefits to you: Volunteer Officers (VOs) take on roles with real responsibility – including leading projects and supporting groups of volunteers. Being a VO gives you the opportunity to build skills, knowledge and practical experience and enhance your employability. Some elements of the induction may be online and you will need access to a computer to complete some of the training. We will also organise some practical workdays for all new VOs to give you an introduction to some of the practical conservation activities TCV deliver. You will be supported by a nominated Senior Project Officer who oversees your training and development. You will receive a First Aid training qualification and the opportunity to attend courses on Project Leadership, Safeguarding, Risk Assessment and other training relevant to the specific role. What you need: TCV are looking for enthusiastic individuals with a passion for conservation and helping other to engage with the natural environment. You will be reliable, organised and punctual to ensure workdays run smoothly. Volunteers value the social aspect of our activities so it is important that you are able to interact with volunteers in a friendly manner to enhance their volunteering experience. No past experience of working or volunteering in conservation or with volunteers but you will have to demonstrate why you are interested in volunteering with TCV and how your personality and personal interests make you suitable for the VO role. No qualifications are required but a driving license is desirable. How much time: TCV are looking for a minimum commitment of 1 day a week for 6 months. It can be flexible in terms of which day it is or if it changes week to week. You can be VO for more than one day a week, which greatly improves the level of experience gained and increases the number of opportunities open to you. Indicate your availability in the applicationwhich can be discussed later. People are able to be a VO commitments around work, studies and other commitments. For further details please contact Rebecca Strofton on 07739447964. Please email r.strofton@tcv.org.uk for an application form and submit your application by 5pm on Wednesday the 30th of June. You will be supported in your role by experienced staff through regular meetings where issues can be resolved and guidance provided.