Adrian is Trustee and Chair of River Holme Connections – a local charity which aims to improve the whole of the River Holme Catchment by connecting people, businesses and wildlife. They provide practical volunteering opportunities and have a full programme of walks, talks and training events. Adrian also volunteers with the Peak District National Park Authority.
HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT VOLUNTEERING?
My parents instilled a ‘give more than you take’ principle. I have been volunteering in communities I have lived in since a child mainly in the areas of community wellbeing, scouting and environmental causes. With River Holme connections I worked with other like-minded trustees to establish the volunteering programme. It has exceeded all expectations. The volunteers are wonderful not least their knowledge and care for the River Holme.
WHAT TYPES OF ACTIVITIES DO YOU USUALLY DO WHEN YOU VOLUNTEER?
Most of my volunteering is spent on helping lead the charity. This includes keeping in touch with other trustees and staff, chairing our quarterly meetings; looking ahead and spotting opportunities for the team to follow up; writing / editing some funding bids and providing assurance of the capital projects we have delivered. I do also greatly enjoy the practical work, for example balsam bashing and river clean-ups.
HOW HAS YOUR ROLE CHANGED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS?
Very little has changed as a lot of my time is spent on the phone, email or computer. Of course the practical tasks have stopped but I know we will be returning to those when the time is right – hopefully shortly!
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT VOLUNTEERING?
I like meeting and learning from other people. I also greatly enjoy walking my dog, Maisy down by the river taking in the changes such as access and wildlife improvements and feeling proud that I have played a very small part in improving the river environment for others to enjoy. The highlight this year was spotting two kingfishers in Magwood and Holmfirth.
I would like to say thank you to all volunteers. Our special places like The River Holme benefit hugely from your time, expertise and financial contributions.
You can find out more about River Home Connections here.