We have had a lot of volunteering activity over 2019 both in RiverLife and in the Trust, with some great achievements made by everyone involved. Volunteers are one of the most important aspects of the work of the Trust and the RiverLife project. Without the aid of all the people who are willing to give up their free time we would be hard pressed to get anything done!
There are many things to be proud of when it comes to being a volunteer coordinator; watching the progress of volunteers as they gain qualifications and use them; seeing the achievement that can be made through doing short-term tasks like litter picking and rubbish clear-up; knowing you could be helping volunteers take steps in their career goals or helping to get people outdoors and active for the good of their physical and mental health. These things are all rewarding to myself and the staff on the RiverLife team, knowing we have helped to make a difference.
But in addition to this is the difference volunteers make to us and our organisation. In 2019 we had a grand total of 250 volunteer days for the RiverLife project alone. This is an amazing amount of effort that has been put in by all our volunteers be it those who attend our events that we have organised or those who have signed on for citizen science volunteering and are heading out regularly! We appreciate every bit of your help. We would like to wish all our volunteers a Happy New Year, and we hope to see you in this brand new decade for the last few months of the Riverlife project.
Here is a selection of our volunteer highlights from 2019!