New volunteer opportunities at the Nature Discovery Centre

New volunteer opportunities at the Nature Discovery Centre

Our Engaging with Nature project, based in Thatcham, is looking for volunteers. Project officer, Carrie Starbuck explains more about the role and how to get involved.

Research shows how nature has incredible benefits for both our physical and mental health, but it was during the pandemic when people turned towards their local green spaces for sanctuary, often for the first time, that really drove this truth home.

Our Engaging with Nature project, based at the Nature Discovery Centre in Thatcham, harnesses the healing power of nature to improve mental health and wellbeing. We now have an exciting opportunity for volunteers to support the Wildlife Trust’s unique Engaging with Nature project. 

Over 10 weeks we work with a small group to learn, grow and connect. Using the principles of nature connection these outdoor sessions will build confidence, self-esteem and improve wellbeing for participants and volunteers alike.

As a volunteer you will be integral to inspiring and supporting the group in nature connection activities such as, mindfulness, eco-art and wildlife conservation.

There will be a range of fun activities to be involved with such as:

  • Leading and supporting in creative eco-therapy activities (full training will be provided)
  • Proactively participating in ‘talking circles’ to encourage a safe sharing space
  • Assisting with the set up for sessions, for example, preparing food and drinks or putting up rain shelters.
  • Assisting with the post-session wrap up such as taking down shelters and tidying the area.
  • Supporting Carrie, the project officer, wherever possible. 

We are also keen to use your own skills and interests so we can all collectively support the group and enhance the programme.

Sessions are every Thursday and we're looking for volunteers to start with us from the end of August.

For more information, please email us:

Other volunteering opportunities at the Nature Discovery Centre

Nature Memories Cafe
We're looking for a lead facilitator for our popular Nature Memories Cafe for people living with dementia and their loved ones. The group meets every fortnight and includes nature-focused activities. 

If you have experience of dementia care or working with older people, and could plan and manage the sessions, please get in touch to find out more.

Community Orchard
Our lovely orchard is in need of a co-ordinator to manage its upkeep. You'll recruit and manage a volunteer team to look after the trees and hedges, and run events to get the local community involved.

Trailside Ambassadors
If you enjoy chatting to people about nature and live near Thatcham, how about becoming a trailside ambassador and sharing your love of wildlife with our visitors? Hours to suit.

If you're interested in any of these roles, or know someone who might be, please contact us to find out more about what's involved. Email