Volunteering opportunities for all in 2023PUBLISHED ON: 21 DECEMBER 2022
The New Forest National Park Volunteer Fair is back, offering people the chance to make a difference, boost their health and well-being and try something new in 2023.
There are many opportunities available to volunteer in the beautiful New Forest. They’re all being showcased in the hugely-popular Fair taking place on 29 January 2023, between 10.30am and 4pm at Brockenhurst Village Hall.
Many local groups will be offering hundreds of roles to suit all ages, interests and abilities. The event is free to enter and you can just turn up on the day, browse the stands and find out more about the fantastic opportunities on offer.
Over the years the annual Fair has introduced thousands of volunteers to local organisations. In the 12 years it’s been running, it has welcomed almost 5,000 people from all walks of life through its doors.
Roles range from heritage conservation to working with rare species, plus practical tasks in beautiful natural surroundings.
You could be surveying wildlife or encouraging others to learn about history and culture; supporting people in your local community or helping to protect internationally-important habitats.
Among the 40 organisations attending are Butterfly Conservation; Citizens Advice New Forest; Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service; Lymington Hospital Friends; New Forest Agricultural Show Society; New Forest Sailability, and Woodlander Coppice.
As well as connecting you with the New Forest’s landscapes and people, volunteering is great for keeping you busy, making new friends and keeping you happy. You can give as much or as little time as you like, and you’ll be fully supported with training and equipment.
Fair organiser Jim Mitchell, from the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘We’re pleased to be able to host the fair this year where people can once again meet in person. It brings people together in a lovely atmosphere to talk about exciting things to do in the National Park and surrounding area.
‘Different people have their own reasons for volunteering, and every volunteer has their own story to tell about what they have gained from volunteering and what they have given to the Forest. Taking care of the New Forest National Park really is a team effort, and we couldn’t do it without the help of amazing volunteers. We’re looking forward to welcoming more to the friendly team in 2023!’
Top 10 reasons to volunteer:
- Help the environment
- Connect with nature
- Meet new people
- Get outdoors
- Be active
- Have fun
- Learn new things about the New Forest
- Develop new skills
- Increase mental wellbeing
- Make a difference