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Volunteering on your doorstep

As a not for profit organisation we rely on volunteers to help deliver projects, events and improve biodiversity on our 100-acre site. We welcome volunteers of all ages and abilities and can organise environmental volunteer days for businesses, schools, older people and youth groups.

All instruction, equipment, materials and lunch is provided and we host a special celebration event for all our volunteers in December each year where they receive a certificate, enjoy a three course meal, music and activity voucher.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and making a difference in your community, click the button below and complete our online registration form. We'll give each volunteer a login to our volunteer zone.

Volunteer induction

All of our volunteers must complete an induction day.  These take place twice a year in March and September. This is an informal welcome event where you will meet our staff and learn about the history and heritage of the site.

The format for the day is as follows:

  • Welcome/Introductions/Tea and breakfast bap
  • PowerPoint presentation from our Environmental Officer on history and natural heritage of our site, health and safety and policies and procedures
  • Health and Safety and Risk Assessment
  • Tour of facilities and site
  • View our volunteer policy

Volunteering opportunities

  • Tree Planting
  • Habitat Management: Clearing scrub and helping remove invasive plant Himalayan balsam – think of it as an eco gym!
  • Biodiversity and Citizen Science: We record wildlife to tie in with national monitoring programmes such as the Big Garden Bird Watch, Butterfly Conservation Trust, National Bat Monitoring Programme and CEDaR
  • Paint and Plant
  • Clean and Green
  • Events: Help organise our wildlife events, greet visitors and help deliver activities
  • Good As New: Upcycling wetsuits and boats
  • Biodiversity on Your Doorstep: Volunteering in care home gardens and NHS centres
  • Business in the Community Days

To become a volunteer, fill in a registration form and we'll do the rest.

Why volunteer?

Volunteering is at the heart of every healthy community. Not only can you feel some valuable benefits when you take part in a volunteering project, but the effects you can have on your local community and beyond are remarkable.

Here are the 10 top reasons why volunteering makes a difference to you and your community.

It can make you happier and healthier

Helping others make us happy. This is been proven by research time and again. The most recent study on happiness carried out at the London School of Economics with a large group of US citizens found that the more people volunteered, the happier they were. Feelings of optimism and focusing on others also reduce stress and strengthen the immune system. Volunteers are more physically healthy and live better for longer.

It saves money

Volunteering provides valuable community services so more resources can be spent on meeting local needs

Volunteers gain valid experience

You can try out a new career or increase your knowledge of your present one. Even if your volunteering role is not connected to your job, it will help you to hone vital skills – communication, teamwork or problem solving – that will make you a more effective employee or manager.

It creates new communities

Volunteering in a team helps to unite people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal, building camaraderie and improving your team-building and social skills. Volunteering is one of the best ways to make friends and strengthen existing relationships by committing to a shared activity.

It promotes personal growth

Understanding community needs and engaging with those from a different background helps develop empathy and self-efficacy. Volunteering can offer you hands-on experiences and new relationships that you would not encounter in your regular life. These can be incredibly enriching and invigorating.

It strengthens communities

Whether you are supporting families, working in a community garden, supporting young people or befriending a disabled adult, your time and energy will help you fortify your community. It also strengthens the ties to your community, helping you appreciate its gifts and assets, and broadens your support network.

It’s a way to explore your interests

Volunteers often discover hidden talents that can have a positive effect on their self-esteem. It’s also a great way to explore your interests –many people pursue their hobbies while volunteering. What’s more, finding work that is meaningful and stimulating can offer a break from everyday commitments, providing renewed creativity and motivation that you can take into other areas of your life.

You get a chance to give something back

By extending yourself and ‘filling the gaps’, you can support community resources that you use yourself or that benefit people you care about.

It helps you to become more community minded

Community service invests in local areas and the people who live there, partnering with others to make it a better place. You can be the change you want to see.

When you volunteer you make a difference

Whether you’re involved in a local community project or are taking part in an international movement, the benefits of volunteering can be enormous. Knowing you make a difference and have helped others is empowering and gives you a natural sense of purpose and accomplishment.

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Set up by the community

As a registered charity that delivers not for profit outdoor activities, we provide access to recreation, education, training, volunteering and a biodiversity rich site for the community.

Activities include water sports, orienteering, geocaching, raft building, free environmental education workshops for schools and annual wildlife and holiday themed events including our popular Hallowe'en programme.
This website is funded by The Fore RAFT Fund
Creggan Country Park, 196 Westway, Creggan, Derry, BT48 9NU
Tel: 028 7136 3133
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