St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Category: Volunteers' diary

Rewarding Work And Awarding Work

I think we can all agree that the past few months have been incredibly difficult, and we have observed a lot of change. However, not all change is bad, and it seems the current health crisis has brought about a newfound appreciation for nature (or maybe just more validation in a long-found appreciation). Despite restrictions […]

Posted 23 October 2020 | Categories: Volunteers' diary | Tags: green flag community award, Himalayan balsam, Scything, seed sowing, volunteering

From Mexico to the Natural History Museum – via St Nicks!

We have so enjoyed working with Ana Ilse Benavides Lahnstein, St Nicks Volunteer Environmental Education Assistant. Here she shares a bit about herself, her time at St Nicks, and her exciting new role at the Natural History Museum. Q: Tell us a bit about yourself. A: My name is Ana Ilse. Like most humans, I […]

Posted 13 July 2020 | Categories: Volunteers' diary | Tags: citizen science, education, environmental education, volunteer, volunteering

Love Letter to Heworth Holme

By St Nicks Volunteer, Tessa McClary   Look under a leaf, and you’ll spot a bright red ladybug. Dig under the carpet of grass, and you’ll see a worm inching its way through the mud. Watch the puddle next to the bund, until a golden frog lopes his way down to the water. If you […]

Posted 22 November 2019 | Categories: Volunteers' diary | Tags: nature, Scything, volunteering, wildlife

With a little help from our friends: St Nicks volunteers making a difference

Our hard working and hardy volunteers have been at it again, day and night, come rain or shine. Apart from our regular weekly sessions, we offer plenty of drop-in opportunities if you’d like to volunteer with us to look for wildlife or to help York to bloom and buzz. Here is a summary of recent […]

Posted 18 October 2019 | Categories: Stories, Volunteers' diary, Wildwatch | Tags: meadow, student action, volunteer, wildflowers, wildlife

Trustees – what, why and how?

You probably know that charities have “trustees” or a “board” but do you know why and what that actually entails? Could YOU or someone you know become St Nicks’ trustee? In this post we explain what the responsibilities and benefits are. If you’d like to know more, just get in touch. Trustees are a group […]

Posted 16 April 2019 | Categories: Inspiration, Volunteers' diary | Tags: awards, charity, governance, recruitment, St Nicks, trustees

Volunteer Insights: Jacob

For our final volunteer insight blog, I spoke to Jacob who has been volunteering since September 2017 as part of his studies. Currently at sixth form at Archbishop Holgates, Jacob volunteers to get experience away from the classroom. As a young student still in school education, I thought it would be great to see what […]

Posted 7 June 2018 | Categories: Inspiration, Volunteers' diary | Tags: conservation, experience, nature, placement, planting, Scything, Skills, volunteering, wildlife, Wildwatch

Volunteer Insights: Kaye and Cliff

For the fourth installment of our volunteer insights, I spoke to Cliff and Kaye who, along with Ian, lead our Wildwatch sessions, to find out more about their volunteering experience. What is your role at St Nicks and what does that involve? Kaye: Currently three of them:  serving as a trustee; a founder member of the […]

Posted 6 June 2018 | Categories: Inspiration, Volunteers' diary | Tags: bioblitz, insects, kingfisher, parent bug, retirement, trustee, volunteer, volunteer diary, volunteering, volunteers week, Water Rail, wildlife, Wildwatch

Volunteer Insights: Emma and Eleanor

Now on day three of our volunteer blogs, I caught up with Support Volunteers, Emma and Eleanor, who help to supervise the Student Action Volunteers of a Wednesday afternoon, to find out how they feel about volunteering at St Nicks. What is your role at St Nicks and what does that involve? Emma: I am a […]

Posted 5 June 2018 | Categories: Inspiration, Volunteers' diary | Tags: nature, planting, seed sowing, students, university, volunteering, volunteers week, water vole, wetland meadow, wildflowers

Volunteer Insights: Freya

The second of our volunteer insights comes from Freya who has been volunteering for 2 years at St Nicks, helping with events and leading the Ecotherapy Bearing Fruit sessions. I caught up with Freya to see what appeals to her about volunteering at St Nicks. What is your role at St Nicks and what does […]

Posted 4 June 2018 | Categories: Inspiration, Volunteers' diary | Tags: conservation, ecotherapy, health and wellbeing, identification, mental health, volunteer diary, volunteering, volunteers week, wildflowers

Volunteer Insights: Stewart and Eithne

It’s Volunteers’ Week again- a time to celebrate our volunteers and all of the incredible work that they do for us. As Volunteer Coordinator, I thought it would be a great idea to chat to some of our wonderful volunteers to find out what they get out of volunteering and why they keep coming back! […]

Posted 1 June 2018 | Categories: Inspiration, Volunteers' diary | Tags: confidence, ecotherapy, family, greenspaces, health and wellbeing, retired, Skills, volunteer, volunteer diary, volunteer week, volunteering week, Wildwatch