National Park praises first Millennium Volunteer

Awarded yesterday and recognising his achievement of 50 hours volunteer work, Edward has undertaken various tasks including the installation of new bridge near Trefil Quarry, vegetation clearance and the installation of stiles and gates.  Edward is now working towards achieving the ultimate goal of the scheme, 200 hours of diverse and challenging volunteer work.

Launched only a month ago, the Millennium Volunteers recruitment scheme in the National Park has signed up fifteen volunteers with the help of a £7,000 grant from Millennium volunteers, supported by the Welsh Assembly Government.

Ian Penn, Millennium Volunteer Coordinator for Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority said:  “The Millennium Volunteers scheme is strengthening our efforts to promote volunteering in the Park – particularly at a time when the area has struggled to retain young people.   We are hopeful that this project will be a stepping stone in persuading young adults to live and work in the Park, contributing to our communities’ economic development and cultural heritage.

“From building bridges to liaising with our visitors or designing information and promotional materials, volunteers play a valuable role in building stronger communities.  Some of our most experienced Area Managers and wardens at the National Park started their careers as volunteers so it just goes to prove that these young adults are in good hands to receive expert guidance and better employment opportunities in their chosen career fields. We have a few more spaces left for the enthusiastic young people who wish to take part in this valuable opportunity.”

Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority is still taking on volunteers for the project and is inviting all 16 – 24 year olds to apply.  The scheme will provide support for travel expenses, lunch, refreshments and even help with childcare if required.  Volunteers will receive professional training throughout the winter in practical countryside management, access, wildlife habitats and visitor services from trained National Park staff.  A detailed information sheet and application pack is available here or contact Ian Penn on 01874 620466