We welcome the latest member to the team, Helen, our brand new
Volunteer Coordinator. Here she tells us a little about
herself and what she has planned for The Helix!
I am very excited about my new
role at The Helix as Volunteer Co-ordinator!
It combines my two main passion's:
greenspace and communities. These themes have been evident
throughout my working life. I began in Reddish Vale Country Park,
near Manchester better known for 'Mr. Blooms Nursery', a BBC
children's show that filmed in a community garden I helped create.
I have worked and volunteered with local people through charities
and local authorities on many greenspace projects. One example is
Stirling based charity Forth Environment Link where I was a member
of staff and when I left for a career break to care for my young
family I was delighted to be invited to become a Trustee which I
enjoyed doing for over 4 years. I am a keen walker (not so much
rambler) and so I hope to see you as I stomp round the park. I very
much support Stepforth, as a former Health Walks Co-ordinator
myself who was responsible for the largest scheme of its kind in
I have lots of exciting plans for
THe Helix in the foreseeable future and well as supporting
colleagues across Falkirk Community Trust on all things volunteer
related! I gained considerable experience in this area whilst
working at Volunteer Centre, Bath where I lead the organisation to
become nationally accredited and supported over 200 local voluntary
organisations on best practice.
I was interested in The Helix from
the early days, I came along to the community consultations and
frequently visit the site with my family. The Helix has involved
volunteers and the community from its very conception. I would like
to reignite this energy and passion and take it into the future.
There are a number of fantastic volunteers that shaped what we see
today. We can build on these foundations and involve more people to
take The Helix forward.
The Helix is a great dynamic site
and I am working to develop a variety of roles that local people
will enjoy, plus the park and all its visitors will benefit from.
The Helix Green Team is the first opportunity to go live and get
involved with. This is an outdoor, hands-on opportunity alongside
the Gardeners and Park Attendants. Volunteers will carry out
various conservation and gardening tasks in the lesser known areas
of Helix Park. A programme of activities are being developed such
as planting, plant and animal habitat development and maintenance.
All tools and training will be provided. Volunteers are required to
bring wellies, waterproofs and enthusiasm. For more details or to
book your place for on the Helix Green Team for Tuesday
31st May, get in touch!
Other roles include Helix Event
Volunteers which is an exciting role given the amount and variety
of an ever growing events calendar that takes place at Helix. Do
you remember the Helix Ambassadors?
I am very interested in developing
the Helix Ambassadors, a role that volunteers made a great success
of before the Helix opened. I would like to refresh that role, now
the park is opened. Introducing the kind of training that
Clyde-siders and Olympic volunteers received and will really
enhance the visitors experience to The Helix and benefit the
you are interested getting together for a chat, joining The Helix
Green Team or other aspects of volunteering at The Helix contact
Helen on FCTVolunteering@Falkirkcommunitytrust.org 01324
590600 or have a look for more information here.