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Voluntary Opportunities
Isle of Wight Branch

We are always looking for bright and enthusiastic volunteers to help us on the Island.   If you have some spare time and share our passion for preserving our green spaces then please get in touch.

Our Island countryside is wonderful - help us look after it.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England is an equal opportunities employer.

Planning Volunteer/Caseworker - CPRE Isle of Wight

CPRE fights for a better future for the English Countryside. We work locally and nationally to protect, shape and enhance our beautiful, thriving countryside for everyone to value and enjoy.

Campaigning throughout England is carried out by county-based branches, which aim to influence decision making on a range of environmental and land-use issues. At CPRE Isle of Wight we have an exciting opportunity for a Planning Volunteers to join us to help with our core work.

Activities involve:

• acting as a first point of contact in receiving a weekly list of planning applications from the local Council
• disseminating information of local planning applications to members of the Branch’s Planning Sub-Committee
• investigating planning applications which have a significant impact upon the countryside and helping us to influence their outcome
• visiting the local planning offices to look at plans and record details and liaising with planning Councillors and the Planning Committee over any major planning proposals
• reviewing plans, applications and other consultations on the internet
• visiting sites and recording details
• liaising with parish councils, district councils and other conservation bodies
• sharing the information, and your thoughts, with CPRE Isle of Wight
• responding to planning applications and producing official responses on behalf of the Branch
• Maintaining good relationships with the Isle of Wight’s Astronomical Society (VAS) and the AONB Unit with respect to gaining International Dark Sky accreditation for the Isle of Wight.

As your skills develop you will be encouraged and supported to:
• draft letters to the local planning authority 
• research planning policy and best practice
• assist in the preparation of responses to wider consultations, including planning appeals
• contribute to our Policy Committee and assist CPRE Isle of Wight in planning research.

This role does not require any previous experience with planning, as training and guidance will be provided – but previous planning knowledge would be welcomed.


What we need from you:
This is a home-based role, we keep in regular contact via phone and/or email to discuss progress and to provide support. You would also be encouraged to attend group meetings, which are held in Carisbrooke Priory, Newport, on alternate months.
This is an opportunity to be involved in a vital aspect of our work.  You will gain satisfaction from investigating local concerns, improve your knowledge of the planning system, meet local people and feel part of a friendly and passionate group.
Ideally, we hope that you can offer us most of the qualities described below:
• a strong interest in the countryside
• an understanding of the planning system (or be willing to learn)
• an interest in investigative work, with an eye for detail
• a desire to share your knowledge with others in the branch
• good communication skills - written and verbal
• can attend meetings or, when not possible, can provide updates for meetings
• computer literate - the internet, e-mail and MS Word or equivalent

As a guide, we anticipate this voluntary role normally will take 3-4 hours per week.


What’s in it for you?
CPRE volunteers are motivated to help for a range of reasons, but normally they have a strong interest in protecting and enhancing the environment, as well as encouraging people to enjoy the countryside and all it has to offer.

Benefits include:
• A great opportunity to use your existing experience and to develop new skills
• Working with others to make a difference both locally and nationally
• The potential to meet and discuss issues with a wide range of like-minded people
• Opportunities to attend local and national CPRE activities, events and workshops
The role is voluntary although we will pay all out-of-pocket expenses with prior agreement, in line with our Volunteers Policy.

Contact details: For more information on this role or others like it, please contact:

The Hon Sec at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Also visit our website: isleofwight.cprelocalgroups.org.uk

Closing Date: TBA


Events Volunteer - CPRE Isle of Wight

CPRE fights for a better future for the English Countryside. We work locally and nationally to protect, shape and enhance our beautiful, thriving countryside for everyone to value and enjoy.

Campaigning throughout England is carried out by county-based branches, which aim to influence decision making on a range of environmental and land-use issues. At CPRE Isle of Wight we have an exciting opportunity for a Events Volunteer to help us with our core work.

Activities include:
• Coordinating the Branch’s Good Lighting Awards, including: collating nominations; finalising the Judging Panel; submitting nominations to the Panel; producing engaging promotional material and certificates; and coordinating the celebratory Awards presentation day
• Assist with organising our much-valued and well-known litter picking events, which are part of the national ‘Stop the Drop’ campaign
• Facilitating the annual New Year Luncheon for our branch members, helping to engage them in our issues and feel valued as CPRE supporters, and arranging for a special speaker to attend as part of an uplifting and celebratory day
• contributing ideas for volunteer recruitment and fundraising events based on experience, contacts and interests
• taking a lead in organising volunteer recruitment and fundraising events for the branch, seeking to engage and recruit new members and maximise income through ticket sales, auction/raffles and good budgeting
• gathering names at events for future follow-up and creating mailing lists
• building relationships with local businesses/corporates to negotiate sponsorship
• researching the possibility of CPRE members, supporters and patrons who have celebrated homes or gardens contributing to the events programme
• attending shows and exhibitions, especially Isle of Wight volunteer recruitment fairs and the IW Literary Festival
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• researching trusts, Lottery grants and other funding sources to seek income for events/campaigns, making applications if required
• being an enthusiastic advocate for the charity at all times - asking people to join, giving out leaflets, gathering names of interested parties and talking about our work

 The Events Volunteer would be involved in all aspects of planning an event including:
• agreeing a budget with the Executive Committee
• designing posters and leaflets, with the help of volunteers or outside agencies
• sourcing staging, audio equipment, catering and all other necessary resources
• arranging photography for the event
• managing the day and providing feedback afterwards

What we need from you:
This is a home-based role, we keep in regular contact via phone and/or email to discuss progress and to provide support. You would also be encouraged to attend group meetings, which are held in Carisbrooke Priory, Newport on alternate months.
This is an opportunity to play a valued role in a respected environmental organisation, gain satisfaction from planning and managing a successful event, meet new people and be part of a friendly and passionate group.
Ideally, we hope that you can offer us most of the qualities described below:
• some experience of running or being involved in event management
• confident at contacting people by phone and talking to a range of people from different backgrounds
• well organised and able to keep clear, accurate records
• able to work to deadlines and be responsible for following through on agreements/arrangements
• able to work as a team player, be flexible and willing to adapt
• computer literate - the internet, e-mail and MS Word or equivalent
• an interest in the countryside

As a guide, we anticipate this voluntary role will take 3-4 hours per week, with additional time in the run up to an event. 

What’s in it for you?
CPRE volunteers are motivated to help for a range of reasons, but normally they have a strong interest in protecting and enhancing the environment, as well as encouraging people to enjoy the countryside and all it has to offer.

Benefits include:
• A great opportunity to use your existing experience and to develop new skills
• Working with others to make a difference both locally and nationally
• The potential to meet and discuss issues with a wide range of like-minded people
• Opportunities to attend local and national CPRE activities, events and workshops
• For those looking to get into event management this is an opportunity to improve your CV and gain valuable practical experience.
The role is voluntary although we will pay all out-of-pocket expenses with prior agreement, in line with our Volunteers Policy.
Contact details: For more information on this role or others like it, please contact:
The Hon Sec  at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Also visit our website: isleofwight.cprelocalgroups.org.uk

Closing Date: TBA

Volunteer Press Officer - CPRE Isle of Wight

CPRE fights for a better future for the English Countryside. We work locally and nationally to protect, shape and enhance our beautiful, thriving countryside for everyone to value and enjoy.

Campaigning throughout England is carried out by county-based branches, which aim to influence decision making on a range of environmental and land-use issues. At CPRE Isle of Wight we have an exciting opportunity for a Press Officer to join us to help with our core work.

Activities involve:
• Issuing press releases and letters to publicise Branch events and campaigns
• Acting as the first point of contact with the media for CPRE locally
• Dealing with media enquiries or finding the appropriate person within the branch
• Keeping a database of editors and journalists of newspapers and local rural publications
• Liaising with the National Office press officer and considering how a local angle could be brought to national press releases
• Ensuring press releases are featured on the Branch website and news is communicated through web and social media
• Arranging for journalists to attend CPRE Isle of Wight events
• Ensuring that membership and volunteer recruitment form a part of media work
• Being an enthusiastic advocate for the charity at all times - asking people to join, giving out leaflets, gathering names of interested parties and talking about our work

What we need from you:
This is a home-based role, we keep in regular contact via phone and/or email to discuss progress and to provide support. You would also be encouraged to attend group meetings, which are held in Carisbrooke Priory, Newport on alternate months.
This is an opportunity to play a central role in a respected environmental organisation, being part of a friendly and passionate group, and developing an interest in or experience of media work.
Ideally, we hope that you can offer us most of the qualities described below:
• An interest in the countryside
• Ability to translate technical issues into a format interesting and accessible to the general public
• Experience of writing for publication and for web
• Ability to liaise with journalists from all media
• Confidence in public speaking
• Initiative, able to work independently whilst recognising limits of remit
• Computer literate - the internet, e-mail and MS Word or equivalent

As a guide, we anticipate this voluntary role will take 3-4 hours per week. 

What’s in it for you?
CPRE volunteers are motivated to help for a range of reasons, but normally they have a strong interest in protecting and enhancing the environment, as well as encouraging people to enjoy the countryside and all it has to offer.

Benefits include:
• A great opportunity to use your existing experience and to develop new skills
• Working with others to make a difference both locally and nationally
• The potential to meet and discuss issues with a wide range of like-minded people
• Opportunities to attend local and national CPRE activities, events and workshops
• A valuable chance to upgrade your CV.  CPRE is a respected organisation at all levels and your working with us could enhance future working within the Media
The role is voluntary although we will pay all out-of-pocket expenses with prior agreement, in line with our Volunteers Policy.

Contact details: For more information on this role or others like it, please contact:
The Hon Sec  at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Also visit our website: isleofwight.cprelocalgroups.org.uk

Closing Date:TBA

 

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