CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS!
Our Volunteers have been awarded with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for their exceptional work over the last 20 years!
Tom Brock, CEO at the time, said “We are absolutely delighted to hear that our wonderful volunteers have been recognised by Her Majesty The Queen for their outstanding voluntary service – a richly deserved award. We are incredibly grateful to all those who have volunteered for the charity from inception to the current day. Our survival and our successes have only been possible thanks to their passion and dedication. It is truly wonderful to meet and work with so many people who care so much about our very special marine wildlife as well as their local community.”
Chair of the Seabird Centre Volunteers, Sandy Forrest said: “This is just an amazing award, and totally unexpected. The Volunteers really enjoy helping at the Scottish Seabird Centre as we have such a varied experience, from assisting with school groups; to meeting visitors from the local area and from other countries of the world; and getting involved with the conservation and environmental activities so valuable to our community. We particularly appreciate working with a young, committed staff who make it possible for us to support them in their endeavours.”
THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO FOR US!
Support the Seabird Centre
We have an invaluable group of Volunteers of all ages - the Scottish Seabird Centre would be lost without them! There are a range of ages and abilities; some volunteer once a month and some a few hours a week. No matter how much time you have to offer, or what you would like to do, we’d love to hear from you.
Our Volunteers meet visitors to the Centre, fundraise and much more. It’s very enjoyable, a great way to meet people and provides vital support to the Centre.
Mary Tebble is an extraordinary volunteer who embarked on an unusal adventure in 2011 to raise money for the Centre. Read all about her Wild Flower Hunt, plus even more findings.
See below for an update from Sandy, the Chair of the Volunteer, from a recent members' magazine - this will give you a flavour for the kind of things they get up to!
Since the last Members’ Magazine, the Volunteer Group has continued to be involved in a range of activities. Each new challenge is faced with great enthusiasm, whether it is thinking of ideas on how to raise funds or making decisions on how best to support the Scottish Seabird Centre.
Meeting and greeting visitors to the Discovery Centre remains our prime activity, where talking to visitors about the cameras and what wildlife can be seen on the islands, is enhanced by conversations about the proposed National Marine Centre – what an exciting project.
Since the last magazine our fundraising events have included the ever-popular annual Jazz Night; an Apple Fest Coffee Morning in October, held at the Abbey Church, where surprisingly the baking was apple themed; a very successful Christmas Coffee Morning at the Hope Rooms in December; and a well-supported screening of the first Dr Bryan Nelson Memorial lecture on puffins, in February.
Several Volunteers assisted at the stocktake in November and others played a part in recruiting new Members during Members’ Christmas Shopping Week, where we chatted to visitors and served mince pies and punch. We also met as a group to trim and sort used stamps, before sending them off in return for a small cash award.
As well as these major events, we continue to assist with admin tasks in the office; distribute posters and leaflets for events; assist Education with the Wildlife and Holiday Clubs; dress as pirates and judge the costume competition; and attend fortnightly cafe meetings and monthly meetings in the Education Centre. Two Volunteers have also spent numerous hours, collecting information on the Scottish Seabird Centre since its inception, and sorting this in chronological order so that the history of the Centre is preserved as we enter a time of change.
Donations for special projects over the last year have included a sum towards the provision of a large whiteboard for the Discovery Centre, which is updated daily with information about the birds that can be seen on the cameras. Updating of books for the children’s area is presently ongoing, plus a refreshing of the soft toys and games in the Exhibition area.
The Volunteers do work very hard, but are rewarded by a great deal of enjoyment and friendship. We are always looking for new members for our group, and hope that some Seabird Centre Members might consider joining us. A note or call to the Office will receive a quick reply from us!
It gives me great pleasure to work with such a committed group of people – please think about joining us.