Benefits of Volunteering 


Volunteering is a rewarding way to contribute to society, develop new skills, and make a positive impact on the lives of others. Volunteering can also benefit you, as a volunteer, as you can gain valuable experience, enhance your personal and professional networks, and improve your health and wellbeing.  

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Learn new skills and knowledge

Volunteering can expose you to different fields, tasks, and challenges that can help you acquire new competencies and insights. You can also share your own expertise and talents with others and learn from their perspectives and feedback. 

Expand your network and connections

Volunteering can introduce you to a diverse range of people, from fellow volunteers, staff, beneficiaries, to community leaders and stakeholders. You can build meaningful relationships, exchange ideas and information, and access new opportunities and resources. 

Boost confidence and self-esteem

Volunteering can help you overcome personal barriers, such as shyness, anxiety, or low self-confidence. By taking on new responsibilities, achieving goals, and receiving recognition, you can feel more capable, competent, and valued. 

Enhance wellbeing and happiness

Volunteering can provide you with a sense of purpose, fulfilment, and satisfaction. You can also enjoy the positive emotions that come from helping others, being part of a team, and having fun. Volunteering can also reduce stress, depression, and loneliness by giving you a sense of belonging and support. 

Volunteer with us 

We encourage people from all walks of life to get involved with volunteering. Whatever your passion in life, we can help you find the right role for you. We have several locations where you can volunteer and we will do our best to support you in the area of work that you are most interested in. Take a look at our different outlets, venues and nature sites to see where you would like to volunteer. 

Volunteer Roles

We couldn’t give as many children and adults access to our thriving nature site without the amazing work of our dedicated volunteers. If you’d like to join the team, you can help to create a welcoming space for people to learn, conserve the site for the benefit of wildlife, or support children to grow and develop. In return, you’ll gain valuable experience and qualifications, be welcomed into the West Boldon Lodge family, and receive tailored support to help you get what you want from your time volunteering.

Volunteer Education Assistants
Help to deliver our school visits and/or family activities. Whether you want to observe how we run, or get experience leading sessions yourself, we’ll give you the support and training to succeed. Work in this sector unfortunately often requires experience, so this is the ideal volunteering opportunity for anyone wanting to get into teaching or outdoor education.

Volunteer Site Maintenance Assistants
Support us in maintaining the balance between educational space and wildlife sanctuary. Whether you’re great at woodwork, an ecology expert, or just like getting your hands dirty and seeing a job well done, you can make a valuable contribution to the Lodge.

Our Practical Conservation Volunteer Group meet twice per month on Wednesdays between 10:00am – 3:00pm to carry out essential site maintenance and enhancements including footpath clearance, willow weaving, meadow raking and more.

For the above posts, you should be able to volunteer at least once per week!