Creekside Education Trust offers many opportunities for volunteers; we couldn’t do what we do without volunteer help.
Creekside Discovery Centre welcomes visiting primary school classes nearly every weekday during term time. Children investigate topics from the National Curriculum through outdoor discovery, including wading the river. Our education volunteers assist with setting up and clearing up resources and supporting Creekside staff by helping to supervise groups. Educational volunteers can build up to delivering elements of the programmes. Volunteering with our education team is a perfect opportunity for someone looking for a career in education or community work. These volunteering opportunities run on weekdays 9.30am – 3.00pm.
The grounds of Creekside Discovery Centre are managed almost entirely by volunteers. Over the last 10 years our volunteers have turned the grounds into an important and highly diverse site for London wildflowers through habitat management rather than planting. There are volunteer tasks to suit every ability such as cutting back vegetation, digging areas over, chopping wood for fires, litter picking and tidying up around the grounds. In addition there are building upkeep works so any skills in woodwork, painting or plumbing are welcome.We meet every Wednesday at the Centre, there is a morning team and an afternoon team – some do both!
Low Tide Walks Team:
It is only the help of volunteers that make our famous low tide walks possible. Our longest standing volunteer, Stephen, has helped out at most walks since he started in 2009. The low tide walks allow us to show people what a unique and amazing place Deptford Creek is. Walks take place take every month of the year on either a Saturday or a Sunday, and run for 2-3 hours. We are only able to run our low tide walks because of a small band of volunteers who help make them work. Responsibilities include; setting up, meeting and greeting, equipping participants, helping on the walk, and tidying up afterwards.
Creekside Education Trust requires a lot of work behind the scenes to run effectively day to day, and make new projects possible. If you have skills in administration, data entry and management, fundraising, website maintenance, social media and publicity we would love to hear from you. Days and times of office volunteering are flexible; you can come for a one off week, commit to a regular volunteering day per week or month, or just provide your skills as and when required.
School Holiday Volunteer – Family Activities:
During school holidays Creekside runs a series of family activities, ranging from bug hunting and crab catching to den building and fire lighting. Activities are planned and delivered by Creekside staff and we are looking for a volunteer to help facilitate the activities and assist with set up and clear up. This volunteering opportunity is for one or two days a week 9.30am – 1pm during school holidays. Easter 06/04/2020-17/04/2020, May half term 26/05/2020-29/05/2020, summer 22/07/2020-28/08/2020, October half term 26/10/2020-30/10/2020. This is a great opportunity for someone who studies or works during term time and is interested in a career in community work or outdoor education.
Corporate Volunteering Days:
Creekside Discovery Centre offers corporate volunteers days with a difference – an opportunity to wear waders and go for a walk in Deptford Creek! The only tidal tributary of the Thames that you can walk in. There are plenty of tasks including currently classroom painting, bramble clearing and rubbish collecting. We provide the equipment include gloves, tools and obviously waders! There are excellent transport links including DLR to Greenwich and mainline services from London Bridge, Kings Cross. Fill in the form to find out more about our corporate days and availability.
Enquire about a Volunteering Opportunity
To enquire about any of our volunteering opportunities please complete the form below. Please note that volunteering opportunities are dependent upon availability and you will be required to fill in an application form and complete a trial session.