Blackwater Valley Countryside

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Out on a task

On each task

  • A leader is in charge
  • A task sheet is prepared outlining the day’s work, the task leader, first aid person, nearest telephone and any potential hazards
  • A person trained in first aid attends
  • First aid equipment is taken along
  • A mobile phone is taken for emergency use and to contact volunteers
  • A safety talk is given at the start highlighting the specific hazards of the day
  • Tools and training are provided, no experience is necessary
  • Everyone is encouraged to work at his or her own pace
  • There are breaks throughout the day when refreshments are provided
  • You need to wear outdoor clothing, boots or wellies and bring waterproofs and a packed lunch
  • Volunteers less than 16 years of age need to be accompanied by an adult

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  • Tea, coffee, squash and biscuits are available on every task
  • Bring your own lunch
  • We operate a no smoking policy in vehicles and buildings
  • You can smoke on task, but we ask you to smoke away from non-smokers
  • All litter from your lunch etc. should be taken home with you

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Travel expenses

Volunteers, who arrange with a member of staff beforehand to use their own vehicle to help transport other volunteers, will be entitled to claim car mileage.

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While you are volunteering on behalf of the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership you are covered for personal accident and liability insurance through Hampshire County Council.

Conservation groups affiliated to the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) are insured by the BTCV.

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You will need to wear:

  • Outdoor clothing suitable for gardening
  • Boots or wellies (steel toe-caps recommended)
  • Waterproofs if necessary

We will supply you with:

  • A pair of gloves
  • Waterproof coat, trousers and wellies if you have not brought your own (we only have a limited supply of these)

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Tools and other equipment

All tools are:

  • Provided and ongoing training is given for their correct use and handling
  • Regularly checked and maintained

Note also that:

  • Vehicles, boats and power tools may be used on task when authorised by the task leader
  • Techniques in conservation activities are demonstrated before you start
  • Special training sessions form task days throughout the year