Volunteer Activities: Get Involved

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Cleaning up the Environment

These opportunities are all based around helping to clean up the environment of Poole. We don’t all litter, but we all see litter daily. Why not build it in to your daily or weekly routine to volunteer with one of the opportunities below, or run your own Community Litter Pick?

If you are interested in any of the activities listed below, please feel free to contact the activity organisers direct. Alternatively you may wish to contact us to register your interest or ask any questions. Thank you.

Litter Pick Activity Listing

Litter Pick with the Whitecliff Harbourside Park Volunteers

Start date: Saturday, 25 May 2019

End date: Saturday, 30 May 2020

At: 9.30am

Location: Whitecliff Harbourside Park, Whitecliff Road, Poole BH14 8DU

Litter Pick with the Whitecliff Harbourside Park Volunteers

On the last Saturday of each month the Whitecliff Harbourside Park Volunteers carry out a litter pick on the park. It is a great time to come together as a group and help to clean the area for the enjoyment of all users of the park. 

You can meet the group at the car park at 9:30am on the last Saturday of each month and the pick goes on until 11am.

This is just another great way to volunteer and take action whilst enjoying a beautiful environment in which to spend a Saturday morning, and a great excuse to get out into one of the most well-used and most-loved parks in Poole. 

Litter Pick Equipment Lending

Start date: Friday, 31 May 2019

End date: Sunday, 31 May 2020

Litter Pick Equipment Lending

Are you looking to carry out a litter pick on your road, by your home, or in your nearest park? With our support we can help share your event across a variety of media, whilst also providing all the equipment you need to carry out a pick including litter pickers, bag hoops and gloves and we also provide black sacks for you to put the waste in. We also offer free waste collection for all litter picks that take place in Poole. Alongside this we provide risk assessments and safety guidelines of how to run a safe litter pick, we can also cover most groups with our public liability cover.

If you have seen an area in need of a litter pick make sure to get in touch and we can help organise this with you. You can get in touch with us at any point, but do remember our litter pick stocks do get used frequently and we may not always be able to supply equipment on your chosen date.

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COMMUNITY GROUP ACTIVITIES

Come along to any of these events and activities which are all about taking action and working with ‘Friends Of’ and community groups to improve the areas that they love and work on. These are always great to attend and usually run weekly or monthly.

All the groups are open to welcoming new volunteers, you could even volunteer with a few groups and see which one works best for you. From the seaside views at Pinecliff, to the community gardens of Oakdale, there really is a way to take action in every community!

If you are interested in any of the activities listed below, please feel free to contact the activity organisers direct. Alternatively you may wish to contact us to register your interest or ask any questions. Thank you.

Community Activity Listing

Litter Pick with the Whitecliff Harbourside Park Volunteers

Start date: Saturday, 25 May 2019

End date: Saturday, 30 May 2020

At: 9.30am

Location: Whitecliff Harbourside Park, Whitecliff Road, Poole BH14 8DU

Litter Pick with the Whitecliff Harbourside Park Volunteers

On the last Saturday of each month the Whitecliff Harbourside Park Volunteers carry out a litter pick on the park. It is a great time to come together as a group and help to clean the area for the enjoyment of all users of the park. 

You can meet the group at the car park at 9:30am on the last Saturday of each month and the pick goes on until 11am.

This is just another great way to volunteer and take action whilst enjoying a beautiful environment in which to spend a Saturday morning, and a great excuse to get out into one of the most well-used and most-loved parks in Poole. 

Gardening at Oakdale Library Gardens

Start date: Monday, 27 May 2019

End date: Monday, 25 May 2020

At: 9am - 12am

Location: Oakdale Library Gardens, Wimborne Road, Poole BH15 3EF

Gardening at Oakdale Library Gardens

Every Monday of the year, a volunteer group continue their incredible work at the Oakdale Library where they have created a serene bookerie, children’s garden, commemorative garden and adventure trail. This is only a small volunteer group, so perfect for anyone who has never volunteered before.

Volunteer to take action and enjoy a lovely group volunteer activity, which incorporates general maintenance, gardening and opportunities to interact with the public – and why not pop into the library afterwards!

Gardening at Coy Pond Gardens

Start date: Tuesday, 28 May 2019

End date: Tuesday, 26 May 2020

At: 10am - 12pm

Location: Coy Pond Road, Branksome, Poole BH12 1HX

Gardening at Coy Pond Gardens

Every Tuesday of the year, the ‘Friends of Coy Pond’ continue their incredible work around Coy Pond, including the general garden areas, rockery, and pond improvements. This is a stunning area to spend a morning; the group even provide bacon sandwiches and tea for a mid-morning snack!

This is a great opportunity to volunteer and take action whilst enjoying a lovely group volunteering activity. The Coy Pond area forms the topmost part of the Bournemouth Gardens Greenway route, so you can take a beautiful walk through the upper, middle and lower gardens into town or right down to the beach after volunteering.

Hands On with with the Friends of Hamworthy Park

Start date: Wednesday, 29 May 2019

End date: Wednesday, 27 May 2020

At: 10am - 12pm

Location: Hamworthy Park, Lulworth Avenue, Poole BH15 4DH

Hands On with with the Friends of Hamworthy Park

Why not spend a Wednesday morning out with the Friends of Hamworthy Park supporting with their work in keeping the Park clean for all users? The Friends meet down by the Cafe each Wednesday from 10am until around 12pm for a litter pick and general gardening, and afterwards regularly partake in a cup of tea!

This is another great opportunity to volunteer and take action whilst enjoying a lovely group volunteering activity, and a great excuse to get out in to one of the most well-used and most-loved parks in Poole. The Friends of Hamworthy Park are one of the most active groups, with large scale projects always being worked on alongside weekly volunteer sessions.

Gardening at Pinecliff Sunken Gardens

Start date: Thursday, 30 May 2019

End date: Thursday, 28 May 2020

At: 10am-12pm

Location: Pinecliff Sunken Gardens, Canford Cliff

Gardening at Pinecliff Sunken Gardens

Every Thursday of the year, a volunteer group visits the Pinecliff Sunken Gardens to help continue making this space a truly beautiful and unique area, with stunning views across the coast and some amazing bits of planting. Whilst volunteering you can look out to sea and on a clear day see right down the beach and long both coasts east and west.

Volunteer to take action and enjoy a lovely group volunteer activity, which incorporates general maintenance, gardening, opportunities to chat with the public as well as carry out potential art projects. A perfect group and place to spend a couple of hours a week taking action to make a beautiful area for wildlife and people alike.

Volunteer Afternoons with the Adastral Square Gardening Group

Start date: Thursday, 1 August 2019

End date: Thursday, 28 May 2020

At: 14:00-16:00

Location: Adastral Square, Poole

Join the Adastral Square Community Gardening Group in looking after the wonderful garden areas placed within Adastral Square on Canford Heath. The group meet every Thursday afternoon, carrying out everything from weeding and clearing plant beds to trimming trees and planting up new areas, all whilst having a chat with passerby’s.

These sessions take place for two hours each Thursday afternoon and it is a great opportunity to visit a lesser known area of outside space which is still so vital to the local community. 

Volunteer Mornings with the Friends of Turners Nursery

Start date: Saturday, 3 August 2019

End date: Saturday, 2 May 2020

At: 10:30-12:30

Location: Upper Parkstone, Poole

Volunteer Mornings with the Friends of Turners Nursery

Originally a plant nursery owned by Bill Turner, this area encompasses the fenced-off section next to Turner’s Field (off of Upper Road and Victoria Road) in Upper Parkstone. The area was opened up for community use in 2012 and it has continued to develop ever since!

Since then, local residents have planted a natural, wildlife-friendly orchard area of apple, pear and plum trees surrounded by native species hedgerows. They have also put in a pond area alongside a willow walk and a compost area. Turner’s Nursery believe that all open space in Poole is precious and want to protect it from over development. Workdays to maintain the orchard are held on the first Saturday of each month (weather permitting). 

Gardening with the BH12 Planters

Start date: Saturday, 10 August 2019

End date: Saturday, 9 November 2019

At: 10 onwards

Location: Albert Road, Poole

Gardening with the BH12 Planters

The BH12 Planters are a local collection of residents who come together to green up the planters at the junction of Albert Road and Alcester Road, as well as planters all along Albert Road. 

This groups meets for a monthly gardening session where all ages and abilities are welcomed. It is a wonderful group and perfect for every who is looking to get out and do something different on the occasional Saturday. 

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extra experiences

These are a variety of other opportunities that are outside of open spaces and a bit more specialised, but all the more exciting because of it!

If you are interested in any opportunity listed below, please feel free to contact the organisers direct. Alternatively you may wish to contact us to register your interest or ask any questions. Thank you.

Extra Experiences Listing

Café Volunteer at Alexandra Park

Start date: Friday, 31 May 2019

End date: Sunday, 31 May 2020

At: 10am - 4pm

Location: Alexandra Park, Palmerston Road and Alexandra Road, Poole BH14 9HQ

Café Volunteer at Alexandra Park

This opportunity is based at ‘The Pavilion at Alexandra Park’, a café that has been set up in the old Bowling Pavilion at Alexandra Park, Lower Parkstone. The café needs volunteers to make drinks for customers, provide great customer service and help to keep everything looking clean and welcoming. The café is based in the heart of the park and makes use of a great bowling green area to host events. 

For many years the pavilion was left practically empty but now the new café is bringing life to it and a new place to have coffee in Penn Hill. This opportunity is great for anyone looking to get back in to work, looking for something to keep them busy, whilst also being a great addition for young people to put on their CV’s.

Support at Poole Park Information Kiosk

Start date: Friday, 31 May 2019

End date: Sunday, 31 May 2020

Support at Poole Park Information Kiosk

The information kiosk has recently been revamped and re-opened but can only open to the public if we have enough people willing to spend 2-3 hours overseeing the display that reflects the work and activities taking place through the Poole Park Life project. 

The role involves telling visitors about the works and activities, providing basic information regarding Poole Park’s heritage and running simple activities including arts & crafts.

All volunteers will be trained and supervised while they undertake this role in their first or more sessions, and will only be asked to run sessions without 1:1 support once they feel confident to do so.

If you would like further details about volunteering at the Kiosk you can email Toni Powell at toni.powell@bcpcouncil.gov.uk.

Assist at ‘new to you’

Start date: Thursday, 1 August 2019

End date: Saturday, 30 May 2020

Location: Cabot Lane, Poole

Assist at ‘new to you’

‘new to you’ is a council-led initiative that sells affordable reclaimed items, including furniture, crockery, ornaments, toys, sporting equipment and bric-a-brac. All of the items sold here were originally brought to either the Nuffield Household Waste Recycling Centre or Milhams Community Recycling Centre. It is a self-funded scheme looking to decrease waste across Poole as well as items being used to help disadvantaged local households who are in need of essential items.

This is a great opportunity to gain new skills and experiences, meet new people and contribute to a project that changes lives within your local community. All ages of volunteers are welcome, from young people just starting out in the world of work to those with a lifetime’s wisdom to share!

Volunteer with the Poole Heathlands Team

Start date: Thursday, 1 August 2019

End date: Sunday, 31 May 2020

Volunteer with the Poole Heathlands Team

Poole’s Heathland is a true treasure under constant threat. We are lucky to have lots of it in Poole but we need help to keep it safeguarding as well as to help keep it flourishing. Help BCP Council to ensure it remains a haven for rare wildlife and an asset for our community by going along to one of Poole Heathlands volunteer sessions which take place regularly (click the link to find out about their next events).

You will work alongside the Council’s Heathland Team to help safeguard this jewel to ensure it remains a wildlife haven and valuable asset for our community. A biscuit is always on offer and there is a great range of tasks to be carried out across Poole.

Gardening in Poole Park

Start date: Thursday, 8 August 2019

End date: Thursday, 28 May 2020

At: 16:00-19:00

Location: Poole Park, Poole

Gardening in Poole Park

Would you like to take part in some gardening at Poole Park? From general pruning and weeding to new planting, this volunteering is perfect for anyone looking to help keep the Borough park looking fantastic, alongside those who can only volunteer after work (volunteering goes on until 7pm).

No experience is needed and all tools are provided, just wear suitable footwear and some old clothing. Work takes place on different parts of the park depending on the task and tasks are normally 3 hours.