Volunteering

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 tools and equipment, website hosting, domain renewal costs, stationery, printing ink, non-fundable annual costs such as petrol, oils & chains/cords for chainsaw and strimmer, 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 elected at the Annual General Meeting and can serve for up to six years before having a year's break before being able to serve again. 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 "Car Park Fund" for the car park extension 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 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 50 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, 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 March, April, May, September, October & November. Some are half days of 3 hour sessions, some are full day sessions of six hours including an social hour for lunch and there is one weekend in October of 2 days of 6 hours each with social hour breaks for lunch. These are all generally held at weekends. 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 75 years old.

Cormonachan Woodlands Association Volunteers Policy

The next Volunteers Days will be on:-

Sunday 17th September 2017 from 13.00 to 16.00 hrs.

Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th October 2017 from 10.00 to 16.00 hrs.

Saturday 18th November 2017 from 10.00 to 13.00 hrs.

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

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.

Cormonachan Community Woodlands Compartment Map for Volunteering Areas 1 - 13

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