Volunteering

The physical Volunteers Days for Autumn 2018:-

September

Thursday 20th September 2018 from 10.00 to 16.00 hrs.

Friday 21st September 2018 from 10.00 to 16.00 hrs.

Saturday 22nd September 2018 from 10.00 to 13.00 hrs.

October

Friday 26th October 2018 from 10.00 to 16.00 hrs.

Saturday 27th October 2018 from 10.00 to 16.00 hrs.

Sunday 28th October 2018 from 10.00 to 16.00 hrs.

November

Friday 23rd November 2018 from 10.00 to 16.00 hrs.

Saturday 24th November 2018 from 10.00 to 16.00 hrs.

Members will be welcome to help mornings, afternoons

or both on any or all of these days!

We do hope that as many members as possible can volunteer over these months.

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Your Questions answered.

What does Volunteering involve?

Volunteering can help the Cormonachan Woodlands Association in different ways:-

1) Volunteering to become an annual member – this helps pay for the running of the Association.

2) Volunteering on the Committee – helping run the Association with its organisation & funding.

3) Volunteering to help raise funds – the Association has no income stream other than annual membership.

4) Volunteering at events – helping to set up & take down our marquee and run the stand (Open Days/Gala Day/etc.)

5) Volunteering in the woodlands – helping physically, working at various tasks.

More information on the above…

1) Volunteering to become an annual member

Q. Why is it important that the Association has members?

A. The Cormonachan Woodlands Association is a not-for-profit organisation. It has no income stream, such as being able to sell timber commercially from the woodlands. The woodlands are community woodlands run for the preservation of the woodlands and maintenance of its paths for education and recreation. The Association has to raise money to run the organisation. There are annual costs that have to be covered – third party insurance, insurance of its structures (Red Squirrel Hide, Shed & Contemplation Shelter), tools, equipment, website hosting, domain renewal costs, stationery, printing ink, non-fundable annual costs such as servicing equipment, petrol, oils & chains/cords for chainsaw and strimmers, incidentals, etc. All these costs are paid for by the membership’s annual subscriptions. It is therefore important to the Association that members renew their membership annually to ensure the viability of the Association’s future.

Membership Application Form

2) Volunteering on the Committee

Q. How do I apply to become a Committee Member?

A. You need to have a passion to want to preserve Cormonachan Woodlands for Conservation, Education and Recreation. You volunteer your services advising the committee of your attributes and experiences. As the committee is made up of only six members (Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and three other places), you would need to be co-opted/elected a place on the committee when a vacancy becomes available. All committee members are re-elected or  elected at the Annual General Meeting. Committee meetings would average around six meetings a year. Committee members would be expected to attend and organise volunteer groups a few times each year.

3) Volunteering to help raise funds

Q. How can we help to raise funds?

A. You can help with these items:-

1) Encourage your friends and neighbours to become members of the Association.

2) Donate small or larger amounts of money to Cormonachan Woodlands Association’s projects or general fund (the “Proposed Path Fund” is the current project).
Cheques or bank transfers are welcome or ‘Donate’ via PayPal on the Association’s website – http://www.cormonachan-woodlands.co.uk/news.html  (bottom of page).

3) When buying anything on-line, check to see if that one (of 3,000 listed retailers) is offering a fund raising donation to Cormonachan Woodlands.
Go to https://www.goraise.co.uk/cormonachan-woodlands-association as small amounts add up to big amounts if lots of members use the system.

4) The committee obtains funding for projects, tools, equipment, structures, paths and training of member volunteers through a wide range of available community funds. Members with funding application experience are invited to contact the Association’s Secretary with any funding sources information they may have that would be beneficial to the Association.

4) Volunteering at events

Q. Why does the Association have Open Days and attend other events, such as Gala Days locally?

A. Members of the local community need to be informed about the historic and modern-day value of Cormonachan Woodlands which are classified as ‘Ancient Semi Natural Woodlands’. These 58.9 hectares of ancient Atlantic oak and hazel woodlands with their paths have to be maintained for conservation, education and recreation on behalf of the local community. Walking in Cormonachan Woodlands around the 1 km Squirrel Trail or 2.5 km circular paths is excellent for people’s health and walking dogs is welcome. These are lovely walks to do all year round, however, in order to keep them in good order, the Association needs volunteers for the maintenance of the paths. Open Days and Gala Days help to promote the Association’s work and gain new members and also raise funds for projects.

5) Volunteering in Cormonachan Woodlands

Q. My family and I would like to help as volunteers but we haven’t done it before. What is the procedure?

A. We meet at the Cormonachan Woodlands car park preferably 10 minutes before the start time on a Volunteers Day. Before each of the days we generally list the priorities for the day and advise members by email. It’s always helpful if you can let us know which day(s) you can volunteer on so we can plan what tools may be required. We supply tools, HiVis jackets, gloves and visors, etc. if appropriate. Children are welcome. If the car park is full we arrange parking just down the road and a shuttle service… A safety briefing is given, you sign an Adult Medical Information & Consent form, and if children are helping a Medical Information for Minors & Consent form and a selection of tasks will be available with guidance… First Aiders are always in attendance. Volunteer Days are generally in February, March, April, May, September, October & November. Some are half days of 3 hour sessions, some are full day sessions of six hours including a social hour for lunch and there is one weekend in February & another in October of 2 days of 6 hours each with social hour breaks for lunch. These days are all generally held at weekends but also on weekdays. We try to have a good time volunteering and achieve good results in looking after the woodlands. Currently our youngest volunteer is 4 year old and our oldest is 77 years old.

Work to do includes cutting invasive Rhododendron ponticum and bracken, strimming the paths (certificated volunteer members only), scything, felling Sitka spruce trees (certificated volunteer members only), pruning branches alongside the paths, painting the Red Squirrel Hide & storage shed and the Contemplation Shelter, maintaining the ditches, cleaning the picnic tables & benches, helping to make sculptures, topping up the squirrel feeders, cleaning the information signs and anything else that may be needed to to maintain the woodlands in good order.

Cormonachan Woodlands Association Volunteer Policy

The next Volunteers Days in 2018:-

November

Friday 23rd November 2018 from 10.00 to 16.00 hrs.

Tasks of the day: Cutting down Rhododendron ponticum by Cormonachan Burn bridge and roadside in the southern area (12a & 13 on the Compartment Map below) of Cormonachan Woodlands. Also pruning the self-seeded saplings alongside the Squirrel Trail paths.

Saturday 24th November 2018 from 10.00 to 16.00 hrs.

Tasks of the day: Cutting down Rhododendron ponticum and self seeded Sitka spruce alongside the lower circular path in the northern area (3a, 4, 5 & 6 on the Compartment Map below) of Cormonachan Woodlands. Also pruning the self-seeded saplings alongside the Squirrel Trail paths.

Members will be welcome to help mornings, afternoons, all day or both of these days!

We do hope that as many members as possible can volunteer this month.

Your volunteering will help to maintain these ancient Atlantic oak and hazel woodlands and keep the paths in good order for locals and visitors to enjoy these wonderful walks. Below is the compartment map showing the various work areas.