16 July 2013

The Sill launches call out to find volunteer ambassadors

Northumberland National Park Authority and YHA (England and Wales) has launched a call out to find volunteers who will become part of a team of ambassadors for The Sill project.

The Sill will welcome visitors from far and wide to celebrate, enjoy and conserve the natural world and enchanting open spaces, encouraging exploration around the whole of the National Park and beyond. The project team's vision of developing an extensive programme of activities during the development phase of the project is something its team of ambassadors can help them realise.

Ray Taylor
From helping out with the wider conservation and protection of Northumberland National Park, to supporting the development of The Sill's planned learning and participation programme, The Sill team are looking to bring together people who are passionate about the landscapes of the National Park.

The role of the volunteers will be varied and exciting, and will encompass activities including supporting environmental education sessions as part of The Sill's pilot programme, promoting The Sill at public events, supporting public consultation sessions and conducting questionnaires and surveys in and around the park. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer will receive all necessary training.

The Sill building design incorporates the opportunity for a green roof and unique form of wind vegetation to become part of the experience. Volunteers will also have the chance to be a part of this exciting development, the first of its kind, with seed collection and plant growing opportunities also available to them. 

Georgia Villalobos, Learning and Participation Coordinator for The Sill project, said: "The Sill is one of the most exciting projects to happen in Northumberland for many years and there are plenty of opportunities for volunteers to get involved in the development. We would like to hear from people with experience of working with young people, working with the general public or conducting research, but most importantly we're on the lookout for volunteers who are as passionate about the landscapes of Northumberland National Park as we are.

"You'll learn some fascinating new skills whilst getting outdoors in the stunning landscape and meeting lots of new people."

One volunteer who has already signed up for The Sill's team of ambassadors is Ray Taylor from Whitley Bay. Ray has been a National Park volunteer for eight years now and is inspired by the role that a volunteer can have in actively helping to protect and preserve the precious landscapes of Northumberland National Park, for future generations to enjoy. After hearing about The Sill and attending a recent public consultation event, Ray has now signed up for a number of upcoming activities to help support the project.

Ray said: "As soon as I heard about The Sill project, I wanted to find out more. I have been a volunteer with Northumberland National Park for eight years now and finding out about the opportunities to engage with members of the public and raise awareness of The Sill project is something I am looking forward to being a part of. This iconic project has so many strands to it that it offers something for everyone and takes volunteering in the National Park to a new level.   

"I get so much out of volunteering for the National Park. From leading guided walks to teaching people about the history and heritage of this unique landscape, volunteering is a great way of developing your interests outside of a typical working week and has opened the doors to so many things for me. Just getting out into the countryside and learning new things about the natural world, is such a worthwhile experience and I've met so many new people from across the world during my time as a volunteer.  

"There are also many training opportunities for National Park volunteers, to help you develop your own knowledge and experience and this is something I have taken advantage of during my time as a volunteer. Finding out about The Sill project and the exciting opportunities it presents, has been great and I'm looking forward to joining the initiative as it develops further."

Stuart Evans, Project Director at Northumberland National Park Authority said: "As the project gathers pace, we need people who are willing to invest some of their time and skills to help shape what is a unique initiative of national importance.

"With so many areas being developed further, we would like to hear from members of the public who are interested in joining our team of ambassadors and we can then discuss the wide range of opportunities available to them."

If you are interested in being part of The Sill Ambassador Team, please contact us by email thesill@nnpa.org.uk or by telephone on 01434 611543.

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