Volunteer with Creekside

A group in Deptford Creek, waving to camera

Volunteering is a key part of what we do. We aim to provide opportunities for people to connect with nature and work as part of a lively and enthusiastic team. Volunteers are essential for us to achieve our aims of conservation and education. If you are interested in practical outdoor work, interacting with and assisting others to learn about the natural environment, whilst gaining new knowledge and skills, then we have opportunities for you!

Key information

  • We recruit volunteers on an ongoing basis
  • There are slightly different induction processes for different roles. If you are interested in more than one role please contact us for more information.
  • Learning Team Volunteers are subject to a DBS check
  • Ensure you have read the relevant role descriptions below before applying. 
  • To apply download and complete the Volunteer Application Form and return it to volunteering@creeksidecentre.org.uk or drop it in our letterbox at 14 Creekside, SE8 4SA.
  • *Note the application process for the Trustee role is different - please read the recruitment pack in detail*

Volunteer Application Form

Trustee of Creekside Education Trust

Charity trustees are the people who share ultimate responsibility for governing a charity and directing how it is managed and run. Being a trustee carries a lot of responsibility – it means making decisions that will impact on our community and landscape. It is also incredibly rewarding: you will be directly enabling our vision of building a vibrant community in the heart of London where people and wildlife can thrive.

You can read more about the role of the charity trustee and your duties and responsibilities on the Charity Commission website.

What we are looking for - In addition to the core trustee role description, there are some specific roles, skills and experience that we are particularly looking for to strengthen on our Board:

  • Chair of Trustees, with the skills and capabilities to lead the Board and work effectively with Creekside’s Manager.
  • Treasurer, with knowledge and experience of charity financial management and statutory reporting including SORP.
  • Current experience in key functional areas such as stakeholder engagement, marketing, fundraising, HR would also be beneficial.

Trustee Recruitment Pack

Learning Team Volunteer

  • Our Learning Team deliver educational activities for thousands of school children from London and beyond each year. These sessions are incredibly well received with a large proportion of school bookings being repeat visitors.
  • Learning Team Volunteers assist in the delivery of educational sessions. The vast majority of opportunities will be on weekdays and we do ask for a commitment of full day volunteering, from 09.30-15.00 if possible.
  • Volunteering for an education session will include preparing and setting up resources and equipment, circulating during activities and interacting with the students, and getting stuck in with group activities in Deptford Creek and around the Centre.
  • To get a better understanding of the education work we do here take a look at this video.
  • To find out more about this role please download and read the description below:

Learning Team Volunteer Role Description

A group of children in the creek

 

Low Tide Walk Volunteer

  • Each year at Creekside we run around 25 public Low Tide Walk events. These are aimed towards adults but which can be attended by anyone aged 8+. They are very popular activities and are a great way for members of our community to learn more about Deptford Creek and the wider natural environment, and the work we do to protect it.
  • Low Tide Walk Volunteers help with the delivery of these events, which are usually held on weekends. In the summer and over school holiday breaks we also host additional events in the evenings and weekdays.
  • Volunteering at these events will involve everything from getting your hands dirty helping people pulling on and off waders to chatting with our visitors and helping them before, during and after the event.
  • To find out more about this role please download and read the description below:

Low Tide Walk Volunteer Role Description

A volunteer talking to a group

 

Conservation Volunteer - Limited capacity, please email before completing application.

  • Our Conservation Team manage the Creekside site and Sue Godfrey Nature Park and other wild spaces in the local area. The Creekside site is one of the most biodiverse wildflower habitats for its size in London.
  • Practical Conservation Volunteers are essential in maintaining the quality and diversity of this habitat. We host conservation volunteering sessions on Wednesdays, and volunteers can come along for the morning, afternoon, or both.
  • Volunteering for this activity will involve physical work removing invasive species, cutting and managing existing plants, as well as other seasonal tasks.
  • To find out more about this role please download and read the description below:

Conservation Volunteer Role Description

Volunteers working on land

Open Site Volunteer - not currently recruiting

  • In 2023 we aim to open our site to the public at least twice every month
  • Open Site Volunteers will support these events by welcoming the public and acting as a point of contact for visitors
  • Volunteering will involve interacting with visitors, answering questions, and monitoring the site. You will have opportunities to chat with other volunteers and Creekside staff to learn more about this amazing space. 
  • No specific knowledge is required, just enthusiasm for our work and a willingness to learn.
  • To find out more about this role please download and read the role description below:

Open Site Volunteer Role Description