Natural Heritage Volunteering for All: Make Your Mark Knowledge Share

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Join this free online event to talk with people in similar roles, share your volunteer organiser insights, ask questions and pick up practical tips. We welcome those who manage volunteers or are planning to involve volunteers in their heritage organisation.

Scotland is known for its beautiful landscapes and wildlife, which are enjoyed by many. However, research has shown that marginalised people experience barriers in accessing the great outdoors and participating in nature-based volunteering.

Involving a more diverse range of people in natural heritage volunteering is mutually beneficial: spending time outdoors benefits people’s health and wellbeing and can help to establish a sense of rootedness and place, and more people volunteering increases our collective capacity for taking action to protect nature and tackle climate change and biodiversity loss.

At this free Zoom event, we will discuss how organisations can make natural heritage volunteering opportunities more inclusive.

For the first part of the event, speakers from Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) ScotlandThe Conservation Volunteers (TCV) and Able 2 Adventure will detail their work involving marginalised people in natural heritage volunteering, including:

Removing barriers to residential volunteering

Connecting Syrian and other refugee families living in Scotland to local green spaces

Supporting young Gypsy Travellers to undertake nature-based volunteering

Enabling disabled people to participate in natural heritage adventures and volunteering

And more!

There will be time after each speaker for a short Q&A.

For the second part of the event, attendees will participate in a workshop with the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) about how to inclusively rebuild and adapt volunteer programmes to our post-COVID world.

After that, we’ll briefly hear from NatureScot, one of our newest Make Your Mark members, who will discuss their work and volunteer programme.

To close out the event, speakers and attendees will participate in a panel discussion. We encourage knowledge-sharing, so we’re keen to hear what experiences, ideas, thoughts and concerns other volunteer organisers may have with natural heritage volunteering.

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