Explorers Education Volunteer - Milton Keynes


Activities: Education, Explorer Education

Starts: Anytime

Milton Keynes, Grand Union Canal, Buckinghamshire

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What's involved?

If you enjoy working with children and want to inspire them to learn about our local heritage, wildlife and landscape, join our new team of Explorer Education Volunteers based in Milton Keynes.

We are building a new team of volunteers to develop our curriculum enrichment program in and around MK - this will include hands-on workshops and assemblies in schools, as well as developing guided walks and site visits to the Grand Union. As a new team, volunteers can help to shape the direction of this local scheme, building relaionships with local schools and developing our resources.

You will need to be able to volunteer flexibly to respond to group requests, committing to at least 3 or 4 days a month (usually between 9am – 3.30pm with at least two weeks' notice).

What's in it for you?

The opportunity to learn more about waterway heritage and wildlife; use your skills and learn new ones; be in an attractive environment; meet new people and of course, inspire children!

We give you full training and provide resources for leading groups of children, with a number of training days and team meetings. You will have the support of an Learning & Skills Co-ordinator as well as the other volunteers in your team. We reimburse you for all travel costs.

What skills are we looking for?

• Previous experience of hands-on learning with children, or a strong desire to gain experience in this area.
• The ability to enthuse young people through talks and activities.
• The ability to volunteer flexibly, particularly during school term times, and to work within a team.
• The education landscape and Covid-19 situation continues to change, so the role will have to adapt to these circumstances. We seek applicants who are happy to train and be ready for the engagement opportunities that arise as lockdown eases.
• Happy and able to work outdoors in a towpath setting.
• This role involves regulated activity with children and adults at risk, as defined by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. Therefore, an Enhanced Criminal Record check will be undertaken and references will be sought. A criminal record is not necessarily a bar to volunteering with us.

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