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Volunteering opportunities that help bring conservation to life!

Posted on Saturday 14th March 2015 at 4:55 pm by SH (Editor)

The Wild Place Project, Cribbs Causeway.

By Jade Stott (Volunteer Coordinator) and Gayle La Croix (Operations Manager) of the Wild Place Project.

The Wild Place Project, located near Cribbs Causeway, is a fun, family attraction that provides outdoor adventure, play and learning.

Opened by the Bristol Zoological Society, with an emphasis on protecting threatened habitats on our doorsteps and around the globe, the Wild Place Project aims to inspire families to enjoy nature by offering a number of outdoor adventures. Guests of all ages can discover wildlife from the UK and around the world with our seasonal themed trails, woodland walks, amazing animal experiences and much more! Our incredible animals range from the mischievous lemurs of Madagascar to the striking grey wolves of Europe.

We are really fortunate to be supported by a fantastic team of volunteers who are helping us in the gardens, looking after the animals, engaging with our guests and supporting events and activities. We even have volunteering roles available within our maintenance team, for the more hands on among you!

We have seen fantastic developments to the project since our opening in July 2013, from new animal enclosures to play areas and gardens. Many personal goals have also been reached by our wonderful volunteering team. We are now preparing for our fast approaching spring/summer season with many more volunteer opportunities opening up.

Volunteering at Wild Place Project is a fantastic way to learn new skills and meet new people whilst helping us spread conservation awareness in a fun and inspiring environment, surrounded by like-minded people. As well as our wonderful animal collection, we are lucky enough to have large amounts of untouched land and beautiful gardens, including an area of protected British Ancient Woodland, so there are many ways to be involved – from volunteer rangers to gardeners and from guest services and maintenance to education.

The Wild Place Project is looking for individuals who love being outdoors and are outgoing, hands on people who want to encourage our guests to become more interested in our habitats, conservation and our amazing animals, as well as helping them to have a great day at a developing visitor attraction!

For more information on volunteering, including the various roles available, please visit or call 0117 980 7181.

This article originally appeared in the March 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Discover local volunteering opportunities at ‘speed matching’ event

Posted on Monday 17th February 2014 at 11:48 am by SH (Editor)

Volunteer Speed Matching event in Patchway.

Have you ever thought about volunteering but don’t know how to get involved?

Discover local volunteering opportunities in a speed-matching event to find your perfect match!

The Volunteer Centre Patchway, Filton and The Stokes is holding an event for everyone who would like to hear about volunteering opportunities. The Volunteer Speed-Match event will take place at Coniston Community Centre in Patchway (BS34 5LP) on Tuesday 18th February starting at 5.30pm and finishing at 7pm.

Volunteer Speed Match will allow potential volunteers to meet with local charities and hear about a wide range of volunteering opportunities. Learn how you can share your skills and benefit personally from volunteering. Volunteering offers flexibility and can offer short-term and long-term placements, suiting all different skills and life styles!

The event is run in two sessions: In the first half you will meet a number of local organisations and hear a snap-shot of their volunteering opportunities; in the second half you can choose to meet with the three organisations you are most interested in and spend a ten-minute session with each finding out more.

If you like what you hear and want to get involved you can sign up there and then.

For more information please contact: or 01454 868 986.

This article originally appeared in the February 2014 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine. Our magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,250 homes in Bradley Stoke and Little Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising.

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Airbus graduates support Family Fun Day extravaganza

Posted on Wednesday 3rd October 2012 at 10:43 am by SH (Editor)

Air rocket activity at the Patchway Family Fun Day.

Twenty Airbus graduates supported Patchway Community Centre staff throughout a Fun Family Day last Saturday (29th September) by running fundraising activities. There was also the opportunity for children to play on a bouncy castle and to take part in flight inspired exercises such as building and flying model planes and launching some rockets!

The Fun Family Day was focussed on raising the essential funds to sustain the necessary work which this community centre does every day. A team of Airbus graduates helped out by organising a raffle, baking and selling cupcakes as well as testing their culinary skills by preparing a BBQ.

Children visiting the centre got involved in some science and engineering themed activities organised by the Airbus graduates. These activities aimed to demonstrate to the children the theory of flight. What’s more they got the opportunity to see some real aircraft parts and get involved in some interactive tasks!

The Airbus graduates first became involved with Patchway Community Centre in July, when they redecorated the facility’s main and small halls. Helping out at the Fun Family Day marked their long-term commitment to the Centre.

Louisa Trueman from Patchway Community Centre said:

“It is great to see young professionals in our local community committed to working on neighbourhood projects. Airbus graduates have done a fantastic job in organising some of Saturday’s activities, it was a really enjoyable and successful day!”

Jeffrey Ware, an Airbus graduate volunteering at the event, added:

“It great to be involved in a community project such as this. Airbus has worked with Patchway Community Centre before and our relationship to the centre and participation in these projects have really made a noticeable difference in the local community.”

More: Airbus graduates sample zero-gravity on bouncy castle! »

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Judo club volunteers up for national award

Posted on Wednesday 15th August 2012 at 7:14 pm by SH (Editor)

Alex Bright and Emma Peacock of Patchway Judo Club, Bristol.

Not only do Patchway Judo Club’s players bring home the medals and trophies, their volunteers do too!

Emma Peacock, the club’s treasurer, has made it through to the top four national award for club volunteers and, not to be out done, Alex Bright, 17, has made it through to the top four national award for young volunteer.

To see whether they receive a gold, silver or bronze award, British Judo is conducting an open ballot for supporters to vote for them and the other candidates.

Emma and Alex didn’t know they were being nominated and were shocked and pleased to have not only been nominated but to have got to the finals. As you can see from their judo kits they are both active judo players as well.

These two are not the first volunteers to be awarded volunteer awards this year – club coach and secretary Alison Finn won the over-18s Filton Unsung Heros award in July and a few months ago club chairman Andrew Phelps won the Chair of South Gloucesterhire Council’s award for services to volunteering. As a bonus, Andrew later got to meet Earl and Countess of Wessex at a lunch for the volunteers.

Volunteering is clearly a big part of the club, with it being run entirely by volunteers, from coaching to ‘back room’ staff.

More: Club is aiming for gold Club Mark award »

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