Help fundraise for conservation in Northern England

12647326_10156445209105114_3425609922643992106_nConservation charity the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is seeking volunteers in Greater Manchester to manage pin badge boxes.

The RSPB was founded in Manchester’s leafy Didsbury in 1889 where a group of ladies were opposed to the barbarous trade in plumes for women’s hats. This fashion was responsible for the destruction of many thousands of egrets, birds of paradise and other species whose feathers had become fashionable in the late Victorian era.

The RSPB’s pin badge boxes are one of our most successful fundraising tools. Last year our pin badge boxes in the North of England raised almost £200,000 for conservation. All the money from our pin badge boxes and collection tins stays in the region, helping to conserve our local nature reserves and educational programmes.

We are looking for local volunteers to visit pin badges sites near them every 4-6 weeks to empty the donations, count the money, top up the box with new badges and bank the money. By hosting a box you would be doing your bit to help conserve nature.

Currently we have a team of a dozen volunteers in Greater Manchester and we are looking to grow the scheme significantly in the coming weeks. Ruth Ellul (Senior Development Officer at The University of Manchester) is the volunteer area coordinator for the Greater Manchester region. She works closely with the Northern England Community Fundraiser Vicki Lamb, who is based at the Lancaster office.

The RSPB makes a difference in Manchester through our engagement work with schools and our Dove Stone nature reserve just outside of Oldham. As a team we communicate with the public about the work we do and the impact we have on local wildlife, showing how important it is to save nature. We communicate with various school groups, getting them out in the wild exploring and seeing nature at its finest.

Once a year we send our volunteers a certificate to say thank you and volunteers are also invited to attend our thank you event so they can see where the money goes and how it helps to protect and save nature. You would have the chance to meet people and chat to them about the RSPB.

For more information, please contact:

Ruth Ellul

07825 592644

ruth.ellul@manchester.ac.uk

www.rspb.org.uk/joinandhelp/volunteering/471-northern-england-independents-pin-badge-box-minder

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